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.


Saudi specialist teams to fight locust invasion

Updated 03 June 2020

Saudi specialist teams to fight locust invasion

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has deployed 40 field teams to fight desert locusts.

The teams will operate south of Riyadh (Wadi Al-Dawasir, Al-Sulayyil, and Al-Aflaj), southeast of Asir (Ahad Rafidah, Sarat Abidah, Wadi bin Hashbal, Tathleeth, Bisha, Tareeb, and Al-Khanqah, and their affiliated centers), Najran’s governorates and eastern desert, and the eastern Taif highlands in the Makkah region.

The ministry said that the Locust Control and Migratory Pest Center is implementing efforts to fight the locust problem in targeted areas, where the extent of the risk has been assessed.

Teams are specially equipped to fight the locust invasion, which began as an outbreak in Yemen, Oman and the Empty Quarter.

A total of 24 pest control teams, nine exploration teams, five supervision and monitoring teams and two maintenance teams have been formed to counter the threat.

Teams will be supplied with over 15,000 liters of pesticides as well as safety tools, spare parts, oil, and fuel as logistical support to aid the operation. SPA Riyadh

Measures aim to reduce breeding in the regions and meet the threat of swarms crossing from Oman and Yemen.

Abnormal rainfall in the south of the Arabian Peninsula has coincided with the summer migration of the locust swarms from East Africa toward southwest Asia (India and Pakistan), the ministry said. 

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