A diver’s playground pitched as the world’s largest underwater theme park, is set to open off the shores of Bahrain. The centrepiece of the dive site? A Boeing 747!
“Bahrain launches the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park,” announced Bahrain Tourism on their Instagram page in January 2019. “The Personal Representative of His Majesty King Hamad, President of the Supreme Council for Environment, HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the launch of the world’s largest underwater theme park,” continued the post.
“Covering an area of over 1,00,000 sqm, the exceptional dive experience includes several structures in addition to a submerged Jumbo Jet as its centerpiece, such as a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly materials, all submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life,” stated Bahrain Tourism.
The Boeing 747 aircraft will be lowered into its watery grave, eventually turning into an artificial coral reef and habitat for marine life. Set to cover more than 1,00,000 square meters on the seafloor, the underwater dive site is part of Bahrain’s tourism strategy aimed at growing its visitor numbers and developing its attractions.
“The underwater dive site will be launched in the coming weeks in partnership with the private sector, local dive companies and clubs and will open to diving enthusiasts and visitors before the summer of 2019,” added the tourism body.
Along with the jet aircraft, the underwater theme park will also feature a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house along with other artificial coral reefs and structures.
The site is set to open by this summer.
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