Bahraini developer to build 'pearl merchant house' at water theme park

Park includes submerged Boeing 747

Manama Panorama. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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12 June 2019
Bahrain-based master developer Diyar Al-Muharrraq will design and build a 900-metre traditional Arabian pearl merchant house as part of the world's largest underwater theme park on the Gulf Island, its CEO was reported on Wednesday as saying.

Maher Al-Shaer told the Bahraini Arabic language daily Akhbar Al-Khaleej that the developer will design and build 'Al-Noukhada Home' within the park project, which is expected to be commissioned this summer.

"We have been asked to design and construct Al-Noukhada Home as part of the world's largest underwater theme park project...this project is intended to attract tourists interested in diving sports and research," he said.

He said the company would also build a heritage village and diving training centre along with Al-Noukhada Home.

The tiny Kingdom of Bahrain, a member of the 38-year-old Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), announced early this year plans to develop the underwater theme park, covering an area of over 100,000 square metres.

The dive site will have a 70-metre long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged.

It will also comprise several other structures, including a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant's house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly material, all submerged to provide a "safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life."

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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