Alosaimi waits in the water for Nasr to join her so they can start exploring.
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The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the sea is a glimmering turquoise.Out here in the Red Sea, it's easy to forget this is Saudi Arabia, a conservative Muslim country where the vast majority of women cover their hair and face with black veils, wear long, loose robes, known as abayas, in public, are largely segregated from men and cannot travel abroad without the permission of a male relative.The Red Sea is also the site of an ambitious $500 billion project called "Neom" – an independent economic zone in a corner of the country near Egypt and Jordan that sits on 26,500 square kilometers of untouched land, an area bigger than the U.S. state of Maryland.Egyptian diver Tamer Nasr, who worked in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh for more than 20 years, said it could take divers years to map out Saudi Arabia's nearly 2,000 kilometers of Red Sea coastline.To connect with other female divers in Saudi Arabia, Alosaimi created a group called "Pink Bubbles Divers" and organized a day in Jeddah last year for women to dive together and enjoy a private day at the beach.
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