WHAT IS IT
Built in England in 1949, the Georgios G. was launched as a cargo liner nine years later. In 1978, when the vessel became stranded on a reef off the Saudi coast in the Gulf of Aqaba, her crew had no idea how lethal their cargo hold would prove to be: Unknown to the technicians frantically trying to restart the engine, hanging in the air were highly explosive particles of flour. Flour grains burn instantly, and with a cargo full, the ship was engulfed in an inferno that lasted several days.
Now an important part of NEOM’s marine conservation, the surviving metal framework of the ship has become an oasis for marine species such as coral, sponges, fish and turtles.
Georgios G. Shipwreck
What to do
The colorful nursery of diverse reef life can be discovered easily. There are designated swimming areas, or you can relax in tranquillity on the golden sands of the beach.
Accessible by four-wheel drive on designated paths, this cultural heritage site is situated on the Gulf of Aqaba. In order to conserve this area of natural beauty, there are clearly marked zones designed to protect your safety, and that of the fragile marine environment.
Please do not go on to the wreck or swim close to it as the rusting edges of the shipwreck are sharp and dangerous.