An entertainment park with a visitor experience based on the science fiction show Star Trek is set to be built along the coast of Jordan.
The $1.55bn Red Sea Astrarium will be designed by architects Callison in co-operation with entertainment company Rubicon Group. Arabtec will undertake construction work.
The project is set to include a themed boutique hotel, a five star hotel, a family hotel, and a hotel specialising in meetings and conferences.
The park will also feature retail, dining and entertainment waterfronts overlooking a man-made lagoon.
Its waterfronts will have a number of attractions including a cinema, adventure centre, theater, water park and the signature “Star Trek immersive experience”, created in collaboration with Paramount and CBS who own the rights to the long running TV show and film series..
Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, managing director and CEO of Arabtec Holding, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this important project which will further boost the Jordanian economy and enhance the country’s attraction as a tourist destination. We are already actively involved in two major projects in Jordan and look forward to expanding our presence there to take advantage of Jordan’s huge potential.
“Apart from its high value and significant contribution to our long term investment, which will translate in sustainable returns to our shareholders, this project provides further recognition of Arabtec as a leading international provider of complex mixed-use developments.”
Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014, with the third quarter of 2017 targeted as the soft opening date.