A 29 years old Saudi Woman Scuba diver Nouf Alosami wearing a diving suit, a necklace with a silver charm, is on a discovery to dive around small Sandy Island in the Red Sea that is a home to busy crabs and seagulls
The calm waters north of the busy city of Jeddah are the scene of a dramatic experiment that encourages Tourism in the Kingdom. It is exciting for Alosaimi too, as it is bringing opportunities for Women on a different level.
She is opening up miles of untouched coastlines teaming with unexplored seascapes for her and other divers. However, she was able to find an Island in the middle of the red sea and said, this Island is a beautiful place for a picnic and we are creating diving products here.
Alosaimi, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, is an innovator in her field she holds a local record for the deepest dive by a Saudi female at 345 feet (105 meters). The practical dive required five tanks and lasted more than 70 minutes.
Every day she travels more than an hour long distance in a bus from Jeddah to reach her workplace, King Abdullah Economic City where she works at a dive centers at Bay La Sun Marina and Yacht Club.
These two dive centers were recently opened to promote Kingdom’s Tourism plan after the announcement made by Prince Mohammad bin Salman to introduce Tourist Visas in the Kingdom this year.
Before this, only Muslim pilgrims and business travelers were allowed to visit the Kingdom but now tourism is being promoted as a way to open more jobs opportunities for Saudis and attract foreign investment in the Kingdom to boost its economy and to improve the country’s image overseas.
The government Sovereign wealth fund has identified the area of about 125 miles of red sea coastline to transform it into Global Luxurious travel destination with diving attraction and a nature reserve and is also working on ambitious The Neom Project.
Alosaimi’s said a change has already occurred in the Kingdom which has a great impact on her life. The Saudi Coast Guard now no longer stop any woman to go out on boats without a male guardian, such as a husband, father or brother. This helped her a lot to explore the sea freely.
Tamer Nasr, Egyptian diver said it will take many years for divers to map out Saudi Arabia’s approximately 1,200 miles of Red Sea shoreline.
He said the divers of the Saudi Kingdom have a huge area to discover and divers from Bay La Sun Marina have already found a number of underwater wrecks and dive sites that could draw tourists to Kingdom.
Alosaimi is also working to promote diving in the Kingdom. Last year she created a group called “Pink Bubbles Divers” and organized a day in Jeddah for women divers to dive together and enjoy a private day at the beach.
Alosaimi is passionate to work on her plans and discover new dive sites in the Northern parts of the Kingdom, all she is waiting for this June when the ban will lift from women driving. She will go on a road trip with her friend to discover further new sites.
She says she knows the Red sea of Egypt more than the Red Sea of her own Kingdom and she feels bad for this but now she has the opportunity and she will not let it go.
Source: Al Arabiya