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“World’s largest” underwater theme park to open in Bahrain

Bahrain is looking to break a world record. This Saturday, the Gulf state announced that it’s preparing to launch the world’s largest underwater theme park, covering an area of over 100,000 square meters.

According to a statement by the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the dive site will have a 70-meter long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged.

The project is a joint effort between the government of Bahrain, namely the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and the private sector, BNA’s statement said.

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President of the Supreme Council for Environment, Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa emphasized that the eco-friendly project will become an international tourist attraction, given its large area, location and unique experience for diving enthusiasts. Shaikh Abdullah further emphasized that the dive site will also provide researchers with rich information and data on marine ecology and biology and will be a major boost to the Kingdom’s eco-tourism sector.

The site will provide an exceptional dive experience as it will include several structures in addition to the aircraft, such as a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly material, all submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life.

Similarly, the UAE announced plans last year to cultivate the largest coral garden in the world along the coast of Fujairah. The garden, expected to set a Guinness World Record, will provide a haven for biodiversity to sustain and rehabilitate ecosystems in the UAE, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) said at the time.

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