The Wrath of Khan is soon to be offset by the joy of Jordan. Perhaps the world's richest Trekkie, King Abdullah II of Jordan, has given the green light and some cash from one of his namesake funds to build a $1.5 billion dollar Star Trek-themed resort in his Kingdom. King Abdullah is a well-known Trek fanatic who once appeared in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager."
The resort is part of a larger development, the Red Sea Astrarium at the port of Aqaba, which will take up a reported 184 acres. The Developer, Rubicon Group Holding, announced a licensing deal with CBS to include a Star Trek center in the resort, one of at least a dozen other themed sections (disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET). The entire development is also expected to be eco-friendly, a theme that complements the Trek ethic as well as the corporate messaging.
"At its core, Star Trek is about bringing worlds together and about a profound hope for the future," Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Consumer Products, said in a statement. "We are proud to bring such a unique, interactive Star Trek property to this part of the world to be a part of Jordan's future."
The Trek attractions will be based on the 2009 movie and will be "creatively developed" by Paramount Recreation. Rubicon says we can expect "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."
Conceptual drawings like the one above also feature plenty of pools and epic-looking waterslides. Good thing they'll have a 23rd century replicator on hand to help create all that water in the desert.