UAE to Kish? Iran's first tourist submarine...

Now Kish Island offers an added attraction

Iran has launched its first submarine for tourists, an all-Iranian-made undersea vehicle.

State TV says the sub has been dubbed 'Morvarid', or Pearl in Farsi, and has the capacity to carry four people per voyage. It says the vessel is four metres (13 feet) long and three metres (9.8 feet) in both width and height.

Friday's report says the submarine will serve tourists in Kish Island, Iran's prime tourist spot in the Gulf.

Kish sees a lot of traffic from the UAE with the destination popular as a transit point to exit the country for quick visa renewal.

Morvarid has been entirely designed and manufactured by Iranian experts. The TV also says it has a speed of up to 12 knots, has a diesel generator but can be electrically-powered for up to six to 10 hours.

Iran's Navy has several Russian-made and smaller Iranian-built submarines in service.

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