I'm a coasterfan who happens to be half American and half Saudi. and this summer i'm back in my 'other' home in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
so i gotta a couple of parks i thought of heading up to and taking some pics to help add to rcdb's website.
tonight i'm heading out to Saudi Amusement Centers, otherwise best known as King Fahd Park. however last night i hit up another park.
on RCDB its listed as "Castle Park"
its actually named "Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Amusement Park"
bin meaning "son of" and Fahd being a-duh the late King.
There are two coasters at the park, a Zyklon/Galaxi named Typhoon, and a kiddie coaster named Dracor, that's it for "Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Amusement Park". Also to boot, there is no Dhahran province, its still part of the Ash Sharqiyah province. the city just happens to be Dhahran.
Planning on hitting up the big park here "Saudi Amusement Centers" otherwise known as here on the ground as "King Fahd Park" hopefully tonight. parks don't usually open in the early day it is way too hot and nobody comes out till right after asr prayer (which is when the heat begin to let up).
planning on also hitting up a bunch of smaller parks and snagging pics to help out the coaster sites.
Can someone tell me how to contact the guy who puts up the photos at rcdb.com ? i e-mailed the feedback link and got no response in perhaps the last two days.
just wondering thanks.
more photos coming soon.
maha salama for now.
the real name of the park.
Typhoon sign on the station
Typhoon sign at the top of the ride in Arabic and in English
you can. but in the Saudi parks its a rule of no pictures while in the park. somethin' about taking pictures in public around women, children, and government. I understand the government but the family part annoys me. Its just some of th fundies tryin' to get their way and as no one listen to their laws, if pushed the gov' will. (the fundies btw are indeed slowly losing their power in the country, but it will probably never will be the ultra secularist/Athiest happyland some would love to imagine)
anyways, i'm trying to get the best pic possible without drawing too much attention to myself.
i'll definitely try and hit up as many parks as possible.
most parks from my generation look just like that, really just carny stuff. i didn't get to the Dammam Amusement Center as other plans came up. that park has and i've seen actual television commercials, of what looks like a PAX Cobra coaster.
the other one on rcdb is listed as unknown but i'll definitey check it out.
Guardian21 your attempts are greatly appreciated!!
Yes, I have heard from others as well, that they REALLY "FROWN" on taking pictures in the parks in that part of the world, for the reasons he cited. Taking pictures of women and/or children is a BIG no-no! Even if you are only trying to get pics of the coaster, some woman or child may wander into the frame, and (in their eyes) it would still be your fault.
As far as RCDB goes, give Duane some time. He will get back to you, and he would definitely be interested in pics of coasters that aren't already on the site.
I got a couple of more photos to share with you all, hopefully later tonight i'll update it.
i got pictures of Crazy Twister kid coaster at the new Saffori Land in Al-Hasa, which is a spinning coaster (but the seaters face outside).
and i got some photos from a really nice water park (small but damn it was it nice and everything was like being in a hot Texas summer with Saudi babe's in their bikinis (i was extra careful but i did manage to obtain 3 photos) and my God it explains why they cover up the way they do .
I knew that saudi women where allowed to wear what they wanted in there house as long as it was out of public eye, and if it was an all women get together , but i didnt know they where allowed to wear bikini's at a water park. I saw a show recently that a saudi women was swimming/scuba diving and she still had on alot of clothing. Interesting.
well i got pictures of Saudi Arabia's (probably - cause i've looked and asked) biggest amusement park.
i did look for the second 'unknown' coaster like rcdb has it listen and didn't find it, i asked the foreign workers if they knew and they didn't know, no doubt - could care less. but as far as i saw and i did indeed look there is NO second coaster at the park.
couldn't get a ride on Cobra as it was broken with one guy messin' with the over the shoulder restraints, and i probably don't intend on comin' back. unless i'm bored out of my gord.
Also the park is indeed located in the city of Dammam, in Ash Sharqiya Province (Eastern Province). but the company the OWNS it is called "Saudi Amusement Centers" the parks name is King Fahad Park.
personally i'm used to naming the King, King Fahd but whatever.
hope you guys like it, this is Saudi's biggest coaster (aside from the boomerang called Kraken on the other side of the country). its a Pax Cobra but it has two loops.
photos taken 8/09/08
Cobra in Arabic. very neat i thought.
Two loops in the evening sky
Men's entrance had the most interesting entrance.
awkward lift hill, with the Cobra head that is fully lit up at night.
a picture down the way through the station over the hill into to two loops only to do it all over again backward.
Another shot of the odd lift hill with the King Cobra station in the center for decoration.
Cobra's station, notice front half of the train is looking backwards and the back half is looking forward.
Park's entrance, its fuzzy - i know i was in the car when i took it. it is King Fahad Park.
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