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The magical underwater world of Saudi Arabia's Amaala project

Words by Nathan Irvine

Under the sea

Warren Baverstock is the Director of Marine Life Operations at Amaala - one of Saudi Arabia's superprojects for 2030. Before jetting across the Middle East, Baverstock spent 17 years in Dubai at the Burj Al Arab as Director of Aquarium Operations where he created - amongst other things - a turtle rehabilitation project. So it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about underwater wildlife.

His love for the deep blue sea also comes across in his other passion - award-winning underwater photography. The seas around the Amaala project provide the perfect place to snap all manner of creatures and plants. We caught up with Baverstock to discuss his career so far and to look at some of his favourite pictures he's taken around Amaala.


Supplied Warren Baverstock

"I have always been fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. My life’s work is all about bringing underwater perspectives to light in their full glory." Baverstock tells us.

"I purchased my first underwater camera in 1999 with the money my late grandfather left me. The analogue SLR, pre-dating any digital camera, could only capture a limited number of images." he says. "Those 35 photographs defined the next 25 years of my life, taking me around the world to uncover special places of beauty and encounter unique adventures."

"I have been lucky enough to have received several awards and critical acclaim and am now working to conserve the unique marine biodiversity of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea, as Director of Marine Life Assets & Operations at The Red Sea Development Company."

Visit the Amaala website to find out more.

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