Now that Disney World has its own Star Wars "Star Tours" attraction, what about Star Trek fans? Fans of Captain Kirk and Spock will have to travel to Aqaba, Jordan to get their Dilithium crystal fix.
Rubicon Group Holding's $1 billion, 184-acre "Red Sea Astrarium" is a resort with a Star Trek twist. According to Hotelier MiddleEast, RGH and Paramount Recreation are working closely to create a Star Trek attraction that 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." That and it's inspired by the 2009 J.J. Abrams' Star Trek flick. Yikes, wasn't that a total disaster? (Then again, I'm more of a Star Wars kind of guy).
Can we expect working Transporter chambers? You wish. What about working Tricorders? Maybe some replica ones. What can visitors expect then? We're not really sure, but we hope a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise's command cockpit will be available for our entertainment.
If the idea of spending a few days at the Astrarium sounds delightful, then you'd better have some patience as this Star Trek resort isn't expected to be finished until 2014.