The world's first underwater mosque has been constructed beneath the water close to the Saudi Arabian town of Tabuk. The mosque was built by a group of private divers.
According to Emirates 247 the mosque is constructed of sand filled plastic pipes. The divers conducted prayers inside the underwater structure once the building was complete.
Arabian Business reported diver Hamadan bin Salim Al Masoudi said "One of our colleagues came up with this idea last summer and we decided to carry it out. We have just completed the construction of the mosque… when we put the final touches on it, it was time for afternoon prayers, so we performed group prayers in the first underwater mosque in history.”
Although the concept for an underwater mosque is unique other underwater structures are being developed in the Middle East. Dubai World recently announced it was due to build an underwater hotel to be known as the World Discus Hotel. The hotel will take its name from its shape which will be comprised of submerged discs.
The underwater hotel will be developed by Deep Ocean Technology. News Com Au reported the company said "the hotel would help fulfill travellers' desire to explore the depths of the oceans.Today, the advent of new technology made the heart of the ocean a setting not only for diving, but also for luxurious holidays."