Team shortlist23 Aug 2016 AT 05:08 PM

Dubai set for world's biggest rollercoaster!

Six Flags is planning a monster
Team shortlist23 Aug 2016 AT 05:08 PM
Current world's tallest rollercoaster at Six Flags in New Jersey
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Current world's tallest rollercoaster at Six Flags in New Jersey
Six Flags Dubai
Six Flags Dubai

Dubai has tallest building, the world’s largest manmade island and it’s soon to open the world’s largest indoor theme park. It makes sense that Six Flags has decided that Dubai is the perfect spot to build the world’s biggest rollercoaster.

Dubai Media Office tweeted the news that Six Flags will be building the rollercoaster as part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, sourcing the Wall Street Journal. The article is a wider look at the amusement attractions flocking to the region (you can read it here), and it states: “Six Flags has pledged to build the world’s biggest roller-coaster ride in Dubai as part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts megapark that is set to open later this year.”

The first phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to open on October 31, with Hollywood-themed Motiongate and Bollywood Dubai being two of the main attractions. There will also be Legoland, Legoland waterpark and Riverland. The Six Flags part of the development isn’t due to open its doors until 2019.

Six Flags will be going into competition with themselves, as the current tallest rollercoster is at their park in New Jersey. Kingda Ka has a top speed of 206 kilometres per hour and reaches a height of 456 feet.

If you like your thrills, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest ‘dive’ rollercoaster is Valravn at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. It only opened on May 7 this year. Riders pause for a few seconds at the top before plunging 214 foot at a 90 degree angle. Yikes.

We should point out that this is only the fasted ‘dive’ rollercoaster – the fastest rollercoaster in the world full stop is the UAE’s very own. Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World and it’s maximum speed is a whopping 240 kilometres per hour. 

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