Boeing 747 to headline world's largest underwater park in Bahrain
A 70m-long decommissioned Boeing 747 will serve as the centrepiece of Bahrain's upcoming 10ha eco-friendly theme park
Bahrain is set to launch the world’s largest underwater theme park, covering a total area of 10ha, as it seeks to bolster its tourism credentials.
The eco-friendly project, as reported by the state-owned BNA, will be implemented in partnership with Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and the private sector.
Announced by HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the personal representative of HM King Hamad, the dive site will have a 70m-long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centrepiece – the largest aircraft ever to be submerged.
The project will be launched in the “coming weeks” in partnership with the private sector and local dive companies and clubs, and open to the public before the summer of 2019.
Other structures at the site will include a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs, and sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly material – all submerged to create a “safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life”.
According to BNA, HH Shaikh Abdullah emphasised that the eco-friendly project will become an international tourist attraction, given its large area, location, and experiential offerings for diving enthusiasts.
He added that the site will provide researchers “rich information and data on marine ecology and biology, serving as a major boost also to the kingdom’s eco-tourism sector”.