Tabuk Province
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Catalina Seaplane Wreckage - Tabuk Province

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Catalina Seaplane Wreckage, Ras Gasabah Saudi Arabia
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Description

For more than 50 years, a war seaplane has remained abandoned at the remote sandy cape of Ras Al-Sheikh Hameed between the Red Sea and the desert of Saudi Arabia. 

History

The plane was originally built for use in World War II, but later an industrialist, bought the plane and planned a world voyage on it with his family. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the plane landed on the Arabian beach and was mistook as hostile by the locals, who opened fire on it. This rendered the plane unfit for flying and resulted in its abandonment. Sign boards have also been erected on the site explaining the history of the wreckage.

Landscape

The enormous plane wreckage lies on the windy beach that usually has low tides. However, the tides can also be high at times with the water reaching the plane. Standing on the beach, onlookers can see Egypt in the far distance. Visitors can take a closer look at this 1930s American military seaplane, although a fence has been built around it recently for the safety of visitors. 

Activities

The site is well maintained, where visitors can explore the wreckage and let their imagination run wild during this historic adventure. The road leading up to the location is muddy but drivable, and there are restroom facilities near the historical site. Due to the strong winds, the weather remains pleasant, making it the perfect place to have a picnic. Children and even adults can enjoy the beach and its crystal clear waters, especially during sunset. This site is perfect for visitors who are in the area with a tight schedule as the visit is short and enlightening.

 

Location

Catalina Seaplane Wreckage, Ras Gasabah Saudi Arabia

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RTZ Explorer

RTZ Explorer

11/12/2022 04:19

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Visited the wreckage of Catlina 1930 (Private Plane) in Ras Gasba, NEOM. The plane was originally built for use in World War II, but later an industrialist, bought the plane and planned a world voyage on it with his family. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the plane landed on the Arabian beach and was mistook as hostile by the locals, who opened fire on it. This rendered the plane unfit for flying and resulted in its abandonment. onlookers can see Egypt, Jordon and Israel in the far distance.
Stu Boston

Stu Boston

10/19/2022 16:47

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Location is open, you can feel free to go there. And also feel free cross over the coast there, there is beautiful view over there
Ibrahim Hafeez

Ibrahim Hafeez

07/13/2022 03:05

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This sea plane was wrecked on 1960s. Reaching this place is little bit difficult for normal cars. Almost 2-3 kilometers we need to drive through sandy desert. If you visit tabuk province, must visit this place. Archeological department are well maintained this place.
Eva19 P

Eva19 P

07/12/2022 08:01

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It’s a great experience and the area is peaceful and clean
Thorsten Kuttig

Thorsten Kuttig

07/08/2022 16:44

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Great spot and interesting wreckage. They even got toilets and showers in this middle of nowhere;)
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