Sunken Armored Cars Are Now Artificial Reef Off Dubai

Diving an artificial reef off Dubai (Photo Credit: Gulf News)
Diving an artificial reef off Dubai (Photo Credit: Gulf News)

‘Cuz when you’re vacationing in Dubai, why not go diving and check out an artificial reef made up of armored cars?

That’s actually what the Dubai Police did with 15 of its old, decommissioned vehicles back in 2012. The cars’ frames were thoroughly scrubbed of any pollutants and sunk in a one-nautical-mile area off the coast.

The new reef now plays host to 17 species of fish that previously didn’t inhabit that area.

The Dubai Police Department has since also helped set up a coral nursery off Palm Deira. For more info, check out the story in Gulf News or the video below.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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