The new theme park - Sindibad - is expected to open in two weeks. The information was revealed by local Mayor, Mohammed Sajid. The opening of this new park was announced several weeks ago, but postponed several times. Now, we are told, Sindibad will welcome the public on May 25th
Located in Grand Casablanca, Sindibad Amusement Park (Parc d'Attractions de Sindibad) was once an attraction for hordes of tourists and locals who came to enjoy rides and games. Some of the attractions included whirling carousels, dizzying dodgems, slides and paddle boats. And the icon was the the giant statue of Sinbad staring down at visitors with a manic expression. Over time the park became somewhat jaded. Now that is all about to change
This venture is the result of a public-private partnership, which cost a whopping 400 million dirhams. Besides the amusement park, it will house a zoo. Launched in December 2012, the site was to be delivered in late 2014, but the opening was postponed to the first quarter 2015 after some obstacles encountered in the works.
Developed from the concept of "Sinbad's New Worlds", it is structured into thematic islands referring to the countries on the sailor's mythic journeys. The animal park is also divided into five "biotopes", like the five continents. The ecological park, the most deteriorated part of the old site will be born again based on a "re-naturation". The archaeological park is situated where the oldest human remains in North Africa were found. The urban park at the edge of the sea below, will be shielded from the wind, to encourage families and joggers.
Water running from five sources at the top of the site creates natural links between all these parks. An Earth House allows the appreciation of the natural dimension of all these locations with an environment awareness programme. A tower in the park signposts each area.
Hopefully Sinbad will steal a line from Ali Baba and say "Open Sesame" ( افتح يا سمسم iftaḥ yā simsim) on the 25th!