$1.5 billion Star Trek attraction in Jordan planned

August 10, 2011

Astrarium (credit: Paramount Recreation)

$1.5 billion has been secured for Astrarium, a major tourism and theme park development in Aqaba, Jordan featuring a Star Trek-inspired attraction, Abu Dhabi-based The National reports.

The Red Sea project will include four hotels and 17 entertainment developments and is expected to start early next year. It is funded by investors from the U.S. and the Gulf.

The “Star Trek” attraction is being creatively developed by Paramount Recreation. The themed entertainment destination will also serve as a model for “green energy,” incorporating state-of-the-art renewable technologies throughout the facility, and hosting a “future” pavilion where businesses, students and attendees can learn about alternative energy sources ranging from solar and wind energy to greywater harvesting.

The Star Trek-themed center 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.”

The main Jordanian investor is the King Abdullah Fund. King Abdullah is known to be a Trekkie and made a cameo appearance in the “Investigations” episode of Star Trek: Voyager in 1995, when he was still a prince.