Farasan Islands .. a great biodiversity .. and a promising tourist future – Albilad Newspaper

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In the Farasan Islands you will find yourself surrounded by a festival of marine scenes, from the symphony of waves beating softly on the edge of the beach to the mangroves that abound in the islands, as well as the scenes of fishermen flying their boats in sailing. the sea, as well as diving and fishing enthusiasts, and there are investment and tourism elements And promising history in various areas, which makes the Farasan Islands possess natural elements that are eligible for investment and tourism.

Farasan is located 50 km west of the city of Jazan in the middle of the Red Sea. The islands were previously registered within the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program as an extension of the sharpness of the wise leadership and his interest in everything that is emphasized. the civilization and heritage of the Kingdom and its occupation of the place it deserves at all levels.In all regional and international forums.

If we look at the Farasan archipelago, we find that it includes 90 islands out of the 200 that belong to the Jazan region, all of which are habitable, and the combined area of ​​the islands of the archipelago exceeds 600 square kilometers; Of the three inhabited islands, it is “Kubra Farasan”, which includes all government and service departments, and a number of hotels, apartments and hotel rooms that receive visitors to the island, and “Al-Sughra Farasan” Al-Saqid and “Kammah” .

The length of some of those islands is about seventy kilometers, while the width varies between 40 and 20 kilometers. The Farasan Islands are distinguished by the importance of their location near the international shipping lane, as well as its proximity to Bab al-Mandeb and the countries of the Horn of Africa and its wealth of natural, tourist and archaeological resources, its coral reefs and fish wealth; What makes it the focus of attention of visitors, tourists, businessmen and fishermen.

Farasan is home to many archeological tourist sites; Including Wadi Matar, located in the south of the island, which includes ruins of large rocks with Himyaritic inscriptions, and the village of Al-Qassar on the island, where the “Al-Kadmi” site is located, which has dilapidated buildings with large stones and the remains of stones very similar to Roman pillars.


Farasan Islands is not just a tourist-paranormal sight; It rather serves as a large heritage shop, and one of the heritage monuments on the islands is “Mount Luqman”, which are large stone ruins indicating that they are the ruins of an ancient fortress, and near them there are some ancient tombs besides the Jarmal house on Qamah island and many old houses like Bait Al-Rifai and mosques, built according to a unique architectural style that tells the architecture of those previous periods, in addition to the Najdi mosque, whose construction dates from 1347 AH, as well as many archeological sites and ancient inscriptions scattered throughout the Farasan Islands.

As for Al-Rifai’s house, with its beautiful design, balconies and courtyards, it is considered one of the most famous monuments in Farasan. The building is also an architectural masterpiece, dating back to the era of the thriving pearl trade on the island. ; It was built with the island’s stones, as it is a coral reef representing malleable limestone rocks, which allowed the builders to control the construction techniques, in addition to the gypsum ores mined in Farasan to this day.


Farasan Islands are known for its vast and unique biodiversity, which distinguishes it from other reserves of the Kingdom; It contains more than 230 species of fish, as well as highly endangered marine wildlife, and 50 species of coral. It is characterized by seaweeds, seaweeds, and jellyfish and mangroves that are important as incubators for young fish and crustaceans. It also contains more than 230 species of fish.


The Farasan Archipelago houses the largest collection of human antelopes or Persian gazelles in the Kingdom, and is one of the most important passages for bird migration, as it contains about 165 species of birds, and includes the largest collection of pink-backed pelicans in the Red Sea, and the largest collection of ospreys in the Middle East, besides its distinction as a snake A fungus for deer and many species of birds, and an annual sanctuary for Haredi fish, which visits the Farasan Islands once a year and contains more than 180 species of plants; Four of them are confined to the Kingdom of the Farasan Islands.


Farasan is also characterized by its historical depth, which qualifies it to be a World Heritage Site, in addition to Farasan’s natural components and capabilities. It has become the focus of attention of tourists, visitors and seekers of the beauty of nature, unique sandy beaches, sea picnics, diving and fishing, and has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Jazan. sites, it has made it a destination for tourists and investors.
Farasan Islands await a promising tourist future through what it will see in the coming years of tourism projects, investments, infrastructure and accommodation services, which will make Farasan Islands an important tourist destination for those seeking the pleasure of marine tourism, pristine seashores and scenic landscapes in the Farasan Governorate Islands.

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