Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a Saudi Arabian shipping port in the city of Jeddah.
Located on the Red Sea, Jeddah is considered the economic and tourism capital of Saudi Arabia, and is the second largest city in the country.
Jeddah is a gateway to Islam’s holiest city of Mecca, and also to the holy city of Medina.
The seaport is located in the middle of a major shipping route. The large circles visible near the bottom of the image are oil storage tanks. Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter.
Coral reefs are visible off the coast of Jeddah, and a gap in the reef serves as a pathway for large vessels to move in and out of the port.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory