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Brief Published: 28 Feb 2019

Bahrain to Open World’s Biggest Underwater Theme Park

Bahrain Dive Park

As a way to make nature more accessible to environmentally minded consumers, Bahrain has announced it is opening the world's biggest underwater theme park off its shoreline in the Arabian Gulf.

Slated to open in the summer of 2019, the 100,000m dive site will include a fully-submerged Boeing 747 aircraft, a replica traditional Bharani pearl merchant's house and other artificial coral reefs and sculptures.

According to the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Agency, the park is completely environmentally friendly, incorporating eco materials and will encourage blossoming sea life in the area. Additionally, any remnants of toxic oil or grime will be removed from the plane using bio-friendly detergents before it's placed underwater to avoid any water contamination.

The site will be available as a 'live lab' for university students, environmentalists and marine biologists to conduct practical experiments.

Similarly, the Dubai tourism agency recently announced it is set to open a 20,000 sq m, lost-city-themed artificial dive site and snorkel tourist destination in 2020 called The Pearl of Dubai.

As originally touched upon in Travel for the Agile Elite, these dive sites offer an opportunity for risk-averse travellers to experience diving in a contained environment, providing them with a soft thrill to push them just far enough out of their comfort zones.

See also Sleep Under the Northern Lights, Exploring Eco Tourism and Tourism's Hot Topics: The New York Times Travel Show 2018.