Exports of non-Saudi oil increased by 28.4% in Q3 2021.

The vast Red Sea project includes urban development, mass tourism and the ‘greenness’ of the region as a whole – in addition to its cultural landscape, it has a huge potential for nearly 7 million tourists to Saudi Arabia.

At least 1,600 archaeological sites have been identified in the region, of which 20 have been identified as potential tourist attractions. These include Nabataean and other pre-Islamic remnants, as well as ports and towers of the Islamic era.

Probably the most important of these was the shipwreck of the early 18th century, which probably originated in 2016 and probably originated in Egypt. The construction of the ship now has nothing in common with the traditional Arabian boats, namely the large size of the frames and the presence of unusual architectural elements.

“We don’t know much about Saudi history at this time; Or what was life like for sailors crossing the Red Sea at that time? That is why this destruction took place. It gives us a better picture and it is very important to dig.

The relatively large size of the ship indicates that it was capable of transporting goods to the Ottoman Empire and to Europe as far as China and India.

TRSDC is collaborating with the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Heritage Commission and the team of archaeologists at the University of Naples, Europe’s oldest school of science and oriental studies. The United Nations team has been conducting a comprehensive and careful study of the disaster and is working to save the wreckage and finally display its wonders in a purpose-built museum.

“Our plans are to create a unique destination in the world,” said TRSDC Executive Director Venture Development and Innovation. “Discovering the ship’s wreckage may be by diving into the site or looking at the museum, and our remaining goal is to find these places as we prepare to receive more visitors.”

Of particular interest is the fact that more than 2,000 Chinese clay pots and pans, perhaps the holy “Zamzam” water, are sold to pilgrims in Mecca. Many are still in good condition after hundreds of years at sea. These include, for example, garbage on the river, multi-storey pagodas, and human figures.

Other artifacts include Ottoman pipes, food scraps and dishes, and well-preserved items that reflect the daily life of the workers.

“We believe this will be a unique place to dive,” Slage said.

The ruins and the associated museum contribute to the important cultural center of Saudi Arabia.

“According to UNESCO, 60 percent of visitors will be affected by the presence of heritage sites they choose at their destination,” Slaj said. “And 40 percent will last longer than in areas without heritage. Therefore, we believe that shipwreck, which is the first of many of our heritage sites, will be able to attract a large number of visitors.

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