Bahrain’s aircraft won’t be alone in the sand, either. The site, covering a 100,000 sq m area of seabed, is also set to include structures such as a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, along with “artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly materials, all submerged to provide a safe haven for coral-reef growth and a habitat for marine life”.
The project is being carried out by the kingdom’s Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and the private sector.
According to a statement from the council’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa issued through the Bahrain News Agency, the project highlights the kingdom’s commitment to preserving its marine habitat by incorporating “the highest international environmental standards”, making it “a global leader in the field of eco-tourism and the preservation of marine wildlife”.
Claiming that the site would become an international tourist attraction “given its large area, location and unique experience for diving enthusiasts”, the sheikh added that it would provide researchers with “rich information and data on marine ecology and biology”.