National parks and reserves in Saudi Arabia

National parks and reserves in Saudi Arabia

The most famous reserve of the country – Asir National Park, which extends in the southwestern part of the country from the Red Sea to the desert areas east of the mountains of Asir and Hijaz. Occupying an area of ​​about 450 thousand. hectare reserve covers two natural zones – plain to the south-east of Abha and mountainous regions to the north-west of the city. In fact, a whole series of small parks, each of which has its own camp for tourists and an area for picnics. In addition to the unique natural complexes of mountain areas, including and desert elements, and rare for the region’s mountain forests, where you can see the highest and beautiful mountain Saudi Arabia – Jabal al-Saud, tourist center of the park with the layout of all the protected areas and different specific platform, numerous ancient tower "gasaba" (Their purpose is still not completely clear), an ancient caravan center Cariati El Fau, Najran Dam and the temple, and the ruins of ancient cities of Timna and Shiban, lost amid pomegranate and lime orchards.

National parks and reserves in Saudi Arabia

Archipelago National Park Farasan (40 km west of Jizan) is known as the most important reproductive center seabirds (about 87 species), gazelle (the largest population in the country), dugongs (together with the Ethiopian islands of Dahlak – the last population in the region) and sea turtles, and the largest island of the archipelago – Farasan Kabir (Farasan al Kabir) and is known as the point of the greatest biological diversity in the Red sea.

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