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Old June 19th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Eilat gets own 'Magic Kingdom'

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Eilat gets own 'Magic Kingdom'



Israel's "Sin City"-esque coastal town of Eilat to face redemption as Bible-themed amusement park set to open next week; project expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, investors say
By Joe Cott and Dana Sade



EILAT – It’s a holy world after all at Israel’s most popular resort city.


Investors and organizers, including Africa Israel, plan to open next week a Bible-themed amusement park in the Red Sea coastal city of Eilat that will feature attractions and activities that showcase traditional stories of kings and queens from the Old Testament, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said on Sunday.


The coastal city is believed by many to be a frequent stop in the travels of several biblical monarchs, including King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.


The USD 31 million project is located on about 12,000 square meters (2.9 acres) of land alongside Eilat’s gala hotel resorts, reminicent of Las Vegas.


Visitors will be able to watch staged scenes from the Bible at the “Cave of the Bible.” An interactive museum lies within the depths of the “Cave of Wisdom” while a 3-D film about the bible will be featured as well.


The Solomon Skipper


And Disneyworld may have the Jungle Cruise, but this particular theme park offers a boat ride through a lavish landscape that showcases scenes from the life of King Solomon, who many believe had sent his trade ships from the city.


Admission to the park is expected to go for more than NIS 100 (NIS 22) and discounts will be given to groups, children and IDF soldiers.


Africa Israel Director-General Ariel Kapon told Yedioth he expects about half a million visitors to visit the attraction every year.

Eilat, which borders Egypt and Jordan, serves as a magnet for both Israeli and foreign tourists. The city is Israel's hottest town, boasting numerous resorts and beaches on the coast of the Red Sea, as well as the Coral Reef.



Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in May that he wants to pass a law that would allow public tenders for a strip of casino hotels in the city, resembling resorts in Las Vegas
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Old June 19th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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not bad, more tourism and revenue for Eilat, thats good
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Old June 19th, 2005, 06:59 PM   #3
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yeah of course we need more tourism after all what happened in Israel....
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