View of World Trade Center and other high rise buildings in Manama at sunset on Nov 16, 2018 in Manama, Bahrain. (Shutterstock/P.V.R.Murty)
A diver's playground pitched as the world's largest underwater theme park is set to open off the shores of Bahrain.
The centerpiece of the dive site? A Boeing 747 that will be lowered into its watery grave, eventually turning into an artificial coral reef and habitat for marine life.
Bahrain Launches the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park . . The Personal Representative of His Majesty King Hamad, President of the Supreme Council for Environment, HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa today announced the launch of the world’s largest underwater theme park. Covering an area of over 100,000 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. 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. More details to be available soon on @divebahrain @sce.bh @tourismbh #DiveBahrain #Dive #Bahrain #Scubadiving #SCE #BahrainOursYours #ecotourism #underwater #underwaterworld
Set to cover more than 100,000 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.
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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.