Hatten Land Limited together with leading resort operator Samsung C&T Corporation and the world’s leading designer and installer of water slides, Polin Waterparks, unveiled plans to build a RM200 million water theme park, the largest in Melaka.
Dubbed as the world’s first ‘sky’ theme park, the project is intended to be catalyst for the Malaysian historical city’s tourism industry. The 500,000 sq ft water park will be located 14 floors above the ground in the centre of the designated UNESCO World Heritage city, which hosts 17 million visitors a year.
Honourable Chief Minister of Melaka, YAB Tuan Adly Bin Zahari witnessed the signing ceremony among the three parties to build Splash World @ Harbour City which is due for completion by end-2019 and open to public in the first half of 2020.
“Melaka is rich in historical significance not just for Malaysia but the whole of Southeast Asia. Splash World @ Harbour City will bring a transformational new dimension to our travel and leisure landscape and make Melaka an even more compelling international attraction,” said Melaka Chief Minister YAB Tuan Adly Bin Zahari.
“The impact of this project will resonate beyond tourism to the broader economy, creating new jobs and opportunities for international economic partnerships and even direct investments,” he added.
With an estimated development cost of RM200 million (USD49.2 million), Splash World @ Harbour City hopes to attract 850,000 to 1 million visitors annually upon its opening.
Hatten Land who is listed on the Singapore Exhange and part of the conglomerate Hatten Group will develop the project while Samsung C&T Corporation of South Korea will be operation advisor and consultant, and Polin Waterparks, headquartered in Turkey, will design and manufacture the water slide attractions.
Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Hatten Land, Dato’ Colin Tan said Splash World @ Harbour City is a hugely important project which underscores Hatten Land’s commitment to the long-term development of Melaka. We are partnering world-renowned leaders in their respective fields – Samsung C&T Corporation and Polin Waterparks – to place Melaka on the world map as a must-visit destination. We are grateful to the Government of Melaka and the Malaysian authorities for their support of this project.
General Manager of Everland Resort and Executive Vice President of Samsung C&T, Tommy Byungsuk Jeong said riding on our success with the Everland and Caribbean Bay resorts, we are pleased to offer our services and operational expertise in this new venture with Hatten’s Splash World @ Harbour City. This is our first foray into Malaysia and we are optimistic about future growth in Melaka’s tourism industry.
Meanwhile, Polin Waterparks is a multi-award-winning global leader in the design, production, engineering and installation of waterparks and water slides that incorporate efficient smart design features. With a track record of 3,000 waterpark projects in 105 countries, it is the largest water slide supplier to waterparks in Eurasia.
Regional Sales Director of Polin Waterparks, Emre Büyükgüngör said Splash World @ Harbour City is an exciting new destination for Malaysia and one of the region’s few major waterparks. Polin Waterparks is honoured to be appointed to design and install Hatten’s choice of hybrid ride designs to create a one-of-a-kind experience for Splash World’s guests.
Harbour City, which has a total estimated gross development value of RM2.2 billion (USD541 million), spans 4.5 million square feet in built-up area. It is a themed mixed development that incorporates retail, hospitality and entertainment elements, and is located on Pulau Melaka.
The project will be nestled between two 30-storey towers on the 14th floor deck of Harbour City @ Melaka, a mixed development shaped like a large ship, the four-storey Splash World @ Harbour City is the first ‘in the sky’ theme park that will offer an indoor and outdoor waterpark experience with more than one kilometer of water slides.
Among the main attractions include a man-made river will meander over two floors to intertwine more than 50 attractions, including 11 extreme slides for thrill-seekers, a Sky Beach, and a dedicated children’s water play park. After dark, the Cosmic Waters light show will illuminate the park, accompanied by a water circus, trapeze stunts and other entertainment in a special amphitheatre.