Friday, 22 March 2024 16:39

Saudi Arabia inaugurates the world’s first Dragon Ball theme park

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Shortly after the death of Akira Toriyama, the legendary "Dragon Ball" universe will find its place in the real world - the globe's first theme park dedicated to this series is set to be established in Saudi Arabia. The centerpiece of this ambitious project will be the world of Son Goku, the hero with extraordinary martial arts skills on a quest to find the seven magical orbs that summon a wish-granting dragon.

The park will be located in Qiddiya, an entertainment and tourism complex on the outskirts of the country's capital, Riyadh. The project announcement was jointly made by Qiddiya Investment Company and Toei Animation.

Interest in manga and anime grows in the Kingdom

With the announcement of the park's construction, it's important to note the growing interest in Japanese culture in Saudi Arabia. Manga and anime are becoming increasingly popular there, as confirmed by Manga Productions, which states that there are already about 13 million fans of the genre in the Kingdom alone, with the number reaching 85 million across the Arab region.

A new dimension of Dragon Ball adventures

The Dragon Ball theme park is expected to cover an area exceeding 500,000 square meters, featuring various zones inspired by iconic locations from the manga and anime, such as Kame House, Capsule Corporation, and Beerus's Planet. The project also plans to implement over 30 attractions, including five technologically advanced rides, making Qiddiya a real treat for series fans. Offering themed hotels and restaurants as well, the park has the potential to attract Dragon Ball enthusiasts from around the world, serving as a tribute to Toriyama's legacy and the global reach of his work. "Dragon Ball," first published as a manga series in 1984, gained international fame, becoming one of the most recognizable brands worldwide and contributing to the popularization of manga and anime on a global scale.