Bahrain sinks Boeing 747 for underwater theme park
Are you a water baby? If yes, this piece of news will make you really happy. The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), during a press conference on June 10 at Diyar Al Muharraq, announced that it will launch the world’s largest underwater theme park in August. But hold, on. We haven’t told you the real deal as yet.
In order to make the underwater park one of a kind, a Boeing 747 aircraft will be submerged into it. Spanning an area of 1,00,000 square metres, the 70-metre long aircraft will be the major attraction of the park.
So as to submerge the aircraft with the required procedures in place, authorities concerned, ordered a specialised team to carry out the job. In fact, “all possibly-toxic substances” were removed from the aircraft ahead of its submersion to preserve the marine environment.
The decommissioned aircraft was bought from the United Arab Emirates for US $100,000. Preparation for the sinking included dismantling and reassembling its wings, removing wires, hydraulic, aerial and fuel systems and all plastics, rubber and toxic substances.
The park aims to establish its image as an “international tourist attraction” by providing a one of a kind experience for diving enthusiasts. Further, the site also provides the provision for “live lab” to school and university students, allowing them to conduct practical experiments.
The Dive Bahrain park is set to open in August, although extreme heat, with air temperatures close to 40 degrees, is expected to deter many leisure divers from visiting at that time of year. From October, temperatures start dropping into the lower 30s.
Isn’t this exciting? When do you plan to visit Bahrain? Then book your tickets soon!
News Source – India Today, divernet.com; Videos – Various Youtube Channels. Image – Image posted on Instagram by Dive Bahrain.