Marine environmental experts at the Red Sea Development Company were able to discover a huge coral colony south of Al Waqadi Island, Saudi Arabia.
Experts estimated the age of the coral colony at about 600 years, with a height of more than 10 meters.
The company explained that this discovery is the first of its kind in the Red Sea region
The age of the coral reefs was determined by measuring the size and number of rings that grow annually on the colony’s outer structure, along with the presence of giant redwood trees.
It stated that this discovery highlights the beauty of marine life on Al-Waqadi Island, west of the Red Sea Project, which will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map.
In mid-2017, the Kingdom announced the launch of a global tourism project in the last quarter of 2022 on the Red Sea
This project will be in cooperation with reputable international companies in the hotel sector
It aims to develop exceptional tourist resorts on more than 50 natural islands between the cities of Umluj and Al-Wajh.
The project comes among several initiatives taken by the Kingdom to diversify sources of income and reduce dependence on oil revenues within the framework of the Economic Vision 2030.