The world’s first Dragon Ball Z theme park is being constructed in Saudi Arabia

From Cologne to KSA: How Video Games and Anime are Changing the Tourism Landscape

At the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany, visitors had the opportunity to try out the latest version of Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. The popular game attracted a lot of attention from fans and gamers alike who were eager to experience the exciting new features.

Saudi Arabia has recently announced plans to build the first-ever Dragon Ball Z theme park as part of the kingdom’s Qiddiya project. This 5.3 million square foot entertainment venue will feature seven different areas inspired by the original Japanese anime television series, along with over 30 themed rides, hotels, and restaurants. The park is set to have five “world first” rides, including a 230-foot-high roller coaster named Shenron after the series’ magical dragon.

The kingdom’s investment in video games and anime goes beyond just building a theme park. Collaborations between Japan-based Toei Animation and MiSK, a foundation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have resulted in new anime movies. The Saudi Public Investment Fund, a major shareholder in Nintendo, has also shown interest in these industries.

Qiddiya aims to become a major tourist destination with over 400 specific attractions including golf courses, theme parks, and hotels. With plans to host millions of visitors annually, the city is part of the kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy away from oil dependence. The Vision 2030 project spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has set ambitious goals for tourism in Saudi Arabia with a target of 150 million tourists by 2030

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