Abu Dhabi: Only travellers are allowed to take photos at the world’s biggest aquarium at King Abdulaziz International Airport, in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19, local media reported.
The new airport in Jeddah now boasts a gigantic aquarium containing about 2,000 rare fish. This has added to the beauty of the Kingdom’s busiest airport.
Ibrahim Al Ruasa, spokesman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, was quoted by Al Watan newspaper as saying the aquarium has a height of 14 metres, a diameter of 10 metres and a capacity of 1,000,000 litres. It contains a mixture of fresh water and German salt at a temperature of 26 degrees Celsius.
Al Ruasa added, “The aquarium contains a variety of fish, some of which are rare. They total over 2,000. They include sharks, dogfish, trevally, triggerfish and Napoleon fish, which are fed automatically with fresh seafood and algae.”
The new airport has a total area of 810,000 sq. metres and a capacity of 30 million passengers annually in its first stage.
The designs of the new airport are characterised by architectural elements derived from the Saudi environment in general and the environment of Historical Jeddah in particular. Meanwhile, green areas have been cultivated around and within the terminals, adding to the beauty of the airport facilities.
An indoor park with an area of 18,000 sq metres has been set up, with the electric train station in the centre. A fish pool has been constructed in the centre of the Transport Centre. It contains several kinds of coral reefs and fish species from the Red Sea. This will cause the viewer to link the airport (mentally) with the marine environment of Jeddah. Furthermore, it will be a beautiful, pleasant scene for the passengers.
King Abdulaziz International Airport is the main airport for pilgrims on their way to perform the Haj and Umrah in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
Saudi Arabia has been concentrating on expanding its tourism sector as an important step in diversifying its economy.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of domestic and international airports in the Kingdom has doubled to 28.
This has resulted in a subsequent increase in passengers, from 47 million in 2010 to 74 million in 2014. In 2018, this number increased further to 100 million.