Saudi tourism says 66 islands ready for investment

Development on some of the uninhabited islands has started, according to Jizan tourism officials
Saudi tourism says 66 islands ready for investment
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has announced that 66 islands are now ready for investment.
By David Thompson
Sun 28 Feb 2016 07:26 PM

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has announced that 66 islands are now ready for investment.

Rustom Al-Kubaisi, head of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage branch in Jizan, said development on the uninhabited islands has started, according to Arab News.

Al-Kubaisi said that the tourism income from Farasan Island during the Hareed fishing festival and winter season is estimated at more than $533,000 (SR2 million).

He added that thousands of people arrive from different parts of the world to enjoy the tourism opportunities presented by Farasan Island.

Farasan is the largest island of the islands, located some 50 km offshore from Jazan.

Tourist services including piers, restrooms and umbrellas have now been set up on the three major islands Farasan, Sajid and Muharraq.

Al-Kubaisi said that Farasan Island was considered a major part of the trade in pearls in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea in ancient times.

A number of uninhabited islands serve as breeding sites for large numbers of birds and Arabian gazelles, and offer opportunities for diving tourism trips.

Transportation to Farasan is free, with two ships engaged in the service.

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