Six Flags sets sights on Dubai


Six Flags, which owns and operates 21 theme parks across the U.S., has its eye on park No. 22 -- in Dubai.

The New York-based park operator is teaming with Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, on its first park outside North America, a 5 million-square-foot project within Tatweer's quickly expanding Dubailand development. The Six Flags park joins previously announced projects including Universal Studios Dubailand, DreamWorks Animation Park and Tiger Woods Dubai.

In addition to the theme park, which will incorporate such properties as children's musical group the Wiggles and skateboarder Tony Hawk, Tatweer and Six Flags plan to join forces on new concepts across the region, including Six Flags theme and waterparks, branded restaurants and hotels.

"It is a privilege for Tatweer to be selected by Six Flags as its regional partner and Dubaland as the destination to host the first Six Flags theme park outside of North America," Tatweer executive chairman Saeed Al Muntafiq said.

Added Six Flags president and CEO Mark Shapiro: "This is an historic day for our company. Expanding Six Flags beyond our current North American borders validates the growing strength and momentum of our brand."