Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Johor Corporation (JCorp), will open the Angry Birds Theme Park at Johor Baharu City Centre (JBCC) by May next year.
JCorp President and Chief Executive Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim said the development of the theme park, the first in Southeast Asia, is on a joint venture with the founder of the Angry Birds game, Rovio Entertainment Ltd, which is based in Finland.
“The indoor theme park covering 26,000 sq ft will be located on the third floor of JBCC, formerly known as Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar),” he said to reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Damansara Assets and Rovio Entertainment here today.
Damansara Assets was represented by its Executive Director, Yusaini Sidek while Rovio Entertainment was represented its Chief Operating Officer, Harri Koponen.
Kamaruzzaman said the opening of the theme park goes well with the shopping mall that is being developed at JBCC and JCorp was proud of Rovio Entertainment’s agreement to develop the theme park.
“The Angry Birds characters introduced in Finland are now well-known by all age groups worldwide. This is suitable for JBCC which is patronised by various customers, both local and foreign,” he said.
On JBCC, he said the RM500 million development comprised a shopping mall, two multi-storey buildings namely Menara Komtar, which is being renovated and a new building, Menara Johor Land, and a four-star hotel.
Following this, Komtar will return as the iconic landmark in Johor Baharu city, thus becoming a shopping haven, entertainment and lifestyle centre.
He said several parties including Metrojaya, Royal Selangor Pewter and Tony Roma’s restaurant had agreed to operate there.
Meanwhile, Koponen said there are four Angry Birds theme park in operations in Finland and Rovio Entertainment was happy to be involved in the development in Johor Baharu.
“Our goal is to delight the fans, both adults and children and create an exciting experience for the whole family,’’ said Harri Koponen.
He said details on the design of the theme park would be announced soon which will cover activity area, souvenirs and rooms for events. – Bernama