Where We Are Going Today: Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah

Updated 07 February 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah

  • The aquarium is located on Jeddah’s corniche
  • New species are regularly added to the ever-expanding collection of sea life

Fakieh Aquarium, the only public aquarium in Saudi Arabia, offers visitors an entertaining and educational experience, including tours that showcase the treasures lurking beneath the waves.

It features more than 200 aquatic species — including sharks, stingrays, seahorses, dolphins and a host of exotic fish —  not only from the Red Sea but from around the world. New species are regularly added to the ever-expanding collection of sea life, the latest of which, the seadragon, will debut this year.

The aquarium is located on Jeddah’s corniche, the perfect location for families to enjoy during a visit to the seaside. In addition to the guided tours, guests can enjoy dolphin and sea lion shows, dine at a Miami Beach-themed restaurant and pick up a souvenir at the gift shop.

Fakieh Aquarium is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.