His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday, as part of his southern region tour, visited the Marine Science Station research centre in Aqaba.
King Abdullah toured the station’s aquarium, which is a key tourist attraction in Aqaba, as well as the seawater quality and sediment laboratory, the coral lab, and the biotechnology lab.
His Majesty was briefed on the Marine Science Station’s role in monitoring seawater quality on a monthly basis and ensuring the safety of marine life, in cooperation with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.
Maintaining marine life and preserving corals in the Gulf of Aqaba are among the station’s research priorities to sustain the marine ecosystem.
The station, founded in the mid-1970s and built over an area of 30 dunums, is owned by the University of Jordan and Yarmouk University and seeks to partner with international research institutions.
Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, and Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kemal Al Nasser accompanied the King on the visit.