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    Middle East

    Surrounded by seas – the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Sea and Red Sea – scuba diving in the Middle East is amazingly diverse. From ancient shipwrecks to modern artificial reefs to some of the best-protected and most pristine coral reef systems in the world, you’ll find it here. Enjoy shore diving off calm bays or swift drift diving among rocky pinnacles with the chance to see elusive whale sharks. Delve deeper into the history and diversity of the Middle East, both topside and underwater.

  • Encompassing the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, which separates the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – especially Dubai – has long been known as a shopping destination, rather than a sporting attraction.

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    Israel lies on the Mediterranean Sea’s eastern shore, but also touches the tip of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, thus offering two very different scuba diving scenes.

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    With vast deserts and rich history, the Sultanate of Oman is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination Until the 1970s, the country was almost completely closed to outside visitors but since it opened its doors, the scuba diving world is richer because of it. 

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