Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Paris Job Opportunity for Muslim Youths?

Disneyland® Resort Paris (Parc Disneyland) now includes five lands: Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland. In response to street riots by underemployed Muslim youth, leaders are considering the addition of a new theme, Caliphateland. Park Disneyland is owned by the French company Euro Disney SCA, a public corporation of which 39.781% of the stock belongs to The Walt Disney Company, 10% is held by Saudi Prince Alwaleed and other shareholders own 50.22%.

As now envisioned, employment in Caliphateland would be restricted to Muslim clerics and youth required to wear traditional garb, attend religious classes and services at authentic mosques to be built there, and to entertain tourists with displays of the fun side of Islam. The roles of females, if any, is also uncertain at this time. Attendance fees for Caliphateland would be separate from the general admission to the resort, and for at least the first 5 years of operation any and all profit would go toward creation of external employment opportunities for muslim youth. Although managed under Muslim custom and law, the theme must meet or exceed Disney resort standards and disposition of proceeds would be subject to regular park audits.

If at the end of 5 years Caliphateland did not become self-sustaining, it would revert to other park uses under the resort's conventional management regime. If, on the otherhand, Caliphateland did become a success, a modest royalty would be due to Euro Disney SCA from the 6th year ownward. Thus, the theme would also be a modern social experiment.

Will this concept pass muster by the government and clerics, and still be acceptable to shareholders?


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