According to the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Bahrain has plans to develop the world’s largest underwater theme park, covering an area of over 100,000 square metres.
The eco-friendly project was announced by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa – the personal representative of King Hamad and president of the Supreme Council for the Environment.
The dive site will have a 70-metre long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centrepiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged.
It will also include several other structures, including a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly material, all submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life.
The site will also provide researchers with information and data on marine ecology and biology and is hoped to be a major boost to the kingdom’s eco-tourism sector. Bahrain intends to protect its marine habitat by incorporating international environmental standards into the project.
The underwater dive site will be developed by the Supreme Council for the Environment in partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority.
It will be launched in partnership with the private sector, local dive companies and clubs and will open to diving enthusiasts and visitors before the summer of 2019. The project is hoped to become an international tourist attraction, given its location and the experience it will offer diving enthusiasts.
This edited article first appeared in Gulf Business