Farasan Island

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Farasan Island

The Farasan Island located in the Red Sea is called several other names, it is known as the Greater Farasan Island, and also the Farasan Al Kabeer Island, and it is one of the many islands that make up the Farasan Archipelago, which is characterized by its picturesque beaches with bright white sand, in addition to its attractive colorful waters, and this island is considered It is the largest among the islands of the archipelago, and it is a natural reserve in the Red Sea, due to its biological diversity.

Location, boundaries, and area

Forsan Island is located on the southern side of the Red Sea, and it is one of the islands of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it belongs specifically to the Jazan region, which is located in the southwestern part of the Kingdom.

Farasan Island is twenty and a half miles from the coast of the Kingdom, which equals fifty kilometers to the west of the city of Jizan. As for its length, it is estimated at sixty-six kilometers, and its average width reaches thirty kilometers. This island is recorded seventy two meters above sea level.

The most important villages on the island of Forsan

  • The village of Al-Muharraq, which is located in the southern part of the town of Forsan, and its people occupy fishing.
  • Al-Hussein Village, which is located in the northeastern part of the island, where thirty kilometers from the city, and its inhabitants are profound in addition to raising camels, the agriculture that is active in the rainy season.
  • Al-Qassar Village, five kilometers from the city, is considered one of the most important resorts on the island, as it has abundant freshwater springs.
  • The village of Sir, which is the largest village on the island, is an estimated forty-five kilometers away from the city center, and its people practice fishing, in addition to trading in pearls where they became famous in ancient times.
  • The village of M’sila, which is located on the northern side of the island, and most of the people of this village are nomads, who were known as the Rashaida.

historical location

There are several archaeological sites on this island, which are considered one of the most important elements that attract tourism and the most important archaeological sites in them:

  • The Najdi Mosque, which was famous for its old age, was built by Ibrahim al-Tamimi in one thousand three hundred and forty-seven AH, and it is one of the largest pearl merchants, and this mosque was decorated with Islamic decorations and inscriptions, making it very similar to the Qasr Al-Hamra Mosque.
  • Al-Rifai House, which was built by Ahmad Munawar Rifai, and is one of the most famous pearl merchants in the region.
  • The Ottoman castle, which dates back to the Ottoman period, is located on the northern side of the city of Forsan, erected on a high overlooking the town, and was built from stones, and also from the plaster of its raw materials on this island.
  • Also, there are several important castles in it, such as Lukman Castle, which the people of the island call Mount Lukman, located to the left side of the village of Muharraq. The bruising house.
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