If you like to scuba dive, get ready for a brand-new attraction in Bahrain opening later this year: a more-than-one-million-square-feet underwater theme park, complete with artificial coral reefs, sculptures, a replica pearl merchant’s house, and a completely submerged nearly 230-foot Boeing 747 aircraft.
Divers and swimmers, there’s a new attraction coming to Bahrain later this year that you’ll want to take note of: the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park. The submerged attraction will cover more than 1 million square feet and is expected to open before the summer begins.
Attractions within the park include artificial coral reefs, sculptures made from eco-friendly materials, a complete replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, and a more unique spot: a completely submerged roughly 230-foot Boeing 747 jet. The plane will be the world’s largest plane to ever be sunk underwater, and will be the centerpiece of the park, a report on Gulf News said.
The underwater dive site is meant to be an eco-friendly haven for coral reefs and marine life. Researchers will be able to utilize the park as well, to study and collect data on marine biology and ecology.
“The underwater park highlights the kingdom’s commitment to preserving its marine habitat by incorporating the highest international environmental standards in this eco-friendly project,” the Personal Representative of His Majesty King Hamad and president of the Supreme Council for Environment, Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, said a statement. “Moreover, the project will become an international tourist attraction, given its large area, location and unique experience for diving enthusiasts.”