Following the circulation of rumours on social media of a Boeing 747 touching down on the Fujairah Corniche, UAE authorities have denied the reports, sharing that the aircraft was being transported for “commercial purposes”.
According to the state-run WAM news agency, reports on social media began to surface of a wingless Boeing 747 being transported by trucks along the corniche on Monday evening. The posts included both pictures and video of the aircraft being transported.
In response, the Fujairah government clarified that the out-of-service aircraft was in the process of being transported to Bahrain, where it will serve as the main attraction of a recently unveiled 100,000sqm underwater theme park.
In addition to the submerged Boeing 747 aircraft, the site will also feature a historically accurate replica of a Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs, as well as a number of sculptures.
Designed as a dive experience, the eco-friendly project was revealed in an announcement by Bahrain’s President of the Supreme Council for Environment, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Headed up by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (DTEA), the organisation is working in close collaboration with the country’s private sector to realise the project.
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