King Abdullah II of Jordan has given the go signal to build a new $1.5 billion Red Sea Astrarium project to be built in the city of Aqaba that will feature Star Trek-themed attractions. The good thing about this, aside from the Star Trek theme park, is it will use renewable energy to power the park in order to lower its carbon footprint.
King Abdullah II has been a huge Star Trek fan, in fact, he briefly appeared in an episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager.
The park’s developer, Rubicon Group Holding (RGH), has announced its deal with CBS for the Star Trek theme park, who was also funded by the king.
“The themed entertainment destination will serve as a model for ‘green energy,’ incorporating state-of-the-art renewable technologies throughout the facility, and hosting a ‘future’ pavilion where businesses, students and attendees can learn about alternative energy sources ranging from solar and wind energy to greywater harvesting,” Rubicon Group Holding said in a statement.
The construction of the Red Sea Astrarium will commence in 2012, and the resort will open in 2014. The 184-acre resort will feature four hotels and 17 entertainment zones, and is said to create 500 jobs during its construction.
The Star Trek theme park will deliver multi-sensory experiences that are seen in most high-end theme parks. It will include a space flight adventure, which they said will provide “immersive entertainment experiences.”