Bahrain's underwater theme park to open after Eid Al-Fitr 2019

Local media cites Bahrain's tourism minister confirming that the project will include the largest diving park in the world at 10ha

A Boeing 747 will headline Bahrain's underwater theme park.
A Boeing 747 will headline Bahrain's underwater theme park.

Bahrain’s ‘underwater’ theme park, a tourism development that will feature American plane-maker Boeing's 747 aircraft as its key attraction, will open after Eid Al-Fitr 2019 – which is expected to fall on 3 June – according to a local media report citing the kingdom’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, HE Zayed Rashid Al Zayani.

News of Bahrain reported that the minister had confirmed the project’s development was being “implemented in accordance with the highest environmental standards and international best practices in the field of environmental sustainability”.

The project is being developed in collaboration with Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Environment.

According to the report, the minister continued: “[The project] will include the establishment of the largest diving park in the world, covering an area of [10ha].

“The dive site will have a 70m-long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged under water compared to other similar projects in the world.”

Bahrain announced the underwater theme park’s development in January 2019, with the “eco-friendly” project being carried out by Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, and the private sector, according to Bahrain’s state news agency, BNA.

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”.

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