Fakieh Aquarium to open tomorrow

Updated 21 January 2013
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Fakieh Aquarium to open tomorrow

The long-awaited opening of the first of its kind aquarium in the Kingdom, the Fakieh Aquarium, will be tomorrow.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will inaugurate the aquarium located in Jeddah Corniche in a ceremony that will be attended by officials in charge of developing the Saudi seafronts and national tourism. The aquarium was executed by Fakieh Group and contains more than 7,000 marine animals of 200 species in 155 tanks. It has a sharks section, a dolphin pool, large enough to accommodate 400 visitors, sea lion and reef tanks, mangroves and interactive halls, in addition to laboratories and quarantines.
“Prince Khaled’s care for the development of tourism is not new as he has always lent his support to all tourist activities and destinations,” said Muhammad Al-Amri, director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) branch in Makkah. The Jeddah seafront and its eastern side will witness a radical improvement during the next four years, he said, adding that the completion of the ongoing bridge, tunnel and road projects that are aimed at easing traffic in the city will have a positive effect on the flow of visitors.
Prince Khaled is determined to develop seafronts along the Red Sea coast starting with Jeddah and including Leeth and Qunfodha. He had the Emir’s Office, the Jeddah Mayor’s Office, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the SCTA work together in terms of supporting tourist activities.
The aquarium seeks to promotes the conservation of the environment by spreading awareness through education and entertainment.
Most of the species within the Fakieh Aquarium can also be found in the Red Sea, which gives the visitors a glimpse of the beauty that the Red Sea beholds.


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ablaa : A site of archaeological treasures

One of the most important sites in Asir is the Al-Ablaa Center, which contains many treasures that are still being investigated by archaeologists. (SPA)
Updated 26 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ablaa : A site of archaeological treasures

  • Al-Ablaa Center contains many treasures
  • Asir attracts people who are interested in archeology and history

JEDDAH: The northwestern and western towns in Asir province are renowned for their large number of historical sites and villages that host Islamic and pre-Islamic monuments and gold mines. 
One of the most important sites is Al-Ablaa Center, which contains many treasures that are still being investigated by archaeologists.
Al-Ablaa is a white mountain overlooking Ranya Valley. The mountain’s name has come to include neighboring archeological sites that are famous for the presence of a market during the pre-Islamic era. 
The market’s remnants are still visible, and the mountain is surrounded by villages and a gold mine.
There are three carved wells at the top of the mountain. The depth of one of them is 80 meters, and was used for metal extraction. 
Asir attracts people who are interested in archaeology and history, said researcher Dr. Mohammed bin Jerman Al-Awaji. 
Work by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) recently revealed the foundations of a mosque dating back to the early Islamic era in Al-Ablaa. The mosque is estimated to have covered an area of 616 square meters.