BY Douglas Lee
Renowned for world-class exhilarating rides, New Zealand tourism company Skyline Enterprises will now introduce a thrilling new attraction in Malaysia, thanks to a tie-up with leading local developer Gamuda Land.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties recently, Gamuda and Skyline Enterprise will collaboratively build a world-class leisure attraction on 79.8-acre site overlooking the panoramically green Gamuda Gardens project in Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
Carrying the “Luge” brand, which is famous for innovative outdoor adventure activities, the new attraction will feature draws such as the Skyline Luge and adventure rides in the sky as well as the Skyline Zoom Ziplines.
The MoU was signed by Gamuda Land chief executive officer Ngan Chee Ming with Skyline Enterprise’s chief executive officer Geoff McDonald. The goal of the agreement, said both parties, was the establishment of a major tourist attraction, which includes an extensive of food and beverages offerings.
“We are delighted that Skyline Enterprises, an iconic brand with global operations, has chosen Gamuda Gardens for their first foray into Malaysia. Gamuda Gardens, built with respect to nature and the environment, retains the hilly terrain coupled with enhanced greenery, lakes and waterfalls, is the ideal location for adventurous such as the Luge and the Zoom Ziplines,” said Ngan.
With 600 meters of tracks, designed with twists, turns and tunnels, the Skyline Luge is a unique wheeled-gravity ride that offers riders full control of their descent on purpose-built tracks. Meanwhile the Zoom Ziplines will allow adventure seekers to race at speeds of up to 80km/h.
Ngan said that the Luge activities, which will be built on an elevation of 45 meters will be an attraction that complements the many leisure components already earmarked within the RM4.3 billion Gamuda Gardens City Centre masterplan.
Other components within the greater development include waterfalls, a pet-friendly park, sports & wellness amenities, and an international school operated by Beacon House.
“Our partners are a key component of our masterplan, which aims to ensure a good balance of residential, commercial and leisure offerings. For sports and wellness, we have Arena Legacy and Ecocana Sports. For events space, there is Wedding by Emma, a boutique agency. And we have 7-Eleven, Mr.DIY and Petron for daily needs,” said Ngan.
He added that the waterfalls and pet-friendly park will be a focal point for the community because it’s a place people get to know one another, look out for each other, as well as live and play together.
“From our waterfalls, lakes, pet-friendly park, wetlands, jogging and cycling trails, we mindfully planned something for everybody so that people can connect with one another and with nature,” Ngan said.
By next year, Gamuda Gardens will open its 100,000sq ft Waterfront Village, which hosts the sports and wellness centre as well as facilities such as an Olympic-length swimming pool, badminton courts sauna and water play park. The Waterfront Village will face the waterfalls.
“We thank our international and local partners for their confidence in our brand, and that Gamuda Gardens will be the catalyst of growth for northern Klang valley,” said Ngan.