Divers on holiday in Bahrain will be able to explore a submerged Boeing 747 from August.

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) towed the 70-metre decommissioned aircraft to the dive site at a new underwater theme park called Dive Bahrain.

Located off the north coast of mainland Bahrain, the underwater attraction is 20 metres below the surface, and will start to provide a habitat for coral and marine life.

Other items, such as a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, will be submerged at the theme park – said to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

A specialist team ensured the submerged plane complied with international environmental and safety standards to preserve the marine environment.

Tourism minister Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani said: “We are proud to launch this unique eco-friendly project in partnership with local diving companies, the Supreme Council for Environment and the private sector.

“The new theme park will undoubtedly emerge as a global tourist attraction.

“The world-class project covers an extensive area and will provide an unforgettable experience for both tourists and diving enthusiasts alike.”

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