DISCLAIMER: Scuba diving is a high risk activity. Scuba diving in the Dead Sea is an extremely high risk activity. The above information is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of the services of Dead Sea Divers nor a suggestion that anyone should undertake high risk activities of any kind. Discipleship Travel LLC has no relationship with Dead Sea Divers and assumes no responsibility for those who choose to secure the services of Dead Sea Divers.
The following Dead Sea facts are provided by Dead Sea Divers.
• It is famous for being the lowest location (lake) on the planet (420 meters below sea level; at the present).
• The saltiest body of water on Earth.
• Located in the deepest part of the Syrian-African Great Rift Valley.
• The Dead Sea is the terminal lake of River Jordan.
• The Dead Sea comprises 2 basins: the northern basin is the deepest (713 meters below sea level) whereas the southern basin is very shallow.
• Known also by the names: Tongue lake and the Salt Sea.
• The Dead Sea level withdraws ,on average, 1 meter per year.
• Concentration of salts is up to 10 times higher than sea water, 34% compared to 3.5% in the sea /ocean.
• In addition to the salt, the Dead Sea water contains chlorine, bromine, sodium, potassium and magnesium providing many healing qualities.
• In the past, nobody believed that life could exist in the Dead Sea. Today we know for fact that Halophilic bacterium and algae lives in this tough environment.
• The curative properties of the Dead Sea have been recognized since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago.
• The Dead Sea is 80 kilometres (50 miles) long, approximately 14 kilometres (9 miles) wide. The northern and larger part is very deep, reaching at one point a depth of 430m (1320 feet). The southern bay is, on the contrary, very shallow, averaging hardly a depth of 4m (13 feet).
• Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the Dead Sea area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar.
Many of our clients may be interested in this letter from the Israel Ministry of Tourism regarding tourism and the current unrest. Discipleship Travel LLC provides this letter to help you make informed decisions regarding travel to Israel.
You may see the original letter as a PDF. Click HERE
From the Office of the Director General of the Israel Ministry of Tourism
We welcome you to enjoy the warm weather, tourism sites, museums, holy places, attractions, restaurants and night life – all open and operating as usual in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv as in all areas of the country.
Currently more than 100,000 foreign tourists are on holiday in Israel. Groups and individuals continue to arrive daily and they feel safe and are enjoying themselves. Everyday life in Israel is normal. Children go to kindergarten and school, local residents go to work and business continues as usual. The headlines about the situation in countries along the Mediterranean Sea are not relevant to our daily lives.
A wide range of international events are taking place at various locations in the coming days and weeks including the 19th International Harp Contest in Acco from November 23-December 3, the European Short Course Swimming Competition in Netanya and Superstar American comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perfrom in Tel Aviv in December as part of his world tour. Christmas celebrations are underway preparing for the thousands of foreign tourists who will partake in the festivities.
In addition, international conferences and exhibitions are going on in venues throughout the country as planned.
We look forward to welcoming you to Israel.