I have to admit that growing up in Saudi Arabia means you have only seen a few real animals; those that are eaten like seafoods, and those that are common here like camels and sheep. Giraffes, lions, tigers, and all the other animals seen in the zoo and farms are likely just seen on TV, unless you go to the local zoo (people rarely go there) here or Taif zoo which is 3-4 hrs away. Taif zoo should be improved as well. They have a dog in the zoo, and ducks. =) You will never see stray dogs here. Stray cats are many, though. We don’t see dragonflies, bugs, and other insects like in tropical countries. Anyway, it feels so complicated. I sometimes feel bad for kids who grew up here. They go outside of the country and they have no idea of the other animals and how to deal with them.
I remember playing with spiders, dogs, cats, birds, and dragonflies as a kid in the Philippines. It was fun and I wasn’t afraid of them.
Anyway, back to the aquarium.
When Fakieh Aquarium came to Jeddah, it opened a brand new world for the people here. The underwater world. Though the Red Sea has always been open for all to dive into, not everyone can go there and see the beauty of deep. This is what Fakieh Aquarium gave to the people of Jeddah. An experience of what it feels like to be in the deep, to see the creatures unknown, and to wonder in awe at what these creatures can do. Here are some of the animals you can see inside:
Kids can observe how these species move in the water.
You can watch the entire Aquarium trip in this video below. Enjoy! =)