The World’s Largest Underwater Theme Park Is Coming to Bahrain
And it’s all eco-friendly.
Upon completion, the 25-acre underwater extravaganza claims that it will become the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park.
In an effort to increase an already rapidly-growing tourism economy, Bahrain is investing in a unique diving site.
While some environmentalists have expressed concern that the sunken plane could damage the ecosystem by passing metal into the water, the forces behind the theme park insist that the plane will not harm the environment.
"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," a spokesperson for the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Agency told CNN Travel.
In addition to the plane, the “theme park” will also have a "replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly materials,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, president of the Supreme Council for Environment, said in a statement.
The project is looking to attract divers and marine researchers from all over the world.
Bahrain is not the first country to sink a plane and turn it into an underwater destination. In 2006, a Boeing 737 was sunk off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. And in 2016, Turkey sunk an Airbus A300 jet off the coast of the Aegean Sea with the intent to create an artificial reef.