Wednesday, January 22, 2020

LARGEST UNDERWATER THEME PARK OPENED

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani officially inaugurated the largest underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain, which was announced by Personal Representative of His Majesty the King Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the President of the Supreme Council for Environment. The initial phase of the project has been completed recently by submerging a 70-meter long Boeing 747, 20-22 meters below the water North of Bahrain, to become the first attraction of the 100,000 m2 theme park area.

Prior to the official opening, the dive park was also inspected by a group of diving professionals from registered dive centers, who were able to ensure all safety requirements are fully met to guarantee a safe diving experience and environment necessary for the public.

The Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister said the underwater theme park is considered the largest in the world and aims to further boost tourism within the strategy of Bahrain Tourism Authority (BTA) to promote the sector by availing of beaches and islands in Bahrain. He expressed hope the project would yield economic dividends, pointing out that the park’s location was chosen according to the highest marine environment safety standards in consultation with the registered dive centers, which were able to ensure all safety requirements are fully met to guarantee a safe diving experience and environment necessary for the public.

During the official opening of the theme park, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment, Dr Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina along with a number of professional divers carried out an inaugural dive in the park to experience the magnificent underwater aircraft structure.

Earlier, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism announced that the dive park would be open to the public on Saturday, 07 September 2019, and renewed its invitation to those who wish to book their underwater dive experience with any of the registered dive centers listed on the website www.divebahrain.com. It added that the listed centers on the website are the only registered centers, and have all participated in an orientation dive and are familiarised with key rules and regulations in preparation to organise trips to the park and offer a safe and enjoyable experience to the public.

The dive park will include several structures in addition to the aircraft, such as a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, which is being overseen and sponsored by Diyar Al Muharraq, an artificial coral reef and other sculptures that will be fabricated and submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for sustainable marine life. The eco-friendly park will also provide researchers with rich information and data on marine ecology and biology, and will enhance environmental awareness on the importance of preserving marine life.

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