What’s happening with Dive Bahrain?

The underwater diving centre has a submerged Boeing 747

What’s happening with Dive Bahrain?

The bottom of the ocean isn’t exactly the first place you’d expect to find a commercial jet, but visitors to Dive Bahrain will be able to explore just that when the theme park opens.

The biggest talking point of the 100,000 sq m attraction, which is set to become the world’s largest under water theme park, is a 70-metre long Boeing 747.

Back in June, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority announced that a team had successfully submerged the jumbo jet in 20 metres of water after removing all the wiring and fuel systems.

The team also took out all plastic, rubber and chemical materials on the plane and inside of it to ensure nothing that could harm nearby marine life leaks into the water.

As well as the impressive decommissioned plane, divers will be able to explore a replica of a traditional pearl merchant’s house, concrete sails and artificial coral reefs.

It is hoped the various sculptures will form a habitat for marine life, as well as attract eco-tourists to the area.

Visitors will need to book trips through licensed diving centres and should be able to explore the area by the end of this month August.

Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and chairman of BTEA board, says: “The world-class project covers an extensive area, and will provide an unforgettable experience for both tourists and diving enthusiasts alike.

“This initiative also aims to revive the Kingdom’s marine ecosystem and to preserve the local marine environment by incorporating international environmental standards.”

Trips will launch from Ras Rayyah.

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