Bahrain announces opening date for world's largest underwater theme park
The world’s largest underwater theme park, covering a total area of 10ha, is set to open off the coast of Bahrain by August 2019.
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.
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”.