The area of Star Trek attractions continues to heat up. Today a new attraction themed around the 2009 Star Trek movie was announced as part of a larger Red Sea resort development in Jordan. Details below. [UPDATE: Artist impression of resort added]
Star Trek Attraction Coming To Jordan Resort In 2014
Last month TrekMovie reported that a Star Trek attraction will be included in a planned Paramount Pictures theme park in Murcia, Spain. Now comes news that another international park is to include a Star Trek attraction, this time in Jordan. The Rubicon Group announced today they had signed a deal with CBS to include a Star Trek themed center as part of The Red Sea Astrarium (TSRA), a $1 Billion themed entertainment resort located in Aqaba, Jordan.
The Red Sea Astrarium will offer "immersive entertainment experiences" along with five-star accommodations, theatrical productions, nighttime spectacles and dining and shopping. The plan calls for various sections of the resort to be themed different parts of history of the surrounding area including Nabatean, Babylonian, British and Roman influences.
The Star Trek section is to symbolize future history and is said to be "inspired by" the 2009 Star Trek movie and will be designed by Paramount Recreation. The press release details the Star Trek center:
[The Star Trek-themed center] will deliver a variety of multi-sensory 23rd-century experiences, culminating with a state-of-the art space-flight adventure that takes real-time immersive entertainment experiences to bold new heights. This exciting, world-class attraction will serve as the cornerstone of the TRSA sector’s world of tomorrow.
In the release, EVP and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products Liz Kalodner stated:
At its core, Star Trek is about bringing worlds together and about a profound hope for the future. We are proud to bring such a unique, interactive Star Trek property to this part of the world to be a part of Jordan’s future.
The Signing of the deal for ‘The Red Sea Astrarium.’ Pictured Left to Right: Bill Lacey, Principal, Callison; Liz Kolodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Consumer Products; Charles Myers, Senior Vice President, Paramount Recreation; Randa S. Ayoubi, CEO, Rubicon Group Holding (Photo: Business Wire)
TrekMovie has confirmed with Rubicon that financing for the project has already been secured and they are confident in opening by 2014. This means that the Star Trek attraction at The Red Sea Astrarium would be the first Star Trek attraction built outside the US (the Paramount Murcia Park is planned for 2015).
King Abdullah Star Trek Connection
The release also notes that the signing ceremony was held Saturday "at the Jordanian-American Business Forum under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan." One has to wonder if King Abdullah had suggested Star Trek be included in The Red Sea Astrarium, as he is known to be a big Star Trek fan who even had a uncredited cameo (as background Starfleet crewman) on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager in 1996.
King Abdullah in Voyager episode "Investigations" (1996) & at Red Sea Astrarium signing event (May 21, 2011)
TrekMovie will continued to monitor this exciting project and bring updates when they are available.