If you’re an aviation geek and a scuba diving nut, you’ll struggle to keep it in your pants for this one. Over the weekend the government of Bahrain have announced the opening of the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park, with the centrepiece being a sunken Boeing 747.
Covering an area of over 100,000 sqm, divers will also get to enjoy 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 project has been backed by the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and private investors.
On the question of the project’s eco-friendliness, Bahrain Tourism told CNN that;
“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. 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 Boeing 747 in all her sunken glory will be open for diving during the Northern Hemisphere summer of this year.
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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