Egypt Created Its First Underwater Military Museum In An Effort To Preserve Coral Reefs And Attract Tourists
A first-of-its-kind underwater military museum has opened around Hurghada, Egypt.
The museum offers three different and creative diving settings with fifteen items of military hardware arranged in different areas.
The museum intends to develop fresh and intriguing dive sites that may alleviate strain on some of the other, more well-known sites in the region, according to the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), the organization spearheading the concept. This is due to the fact that certain dive sites attract over 200,000 dives year, despite the suggested maximum of 22,000 dives, which is almost ten times lower.
The three sites for the museum equipment are:
- Erg Gamea – Magawish.
- Urog – Eltaweel.
- Shaab Elsakala
Tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other heavy equipment are among the unusually broad variety of equipment on display at the museum. Prior to the equipment sinking, it was all secured.
With tourism making up over 12% of Egypt’s GDP, it is one of its main sectors.
According to official figures, the COVID-19 epidemic caused Egypt’s visitor numbers to decline from over 13 million in 2019 to over 3.7 million in 2020. It steadily increased to around 8 million in 2021 and continued to rise during 2022, approaching pre-pandemic levels.
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