i-DiVE TRiBE introduce new dive sites in Dahab with Ancient Egyptian statues – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Community divers with i-DiVE TRiBE introduced new diving sites in the South Sinai tourism town of Dahab by submerging two statues designed to promote the growth of new coral.

Forty divers, led by team leader and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Abd El-Rahman Ossama El-Mekkawi, submerged two statues onto the Red Sea bed near the popular Lighthouse diving site in the hopes of growing new coral for Dahab’s marine life and to attract drivers to different locations. The statues are depictions of Ancient Egyptian gods Bes and Horus. They were built by artist and Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor Hamed Mohamed using junk metal and concrete.

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The divers transported the statues into the water using Klim to cover and protect the statues. The statue of “joy god” Bes was submerged to about 20 metres deep, while “sun god” Horus was submerged to about 14 metres. Both statues weighed half a ton each.

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According to Dr. Mohammed Ismail, Lecturer of Marine Biology at Suez Canal University, current research shows that “most diving sites around Egypt are being overused with no sustainable development of these sites”. The new diving sites, he added, are needed to reduce the pressure on the popular attractions in order for them to recover. Dr. Ismail explained the holes within the statues were added to allow small fish and invertebrates to shelter from predators. “They add an extra ecological importance to the underwater constructions,” he said.

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Environmental Researcher with South Sinai Protectorates Ismail Mohammed Abdulazeem added that the Egyptian divers, some of which included doctors and engineers, have exerted tremendous effort towards the initiation. He confirmed the project aims to attract tourists and divers, adding that the statues were submerged away from unique coral reefs to protect them.

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Abd El Rahman El-Mekkawi further stated that the project took approximately three years to develop. A third statue, a metal frame in the shape of an elephant, is also being constructed from metal junk parts.

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i-DiVE TRiBE is a group of divers “whose target is to change the concept of diving in Egypt, ranked 2nd best dive destination in the world”. Their mission is to develop members’ diving skills to serve the community and preserve the environment.

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