“Paradise” in eastern Saudi Arabia… The blue of the sea embraces the green of the earth
Monday – 4 Dhul Qi’dah 1442 AH – 14 June 2021 AD Issue No. [
A boat sailing on Jannah Island, eastern Saudi Arabia
Dammam: Iman Al-Khattaf
Muhammad Al-Sofian, the official spokesman for the Eastern Province Municipality, explains that the Jubail Municipality has undertaken a project to transform the island into a tourist area by developing and linking it to the city of Jubail. He revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the project to complete the Jannah Island Bridge in Jubail was proposed, as part of the Roads Initiative projects, stating that it comes with a length of 1600 meters, to link Jannah Island with Jubail, in order to facilitate access to it.
On his part, Abdel Nasser Al-Hattlan, a certified tourist guide in Jubail, states that this island is also called Al-Amayer Island in relation to its residents, and there are more than 75 old houses, three mosques and a mosque, a palace for Sheikh Hamad bin Majdal, and a prayer hall for Eid. He added, “They owned more than 100 ships and boats for fishing, and the island was characterized by its moderate location and moderate climate, and it combined land in spring and sea in summer.”
In his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Hatlan indicated that Jannah Island is a crossing point for birds that come from the east.
Jannah Island is also characterized by an abundance of fresh water, according to the Hattlan, which can be accessed by digging wells.
Al-Hattlan continues, “The island has a lot of pottery and pottery, which dates back to the late Islamic periods, as the American researcher Grace Bruckholder said when she visited the island in 1984.”
Al-Hatlan confirms that the importance of the island is due to the following reasons: its average tourist location on the eastern coast, the abundance of fresh water that can be easily accessed, its proximity to the pearl banks, in addition to many sites and tourist landscapes, making it one of the most important tourist sites in the region.
On the island of Jannah, the Sheikh Hamad bin Majdal Mosque and Palace are located. Their construction dates back more than 200 years. Al-Hattlan discloses that the mosque was built in the first Saudi state, in the nature of Islamic architecture, through arches and a pulpit built of stones. As for the palace, it was built to protect the island in times of war, and it includes four military towers.