The divers’ playground will feature a Boeing 747 aircraft on the seafloor
Bahrain has decided to amaze its visitors with yet another record-breaking attraction. This summer, the Persian Gulf country will open the largest underwater theme park in the world.
The new playground for divers will cover more than 100,000 square metres and will feature interesting exhibits on the seafloor. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be a Boeing 747 aircraft which is eventually expected to turn into an artificial coral reef.
According to the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), which has created the project in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Environment and private sector, the amusement park should also be eco-friendly.
BTEA has claimed the jumbo jet will be specially prepared before it is lowered into the water.
“All aircraft surfaces will be subjected to a high-pressure wash with bio-friendly detergents to ensure all post-production coatings, oil and grime are removed,” a spokesperson tells CNN Travel.
“Furthermore, a vast amount of time has been spent removing contaminants from the aircraft. This has included removing all wiring, all hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel systems, and all adhesives, insulation, plastics, rubbers, chemicals or other potential toxic substances.”
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#divebahrain pic.twitter.com/Hm4Lc23nl8
— divebahrain (@divebahrain) January 19, 2019
Apart from the jet lowered onto the seafloor, the diving site will also feature other artificial coral reefs, art sculptures, and a replica of a Bahraini pearl merchant’s house in order to provide the divers with the option to discover Bahrain’s rich marine life in unusual surroundings.
The upcoming theme park underlines the growing interest in underwater tourist attractions. Recently, the Maldives has opened an underwater hotel, while in Florida, divers can enjoy art and sculptures in the America’s underwater museum.