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The Red Sea

The Red Sea Fact

Length: 1900 km
Maximum Width: 306 – 354 km – Massawa (Eriteria)
Minimum Width: 26 – 29 km -Strait Bab al Mandeb (Yemen)
Average Width: 280 km
Average Depth: 490 m
Maximum Depth: 2850 m
Total surface Area: 438 x 103- 450 x 103 km2
Volume: 215 x 103 –251 x 103 km3
Gulf of Suez is a 300 km long, 50 km wide with depths ranging between 50 and 75 m.
Gulf of Aqaba is 180 km long and 25 km wide, narrow in the north and widening to the south with maximum depths of 1850 meters.

Approximately 40 % of the Red Sea is quite shallow (less than 100 m) whereas about 25 % of the Red Sea is less than 50 m deep. About 15 % of the Red Sea is over 1000 m depth. Shelf breaks are marked by coral reefs and the continental slope has an irregular profile (series of steps down to 500 m)

In 1869, the completion of the Suez Canal by a French company linked Egypt's Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts and made the country a strategic crossroads. British troops occupied the county in 1882, and it was more or less a British colony until resuming its independence in 1922.


Fakieh aquarium has recently become home to Augmented Reality experience, allowing visitors to meet some amazing aquatic creatures such as seals and penguins in an immersive 3D environment. Augmented Reality encounter also serves as a next-generation edutainment platform that lets people learn, explore and touch the untouchable.

Come and visit our Penguins at Fakieh Aquarium

Penguins are one of the most beautiful creates on earth, they can swim up to a speed of 36 km/h and can hold their breath up to 20 minutes. The life expectancy of a penguin is up to 20 years.

Penguins are fond of squid, fish, crabs and krill, they love krill and eat an average of 800 grams of krill per day.

A flightless bird, while other birds have wings for fly, penguins have adapted flippers to help them swim in the water.


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