Bahrain to sink Boeing 747 ahead of underwater theme park opening in August

Bahrain to sink Boeing 747 ahead of underwater theme park opening in August
Published: 10 June 2019 - 11 a.m.
By: Shane McGinley
Bahraini authorities will today sink a Boeing 747 aircraft into the sea, with the attraction set to be the centrepiece for the kingdom’s upcoming underwater theme park set to open In August.

A press conference to mark the occasion was scheduled to take place at Diyar Al Muharraq this morning.

“We are proud to launch this unique eco-friendly project in co-operation with the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and the private sector,” Industry, Commerce, and tourism Minister Zayed Alzayani, was quoted as saying in a report by the Gulf Daily News (GDN) website.

“The project is implemented in accordance with strict environmental standards and international best industry practices in the field of environmental sustainability, with an overall aim to revive the kingdom’s marine ecosystem and preserve its local marine environment.”

It was previously reported that the theme park would open after Eid Al-Fitr, but the launch date has now been set for August, the GDN report said.

In addition to the 70-metre long submerged 747, the attraction, which authorities claim will be the world’s largest underwater theme park, will eventually cover a total area of 100,000 square metres, according to a report in January by the state-run Bahrain News Agency.

According to the BNA, the site is being designed as a dive experience. Other features will include a submerged replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures that have been placed underwater as a safe haven for coral growth and as a habitat for marine animals.

Source: Arabian Business

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