A billion dollar resort with a Star Trek twist is being built in in Aqaba, Jordan. That’s right, smack dab in the middle of the Middle East. It shouldn’t surprise anyone though, the Middle East just had it’s first “Comic-Con” style convention in Abui Dhabi. Arafaat Ali Khan is the managing partner at ExtraCake PR, which organized the event. “We have been thinking about this since we were in diapers, so it’s been going on for a long time,” Khan told The Media Line. What we see now is that there is interest in the infrastructure as far as stores over here stocking anime, [Japanese] manga [cartoons] and comics,” he said. “It’s all coming together at the right time. The genre is exploding in the Middle East. We have a growth in the sales and bookstores are dedicating entire shelves to comics,” Khan said.
The Rubicon Group Holding’s $1 billion, 184-acre “Red Sea Astrarium” is a resort with a Star Trek twist. According to Hotelier MiddleEast, RGH and Paramount Recreation are working closely to create a Star Trek attraction that 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.
What do you think? Will this just be a European Nerd Scifi vacation destination or would you make the trip? With the current situation in the Middle East perhaps true change will have been made during the construction of this lavish resort that might make it the Star Trek fan destination. Wouldn’t it be a nice tribute to Gene Roddenberry if Star Trek played some small part in fostering understanding between the Middle East and the rest of the world?
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