A Boeing 747 is towed across the sea as work on the world’s largest underwater theme park starts

That really IS plane sailing! Boeing 747 is towed across the sea ahead of being sunk as part of the world’s largest underwater theme park

  • Video and photos posted on social media show the large aircraft being winched into the water
  • The plane will be sunk to a depth of 20 metres (65.6 feet) so it can be used as a dive site within the park 
  • The Bahrain tourism agency has emphasised that the project and the theme park are eco-friendly 

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Mesmerising footage has surfaced of a Boeing 747 being tugged across the sea off the coast of Bahrain as preparations for the world’s biggest underwater theme park gets underway.

Video and photos posted on social media show various parts of the large aircraft being removed, including the wings and the tyres, before it is winched into the water and floated into position with the use of buoyancy aids.

The plane will be sunk to a depth of 20 metres (65.6 feet) so it can be used as a dive site within the park, which is set to span at least 100,000 square metres (over one million square feet).

Mesmerising footage has surfaced of a Boeing 747 being tugged across the sea off the coast of Bahrain as preparations for the world’s biggest underwater theme park get underway

In addition to the decommissioned plane, the diving attraction will also feature a replica of a traditional pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and colourful sculptures.

Work on the dive site is part of a collaboration between the Bahrain government, the private sector, dive companies and clubs. Dive Bahrain has been sharing progress updates via its social media channels.

The underwater park is set to open to the public by the summer, the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority announced.

The archipelago’s tourism agency emphasises that the project is eco-friendly.

It has stressed that the park’s features will all be made from green materials providing a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life. 

The plane will be sunk to a depth of 20 metres (65.6 feet) so it can be used as a dive site within the park, which is set to span at least 100,000 square metres (over one million square feet)

The plane will be sunk to a depth of 20 metres (65.6 feet) so it can be used as a dive site within the park, which is set to span at least 100,000 square metres (over one million square feet)

The plane is moved into the water by crew members, with large buoyancy aids to prevent it from sinking

The plane is moved into the water by crew members, with large buoyancy aids to prevent it from sinking 

The archipelago's tourism agency emphasises that the project is eco-friendly. It has stressed that the park's features will all be made from eco-friendly materials providing a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life

The archipelago’s tourism agency emphasises that the project is eco-friendly. It has stressed that the park’s features will all be made from eco-friendly materials providing a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life

Video and photos posted on social media show various parts of the large aircraft being removed, before it is winched into the water and floated into position with the use of buoyancy aids

Video and photos posted on social media show various parts of the large aircraft being removed, before it is winched into the water and floated into position with the use of buoyancy aids

The project is to incorporate 12-metre (39ft) wind towers planted on the seabed, which it is hoped will promote development of coral nurseries. 

Bahrain’s traditional corals have suffered from extensive damage and bleaching in recent decades.

The incorporation of a replica pearl merchant’s house is a nod to the kingdom’s plentiful oyster population and, flowing from that, its pearl diving history. 

This legacy is also reflected in the theme park’s site – is to be developed next to one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in Bahrain – The Pearl Trail.

Meanwhile, the 70-metre-long (230ft) decommissioned plane was specially prepared prior to its descent to the bottom of the ocean, to guard against corrosion.  

The 70-metre-long (230ft) decommissioned plane was specially prepared prior to its descent to the bottom of the ocean, to guard against corrosion

The 70-metre-long (230ft) decommissioned plane was specially prepared prior to its descent to the bottom of the ocean, to guard against corrosion

The airliner is expected to be the largest ever to be submerged

The airliner is expected to be the largest ever to be submerged 

The aircraft is believed to have been taken to Bahrain from Fujairah, Abu Dhabi's neighbour, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in readiness for the project

The aircraft is believed to have been taken to Bahrain from Fujairah, Abu Dhabi’s neighbour, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in readiness for the project

The sunken jumbo jet is set to become the focal point of a massive underwater theme park (rendering of the project above) in Bahrain, which will open this summer

The sunken jumbo jet is set to become the focal point of a massive underwater theme park (rendering of the project above) in Bahrain, which will open this summer

 


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