JAHRA, KUWAIT — More than 700 guests were invited to enjoy the grand opening of THE 99 Village theme park conducted under sunny skies and moderate temperatures that seemed designed to welcome Kuwait’s newest family entertainment venue.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of The 99 Village theme park.
The new park is the concept of Teshkeel Media Group (TMG), creators of the world acclaimed comic series, THE 99 and United Entertainment & Tourism Company (UETC). The partnership plans to develop a series of THE 99 Village theme parks throughout the the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
THE 99 Village occupies a unique place in the region’s entertainment offerings. With a storyline inspired by the universal values inherent in Islam, The 99 features characters from around the world. On February 25th, Kuwait National Day, Teshkeel introduced its newest members of THE 99, Kuwaiti twins whose special power is creativity.
Teshkeel is currently in production of an animated television series for THE 99 scheduled for worldwide release. A ninety-minute Special Premier will be released in December of this year. Teshkeel’s partner in the new animated series is Endemol UK, the British based international television production giant that produces Star Academy, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor and other megahit international television programs.
A general view of THE 99 Village theme park and its colorful characters. It will offer rides, games and other amusements for people of all ages.
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group, said: “We are privileged to be working with UETC to open the world of THE 99 to visitors from around the globe. Seeing our characters transformed from two dimensional drawings to a real world setting is not only a dream come true for me, but also an indicator of the tremendous growth potential for THE 99 brand.”
Plans call for THE 99 VILLAGE to open a new park every year for the next six years. The planned developments will alternate between indoor and outdoor parks and represent one of the most ambitious expansion plans for entertainment properties in the region.
Omoor added: “We’re tremendously excited by Naif’s vision for THE 99 that he and his team have built. The variety of characters they have created are a theme park builder’s dream and we can’t wait to start turning these fantastic creations into reality. The diversity of ‘THE 99 Universe’ will be reflected in the different parks and entertainment settings that we will create together.”
In addition to the parks, the joint venture will offer themed merchandise for THE 99 that will be available to retail stores throughout the region. UETC will soon preview THE 99 VILLAGE STORE in each of its existing parks. Among the items that will be available are coloring and activity books, apparel, toys and games plus exclusive items that will only be found in the UETC parks.
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group
Concluded Al-Mutawa: “When I first created THE 99 I told people, “Next Ramadan the world will have new heroes.” These days I tell people, ‘The world has new heroes and today you can go and visit them in Jahra!'”