Jordan Opens The First Underwater War Museum

Published August 19th, 2019 - 06:08 GMT

Jordan has officially launched the first of its kind 'underwater museum', comprising 19 military relics in Aqaba. 

Aqaba’s Underwater Military Museum Dive Site was unveiled for visitors to get the chance to examine military hardware stationed along coral reefs imitating a tactical formation, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) said.

The ASEZA took all possible measures to ensure the protection and safety of the marine environment in cooperation with the relevant authorities and associations.

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Off the coast of Aqaba, a floating crane manoeuvres into position to build Jordan’s latest tourist attraction: an underwater museum of military vehicles, located on top of a coral reef. (AFP)

Off the coast of Aqaba, a floating crane manoeuvres into position to build Jordan’s latest tourist attraction: an underwater museum of military vehicles, located on top of a coral reef. (AFP)

The seabed near Aqaba is also home to a C-130 Hercules jet, which was sunk last year, as well as a tank and shipwreck which were submerged during the late 1990s. (AFP)

The seabed near Aqaba is also home to a C-130 Hercules jet, which was sunk last year, as well as a tank and shipwreck which were submerged during the late 1990s. (AFP)

A Military Underwater Museum in Jordan's Aqaba. (Twitter)

A Military Underwater Museum in Jordan's Aqaba. (Twitter)

An armoured vehicle sits amid the clear waters: the museum plans to submerge further attractions in the future for divers to explore. "Placing these military vehicles in this location will allow coral reefs, corals as well as marine life - including fish, to find a safe sanctuary," says Abdullah Abu Awali, manager of the shorelines. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

An armoured vehicle sits amid the clear waters: the museum plans to submerge further attractions in the future for divers to explore. "Placing these military vehicles in this location will allow coral reefs, corals as well as marine life - including fish, to find a safe sanctuary," says Abdullah Abu Awali, manager of the shorelines. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

The museum includes several Khalid battle tanks which previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have been carefully positioned to replicate battle formation. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

The museum includes several Khalid battle tanks which previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have been carefully positioned to replicate battle formation. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

The full complement of vehicles includes tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, guns and a combat helicopter. This anti-aircraft vehicle previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

The full complement of vehicles includes tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, guns and a combat helicopter. This anti-aircraft vehicle previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

A tracked medical vehicle: Jordan is not the only country in the region to sink vehicles for divers to explore: later this month, Bahrain will open a theme park off Diyar Al Muharraq which includes a submerged Boeing 747. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

A tracked medical vehicle: Jordan is not the only country in the region to sink vehicles for divers to explore: later this month, Bahrain will open a theme park off Diyar Al Muharraq which includes a submerged Boeing 747. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)

The crane lowers a Jordanian Armed Forces' armoured vehicle. (YouTube Screenshot)

The crane lowers a Jordanian Armed Forces' armoured vehicle. (YouTube Screenshot)

Off the coast of Aqaba, a floating crane manoeuvres into position to build Jordan’s latest tourist attraction: an underwater museum of military vehicles, located on top of a coral reef. (AFP)
The seabed near Aqaba is also home to a C-130 Hercules jet, which was sunk last year, as well as a tank and shipwreck which were submerged during the late 1990s. (AFP)
A Military Underwater Museum in Jordan's Aqaba. (Twitter)
An armoured vehicle sits amid the clear waters: the museum plans to submerge further attractions in the future for divers to explore. "Placing these military vehicles in this location will allow coral reefs, corals as well as marine life - including fish, to find a safe sanctuary," says Abdullah Abu Awali, manager of the shorelines. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The museum includes several Khalid battle tanks which previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have been carefully positioned to replicate battle formation. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The full complement of vehicles includes tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, guns and a combat helicopter. This anti-aircraft vehicle previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
A tracked medical vehicle: Jordan is not the only country in the region to sink vehicles for divers to explore: later this month, Bahrain will open a theme park off Diyar Al Muharraq which includes a submerged Boeing 747. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The crane lowers a Jordanian Armed Forces' armoured vehicle. (YouTube Screenshot)
Off the coast of Aqaba, a floating crane manoeuvres into position to build Jordan’s latest tourist attraction: an underwater museum of military vehicles, located on top of a coral reef. (AFP)
Off the coast of Aqaba, a floating crane manoeuvres into position to build Jordan’s latest tourist attraction: an underwater museum of military vehicles, located on top of a coral reef. (AFP)
The seabed near Aqaba is also home to a C-130 Hercules jet, which was sunk last year, as well as a tank and shipwreck which were submerged during the late 1990s. (AFP)
The seabed near Aqaba is also home to a C-130 Hercules jet, which was sunk last year, as well as a tank and shipwreck which were submerged during the late 1990s. (AFP)
A Military Underwater Museum in Jordan's Aqaba. (Twitter)
A Military Underwater Museum in Jordan's Aqaba. (Twitter)
An armoured vehicle sits amid the clear waters: the museum plans to submerge further attractions in the future for divers to explore. "Placing these military vehicles in this location will allow coral reefs, corals as well as marine life - including fish, to find a safe sanctuary," says Abdullah Abu Awali, manager of the shorelines. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
An armoured vehicle sits amid the clear waters: the museum plans to submerge further attractions in the future for divers to explore. "Placing these military vehicles in this location will allow coral reefs, corals as well as marine life - including fish, to find a safe sanctuary," says Abdullah Abu Awali, manager of the shorelines. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The museum includes several Khalid battle tanks which previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have been carefully positioned to replicate battle formation. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The museum includes several Khalid battle tanks which previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have been carefully positioned to replicate battle formation. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The full complement of vehicles includes tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, guns and a combat helicopter. This anti-aircraft vehicle previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The full complement of vehicles includes tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, guns and a combat helicopter. This anti-aircraft vehicle previously belonged to the Jordanian Armed Forces. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
A tracked medical vehicle: Jordan is not the only country in the region to sink vehicles for divers to explore: later this month, Bahrain will open a theme park off Diyar Al Muharraq which includes a submerged Boeing 747. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
A tracked medical vehicle: Jordan is not the only country in the region to sink vehicles for divers to explore: later this month, Bahrain will open a theme park off Diyar Al Muharraq which includes a submerged Boeing 747. (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority/AFP)
The crane lowers a Jordanian Armed Forces' armoured vehicle. (YouTube Screenshot)
The crane lowers a Jordanian Armed Forces' armoured vehicle. (YouTube Screenshot)