Jeddawis to get a glimpse of underwater life



JEDDAH: AFIFA JABEEN QURAISHI

Published — Wednesday 23 January 2013

Last update 22 January 2013 11:58 pm

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The Fakieh Aquarium in the Jeddah Corniche that was inaugurated on Monday by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal officially opens for the public today. The opening of the aquarium was much awaited and was preceded by considerable excitement among Jeddawis on social media.
“All of the tours in the aquarium are guided and educational, and there will be three tours in the weekdays and four in the weekend,” said Asseel Ismail, one of the organizers of the Fakieh Aquarium, speaking to Arab News. She said around 600 people attended the opening ceremony on Monday.
The ticket is priced at SR 50 while children under two years can enter for free.
A separate ticket costing SR 50 is to be purchased for watching any of the organized shows, such as the dolphin shows or the sea lion shows.
The aquarium is said to be the biggest water tourism project in the Kingdom, implemented by the Fakieh Tourism Group, and costs SR 250 million.
“Over 7,000 sea creatures — mostly from the Red Sea and some from abroad such as from Japan — and comprising 200 different kinds of sea species, housed in 155 tanks, await visitors to the aquarium,” said Ismail. Abdurrahman Fakieh, founder and chairman of the Fakieh Group, said the aquarium expects to receive more than 14,000 visitors every day.
Earlier, speaking at the opening ceremony, the Makkah Gov. said: “The marine museum is educational and we always aspire for the best.” The aquarium is also equipped with restaurants.
Visitors can get a glimpse of the underwater world between Saturdays and Tuesdays (10 a.m. — 11 p.m.) and between Wednesdays and Fridays (11:30 a.m. — 11:30 p.m.).

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