Jordan Current Affairs - 2020
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Jordan has unveiled its 1st Underwater Military Museum on the bed of Red Sea off the coast of Aqaba. As part new underwater military museum the kingdom submerged several military vehicles, including tanks, troop carriers and even a decommissioned Jordanian Armed Forces’ AH-1 Cobra helicopter into the waters of the Red Sea. Before the vehicles were submerged, all hazardous materials were removed from them.
About Jordan’s Underwater Military Museum
It features 19 decommissioned pieces of military hardware, submerged at depths up to 28 meters (92 feet). Sunken items in the Underwater Museum have been stationed along the coral reefs in Red Sea imitating a battle tactical formation.
As per Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) the display offers a new & unique type of museum experience for visiting tourists as the museum would combine sports, environment and exhibits. It will attract tourists to already popular diving resort of Aqaba.
Underwater Military Museum Dive Site includes several tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, an anti-aircraft battery, guns and a combat helicopter.
Museum will be accessible to scuba divers, snorkelers, and tourists by using glass-floored boats.
Fact Box: Red Sea
It is a narrow strip of water inlet of Indian Ocean. It extends southeastward from Suez in Egypt, to Bab el-Mandeb Strait (it connects Red Sea to Gulf of Aden).
It lies between Africa and Asia. To its north lie Sinai Peninsula, Gulf of Aqaba, and Gulf of Suez.
Gulf of Aqaba: it penetrates between Saudi Arabia and Sinai Peninsula.
Tags: Gulf of Aqaba • Jordan • Red Sea • Underwater Museum Of Military Vehicles
Jordan, a water-poor country that is 90% desert, has launched Sahara Forest Project near the southern port city of Aqaba to turn desert land into farming land to produce food using sun and sea water.
The project seeks to demonstrate innovative application of technology to revolutionize our land systems in a way that benefits the climate, people, and businesses. It is funded by Norway and European Union.
Sahara Forest Project aims to provide fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot, arid regions as well as re-vegetating areas of uninhabited desert. It combines saltwater-cooled greenhouses with solar power technologies, and technologies for desert revegetation.
In the first stage, the project aims to produce up to 130 tonnes of organic vegetables annually from area size of four football pitches. It will also produce fresh water. It will use solar panels to provide power and include outdoor planting space, water desalination unit, two saltwater-cooled greenhouses and salt ponds for salt production. In later stages, it is expanded to be expanded from three hectares to around 200 hectares of desert.