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$1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Coming To Jordan

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the risa-in-the-desert dept.

Earth 233

MikeChino writes "King Abdullah of Jordan (who was once an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager) has given the green light to a $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park that will boldly take Jordan where no Gulf state has gone before. While the theme park will not be powered by dilithium crystals, it will utilize green technology in order to lower its carbon footprint — all of its electricity will be generated by renewable sources." Just a few weeks ago Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan carved his name in the desert so it could be seen from space. It looks like Sci-fi has finally made it to the Middle East. I can't wait for them to discover Firefly.

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Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032366)

Scotty, beam me down ...

Scotty is dead Jim (2)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032468)

Scotty is dead Jim

Re:Scotty is dead Jim (3, Informative)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032506)

But there may be a trace echo in the pattern buffers.

Re:Scotty is dead Jim (1)

ewanm89 (1052822) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032586)

But we would need Scotty to get it out.

Re:Scotty is dead Jim (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032880)

Or Geordi.

Re:Scotty is dead Jim (3, Funny)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033370)

But you don't have to take Noughmad's word for it.

And (4, Funny)

Konster (252488) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032378)

....aaaand the nerds finally get a Mecca to call their own.

Re:And (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032426)

....aaaand the nerds finally get a Mecca to call their own.

I thought that was the Star Wars: A New Hope soundstage/hotel in Tunisia?

Re:And (2)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032430)

I wouldn't call it a Mecca while you're there, or your dead body might be sent back in two pieces.

Re:And (0)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032554)

Better not mention the Boston (M/m)arathon to the Greeks either.

Re:And (0)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032592)

Nah, the Greeks are pussycats. Just stay away from large cisterns.

Re:And (2)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032606)

"marathon. That's a word with a greek base."

I rather doubt the Greeks mind having things named after them.

Re:And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032576)

Nosense. Mecca is the name of the city. Nothing would happen to you.
But i dont want to disturb you in your life inside of bubble of prejudices ... so keep on trolling ... :)

Re:And (0)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032870)

Riiiight. Are you forgetting this is the SAME religion where they have riots and issue death warrants over cartoons? It isn't prejudice if it is true. If they don't want to be looked at as backward ass primitives, how about allowing differing viewpoints, ending stoning of gays and rape victims, and generally not living like it is 2000 years ago, how about that?

Re:And (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033020)

do your self a favor and pick up a book because you can clearly use some education. who exactly issued a death warrant? the religious leaders or some ass hat who has a blog? would it make sense for people to bring up all the things that have been done in the name of all of the big 3 religions and paint the entire population with that brush? your $.02 is worthless.

Re:And (2, Insightful)

kryliss (72493) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033178)

Religion: A means to control mass amounts of people using fictional stories and imaginary characters to instill fear and devotion into individuals for the purpose of controlling them and taking their hard earned money.

Re:And (0)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033048)

You realize that the religion you're talking about consists of between 1.5-2 billion people, right? And if 2 billion people fell under your broad generalization the world as we know it simply would fall into utter anarchy - especially if they had all "gone rioting" as you suggest. Just because a few bad representatives are tainting public opinion doesn't mean that the majority are normal, benevolent folks who just want to enjoy their lives. Stop being such an orientalist.

Re:And (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033184)

When's the last time you saw anyone else's "statistically insignificant" represenatives rioting over this sort of thing?

The sh*t's going on. You really can't spin your way around that.

You could try the same argument on Xian extremists but you would be lacking any video footage that includes riots and burning people in effigy. There are also no equivalents of Death Warrants there either.

Re:And (2)

The Dawn Of Time (2115350) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033272)

What about the jesushumpers who kill doctors because they feel life is precious? I guess it's not a death warrant so much as cold-blooded murder, but it's the same basic principle.

Re:And (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033284)

Hmm, let's see... Christian's have the Westboro baptist church, the Irish Republican Army, just to name two. In Judaism there was Irgun [wikipedia.org] which was so out of control that Britain had to wash its hands of Palastine, setting the state for the modern Israeli/Palastinian conflict. All religions have crazy zealots. Islam is not special.

Re:And (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033368)

Oh and here are some more examples of other religions (namely christians) publically rioting over idiotic things:
  • 1 [timesonline.co.uk]
  • 2 [outsidethebeltway.com]
  • 3 [cnn.com]

Re:And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033406)

because KKK members are Christian, we should just say all Christians are KKK members? I can generalize and use self-serving logic too.

Re:And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032990)

Since publishing a mere cartoon image of Mohammed can earn you a death sentence, why do you summarily dismiss "cheapening" the name of the holy city as something that could also be worthy of a death sentence?

But We Are the Chosen Nerds! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032432)

....aaaand the nerds finally get a Mecca to call their own.

Unfortunately it is being built right next to the desert where Our Lord and Savior Skywalker was raised. Millennia of death and fighting over this holy land will surely follow.

Good to be a producer ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032464)

... and earn bucks from such distinguished extras. At least he payed his dues to fans all over. Transgression forgotten.

Re:Good to be a producer ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032666)

erm, the king -was- the extra.

Indiana Jones Last Crusade theme park done (1)

kmdrtako (1971832) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032472)

Just hop on a camel for a day to get to Petra.

So soon there'll be two reasons to go to Jordan.

The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfilled (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032478)

They will clash in the desert with phasers and lightsabers, and the rumbling of At-ATs will shake the valleys

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032544)

Psh. I see your silly little AT-AT's and raise you 1 galaxy class federation starship. Hell, bring your "death star". I hear they got the fire rate on that up to like three shots per annum, when someone isn't tossing firecrackers in the hvac.

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032570)

"Morning, gentlemen. This is your wakeup call. *button* "

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032670)

Considering their ships can't move at warp 2 a shuttle could decimate a death star.

Ensign: Captain. Those Star Wars guys have built another death star.
Captain: Sigh. Alright. Send another shuttle.

We will assimilate the Death Star. (2)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032736)

Resistance is futile.

Re:We will assimilate the Death Star. (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033180)

Call in the Daleks for reinforcements!

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (1)

c0mpliant (1516433) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032752)

They're still using primitive lasers. Wouldn't even penatrate the shields

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033196)

A battleship in a land battle? Bad idea. You will probably frag as many of your friendlies as you do the enemy.

This isn't a siege inside a Chicago office building we would be talking about here.

Re:The S.Trek vs. S.Wars prophecy will be fulfille (1)

khr (708262) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033422)

Is this like the Crimson Permanent Assurance?

Location, location, location (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032482)

What an astoundingly stupid idea. However as an entry in the "whoever dies with the most toys wins" category, I think we may have a winner...

Re:Location, location, location (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032636)

Stupid? You mean in making Jewish geeks (and geeks in general) travel to Jordan? Or did you mean something else?

Wonder if anyone has told Nimoy yet?

Re:Location, location, location (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032708)

It is a perfect place for a solar powered theme park.

odd.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032494)

...I do not remember the women of Str Trek wearing Bee Keeper outfits. I'm gonna have to watch some reruns now...sigh!

man, WTF, the future used to be cool (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032750)

mmmmmm....TOS miniskirt uniforms... even the purple-haired moonbabes at SHADO moonbase come in as a far second

Gulf state (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032496)

Since when is Jordan a "Gulf State"?

Re:Gulf state (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033158)

yeah, it's nowhere near Mexico

Mix attitude (4, Interesting)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032500)

On the one hand, this is pretty cool, and the general values of Stark Trek (of which free thought and egalitarianism are pretty high on the list) are good things to promote in areas like Jordan. However, the fact that the monarch is already a Trekkie and yet is country is like what it is today doesn't speak highly of how much influence it has really had on him. (Jordan is not nearly as badly off as say Syria, but it is by no means a functioning democracy with human rights. Far from it.) Moreover, the people who go to this will almost certainly be outside tourists, whether Westerners, or rich people from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. So this will probably do very little to directly benefit Jordanians, who have a lot of problems. Again, Jordan's problems aren't nearly as severe as many other countries in the region, the literacy rate is the second highest out of it and its immediate neighbors http://www.indexmundi.com/jordan/literacy.html [indexmundi.com] but there's still a decent chunk of around 10% who can't read. And there's severe unemployment- this project might help with that, but it is tough to tell.

The fact that they are making the park green is noteworthy. Unlike many of the oil states in the region, Jordan's total oil reserve is comparatively small, but they do have a lot of oil shale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_shale_in_Jordan [wikipedia.org] which becomes more valuable as people run out of oil. So it isn't completely clear why Jordan would want to promote green tech other than actual ideology (well and self-interest for when everyone else's oil runs out and they still want their stuff to not be insanely expensive. But that's surprisingly far-sighed in the circumstances). It should be interesting to see where this goes in the next few years.

Oil IS renewable .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032622)

it just takes a few hundred million years to renew.

Re:Mix attitude (3, Informative)

data2 (1382587) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032642)

10% sounds quite a lot, but according to Adult Literacy in America, Third Edition, (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93275.pdf), "This government study showed that 21% to 23% of adult Americans were not "able to locate information in text", could not "make low-level inferences using printed materials", and were unable to "integrate easily identifiable pieces of information.", which I would define as literacy, but obviously indexmundi uses a different scale, as it states the USA as having a 99% literacy rate.

Re:Mix attitude (4, Funny)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032754)

Literacy in the U.S. is defined as whether you can tell the difference between the signs for McDonalds, Burger King, Walmart, and KFC.

Re:Mix attitude (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033238)

That is what literacy is period. You just want to move the bar to suit your particular agenda today.

If you decide to move the bar for one measurement, then you have to move it again for the population you don't have an obvious bias against.

That 10% is not literate enough to avoid buying a pulled pork sandwich.

Re:Mix attitude (1)

Gotung (571984) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033214)

Most of the people in my office would fail your test.

Re:Mix attitude (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032846)

The common man could care less about what style of government he has, along as it's "good government". The political parties in a lot of democracies (US, Canada) seem to waste most of their effort fighting each other for power rather than getting things done. I imagine an enlightened monarchy could bypass that.

Re:Mix attitude (4, Informative)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032972)

I'd suggest you watch this interview with King Abdullah. While it may be a monarchy, this is a Monarch I can honestly say impressed me. He's well educated, well spoken, and very aware of his own situation. I have no doubt that Jordan is likely to be one of the better middle-eastern states to live in under his leadership.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-23-2010/king-abdullah-ii-of-jordan [thedailyshow.com]

Too Bad. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032502)

With that money and if I was a big Rabid fan. I would have made Life Size models, Inside and out of the Star Trek Ships. Not just some futuristic buildings.

Re:Too Bad. (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032618)

...at least make the indoor spaces kind of "themed" with different ships in mind so that you feel like you are on one ship or another with accomodations to match.

If you are cheap, you get a TOS era stateroom.

If you are more spendy, you get a TNG era stateroom.

Re:Too Bad. (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033008)

Janeway had the best room, Picard should feel cheated. All she did was get lost.

Re:Too Bad. (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032654)

I would've made a spin-off series that didn't suck!

Re:Too Bad. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032740)

That would require having the original that didn't suck. With all the fans who see so much in star trek... All in all they are just a show that keeps us entertained an hour a week. Then like a lot of entertainment which we valued too much in our youth spin offs just don't seem right as you can watch the new shows without your past emotional baggage.

Re:Too Bad. (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032810)

That would require having the original that didn't suck.

Nothing inherently prevents a derivative work from being an improvement...

Fanwork ban (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033188)

Nothing inherently prevents a derivative work from being an improvement...

Except perhaps having a fanwork-banning copyright owner [tvtropes.org] .

I would have thought... (5, Insightful)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032508)

...Arabs were more partial to Frank Herbert.

Re:I would have thought... (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032580)

I see you are wearing your red Security uniform desert style!

Re:I would have thought... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032674)

They say Mahdi, we say Kwisatz Haderach, the Jews say Meshiah....whatever.

Re:I would have thought... (2)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032928)

I don't know, if you consider the Spice to be a metaphor for Oil, then the book is about how some dirty nomads overthrow the oppressive resource monopolizing government. Maybe not the message the gulf state monarchs want to convey.

For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (2)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032612)

That kind of money could buy how many new seasons of Firefly? Wow, what a thought! And more seriously, I don't think it would be a bad idea for rich sheiks who don't know what to do with their money to invest in something cultural and immortal like a smart scifi show. It would generate a whole lot of good will and visibility than some vanity theme park or a sign visible from space.

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (2)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032668)

Or they could have invested in "geek things" in ways that aren't purely for entertainment.

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032746)

The article doesn't indicate who is paying, just that the king gave his okay. It could be outside money.

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033254)

The same comment still applies.

You're still paying for a juiced up version of a movie theatre versus a university, a lab, or a fab.

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (3, Interesting)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032696)

or they could do something slightly more useful and build a technology infrastructure for the time when old demand plummets

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032724)

Meh, *any* Sci-Fi-Series with Summer will do :-P

Re:For $1.5B they could do a lot for scifi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032946)

Firefly is dead because no one wanted to see it. Even the movie afterward, was NOT a money maker. Barely broke even.

So what is wrong with Star Trek park? Nothing, provided they get a return on investment (I hope they researched it!!). It also means jobs for locals.

Jordan is not a gulf state (2)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032680)

Most of the Jordanian population lives in the west, close to the Jordan river - not in the east. It is about a thousand miles from Amman (the capital) or Aqaba (the one port and the location of the park) to the Persian Gulf.

I think this is stimulus spending. Abdullah doesn't want to have the problems of his neighbors to the north (Syria) and south-west (Egypt).

With luck and really good security, they might be able to get a lot of tourists from Israel.

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032808)

With luck and really good security, they might be able to get a lot of tourists from Israel.

That's the thing... it only takes one idiot with a vest filled with C4 and ball bearings to forever ruin the magic of a theme park.

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (2)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032936)

It will probably be a bit more difficult. How much do you want to bet there will be explosive sniffing dogs and metal detectors at the entrance? It would be vulnerable, but an attack will be harder.

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (2)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033074)

How is that hard? Just blow the bomb up in the middle of the long lines of people waiting to go through security. I mean... if you've ever been to a theme park you know how the lines to get tickets (nevermind to get through tight security) can be massive...

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (1)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033172)

I have never been in a theme park in a place where the wages are as low as they are in Jordan. I suspect that:

1. They'll be over staffed by our standards.
2. Security will be walking around with their sniffing dogs, all the way from the parking lot to the gate.

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (1)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033194)

Besides, I wasn't commenting so much on the difficulty of bombing, because yes, with enough money, security could be made virtually air-tight.

I was merely saying that it seems like it would only take one incident to bankrupt the park. The thought that you might be killed, or that others were murdered right where you are standing, really takes all the joy out of a theme-park.

Re:Jordan is not a gulf state (1)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033228)

Good point. What makes things even worse is that the terrorists don't have to actually pull off an attack. Just threatening it might be enough.

Gulf state (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032682)

Hadn't heard about Jordan conquering one of its neighbors (Irak or Saudi Arabia) lately to make it a "Gulf state" (otherwise it would be at least 500 miles away from the Gulf), so I'm a bit surprised. Or is it just bad geography?

Will it be in English? (1)

OutLawSuit (1107987) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032738)

I think a lot of the appeal of park would be lost to Trekkies if the park just catered to Arabic speaking tourists. At the same time though, it's in an Arabic speaking country so it seems kind of odd for it be in English.

I guess it'll have to be bi-lingual in absence of universal translators. This situation just seems kind of odd to me in that American franchise would have a theme park catering to it in another part of the world.

Re:Will it be in English? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032798)

I doubt it would be any more English than something like Tokyo Disneyland.

Re:Will it be in English? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033240)

It will probably be bilingual, as is every other thing here; English is widely spoken in the Arabic countries, and even people who don't know much can communicate in Goodenuf English. Most schools teach it.

Also, yes, Jordan is not a Gulf state, if you want to put it in a category it's the Levant, along with Lebanon, Syria, Palestine.

Enterprise Hotel (1)

gobanjoboy (1808424) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032774)

I would have thought for sure that this project would include building a hotel that is a 1:1 scale model of one of the Enterprises.

S-O-S (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032782)

Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find (just like news for nerds)

Whatever happened to our love
I wish I understood
It used to be so nice, it used to be so good

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone (when you're gone)
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone (when you're gone)
Though I try how can I carry on

You seem so far away though you are standing near
You made me feel alive, but something died I fear
I really tried to make it out
I wish I understood
What happened to our love, it used to be so good

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone (when your gone)
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone (when your gone)
Though I try how can I carry on

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
And the love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone (when you're gone)
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone (when you're gone)
Though I try how can I carry on
When you're gone (when you're gone)
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone (when your gone)
Though I try how can I carry on

...I can't wait for them to discover Firefly. (1)

Tmack (593755) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032788)

..and start a holy war against Fox for cancelling it.

Tm

Re:...I can't wait for them to discover Firefly. (1)

jamiesan (715069) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033044)

Justifiably so.

Re:...I can't wait for them to discover Firefly. (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033054)

My brother seems to be calling for a firefly Jihad.

What a waste of money (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032824)

Who seriously believes that nerds are going to fly in sufficient numbers to the middle east and spend enough money to justify spending a billion and a half dollars on a theme park? It's one of those ideas which is so fucking stupid it would take a king to greenlight it.

Re:What a waste of money (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032920)

Poeple in the middle east need theme parks as well. It doesn't really mater what the theme is. If it still has roller coasters, water slides, and a reasonalbe ticket price it will do well. Not much added cost in making it trekkie themed. Cheap uniforms, plastic props, and paint will get you 90% there.

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033076)

...and a theme that hasn't been done before, and quite popular, at that. Instead of being tacked on to some other theme park as an afterthought, it's the central theme. Heck yeah!

Re:What a waste of money (1)

Hipcatjack (1573969) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033014)

Speak for yourself, the first thing i thought when i read this was, "man now i have a really good reason to vactaion in Jordan!" Assuming you believe the stereotype (and actually Star Trek is famous for breaking this as apparent in the King) most trekies are more finacially secured on account of their higher than average education level (math, Science, ect.. affiliations) than say a construction worker et al.... Not that construction workers aren't star Trek fans, my family for example...

Re:What a waste of money (1)

ISurfTooMuch (1010305) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033146)

Why wouldn't people go? People travel to Dubai all the time. And Jordan is much closer to Europe than the United States is, so Europeans would have an easier time going there than here, especially if the park were in, say, California. And you're also ignoring all the other things that can be staged in and around the park. They could put on the biggest Star Trek convention you've ever seen. And even if the thing only manages to break even, the boost to the local economy could be huge.

And who ever thought a theme park in the middle of a central Florida swamp would attract any visitors?

Re:What a waste of money (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033162)

Who seriously believes that nerds are going to fly in sufficient numbers to the middle east and spend enough money to justify spending a billion and a half dollars on a theme park?

There are nerds -- and, more relevant to the immediate issue, Star Trek fans, which while the two groups overlap aren't the same thing -- in the Middle East. (Including, incidentally, King Abdullah of Jordan.)

Plus, from most of the descriptions I can find in news articles, it seems to be only a mildly Star Trek themed park, and more of a park with some Star Trek themed attraction, as well as local history/cultured themed attractions, etc.

There's no doubt.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032864)

...it's good to be king!

Dune (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032872)

Would make more sense than Firefly.

What about Terrans having no Souls? (1)

Hipcatjack (1573969) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032886)

I love that somewhere there will be a Star Trek dedicated site of merit again. However, it will be interesting to see if the Political/Religous context of a Secular Humanist philosphy that is so paramount to the ST Universe will be downplayed on account that it is strictly speaking anathema to Islam (and most of the Big religions for that matter).

Why not save the JWT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37032980)

Cool anyway and better than building the worlds largest building (Saudi Arabia) but this money could've saved the JWT. Shame no do-gooding billionairs can fund it... that thing could answer fundamental questions about our universe, never been a project that advanced and now it's going to be scrapped. Having said that the Jordanian monarchy is going to collapse anyway, majority palestinian population who have no citizenship ruled by a british imposed hashemite minority family clan... it's like a south africa that nobody cares about.

Subtle geographical humor (2)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#37032986)

In Jordan, for political reasons, the transporter is just called a porter.

Next Vacation Destination...NOW KNOWN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033078)

Of course I'd bundle it into a larger trip that has me visiting some of the other winning cultural aspects of such a trip. Yet this is both too funny, and better yet so nerdy cool that there's no way I'd ever avoid all the potential dangers of travelling into such a region. Sign me on and "Beam me over, Scotty! LOL I'm so there - hope they actually do it real justice and have a real working transporting ride! ;)

We wonder why. (1)

kryliss (72493) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033142)

And we wonder why gas is almost $4.00 a gallon..... This is where the money goes.

Everything is well in ME (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37033152)

This is a 3 months old story ( see http://www.attractionsmanagement.com//detail1.cfm?pagetype=detail&subject=news&codeid=259883&site=AM).

What saddens me, is the fact that King Abdullah somehow is the cool guy "yeah he was an extra in ST episode, he is fluent in english and nice to the west". Nothing about his brutal politic to crack down on demonstrators in Jordan, in fact you won't find any news about that in most US/Western MSM. All is good and fine as long as he is good to the US and Israel.

Better investment. (1)

Nautica (681171) | more than 3 years ago | (#37033398)

You would think that the $1.2 billion would have been better invested into a commercial space company like SpaceX.
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