THE RIG KSA slated to be the ultimate adventure tourism destination

THE RIG KSA slated to be the ultimate adventure tourism destination


Slated to redefine sea sports and leisure THE RIG is set to grace the Arabian Gulf on an offshore platform.

THE RIG is developed by the Oil Park Development Company (OPDC), a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund. Notably, the project aligns with Vision 2030, contributing to tourism sector growth. Furthermore, it opens employment opportunities and economic diversification.

Inspired by offshore oil platforms, THE RIG also seeks to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s rich oil and gas heritage. Additionally, it offers a unique hospitality and adventure experience across a vast 300,000 square meters. Furthermore, it is strategically located 40 kilometers from the coastline, near Al Juraid Island and Berri Oil Field. Moreover, it aims to attract over 900,000 annual visitors by 2032.

Key highlights of THE RIG

THE RIG promises a wide range of hospitality, leisure and entertainment options, including:

  • Three hotels totaling 800 rooms, as well as11 restaurants, an extreme sports and adventure park, a world-class marina and helipads.
  • Water activities, including a diving center, amusement park, splash park, e-sports center, immersive theater and multipurpose arena.
  • Cultural celebration of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas heritage.

The project is led by Raed N. Bakhrji, CEO of the Oil Park Development Company. With two decades in oil and gas, he blends industry expertise with a passion for the future of adventure tourism. In a statement, he said: “THE RIG is expected to attract over 900,000 annual visitors by 2032. Notably, the project appeals to a wide range of domestic, regional and international audiences.”

THE RIG will set new standards in adventure tourism. Furthermore, it aims to contribute significantly to Saudi Arabia’s position as a global tourism hub. The masterplan launch marks a significant milestone in the project’s journey.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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