Jizan has grown from a rustic fishing town into one of Saudi Arabia's major shipping ports. In spite of this growth, it still retains it's old world coastal charm, with evocative forts, traditional boat-builders and souqs specializing in local pottery.
Jizan is the gateway to the Farasan Islands - an aquatic wildlife reserve of outstanding clarity and beauty. Ferries run from the fishing port and from the main harbor.
Jizan Province is located in the southwest of the Kingdom. There are more than 100 islands scattered along this section of coast, the most famous of which is an archipelago called Farasan Islands. The province also stretches inland through the rolling hills of the Tihama plain and into the foothills of the Asir Mountains. The province features a range of different landforms from coastal beaches to rolling, fertile hills, hot water springs and forests.
As the seaport gateway to the south of the Kingdom, Jizan Province has always been strategically important and is full of evidence of conquest and valor. Forts and watch towers are dotted all over the province, as well as examples of even earlier inhabitation with dozens of archaeological sites from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, and early Islamic periods to the present century.
The mineral rich province is a major source of saltpeter, cement and plaster ores. There are several factories that produce foodstuffs, building materials, chemicals, plastics, and metal works.
The fecund Tihama Plain and foothills of the Asir Mountains is also an important producer of grain, vegetables, fruit, dates, and fodder. Animal produce make Jizan an important source of milk and honey.
Faifa Mountains are the highest point in the province with Al-Abseyah being the highest town. Wadi Qa'a is a verdant oasis containing a perennial waterfall.
There are three hot spas in the province. Ain Harrah at Al Aridah and Ain Harrah at Harith, and a third hot spring in the Damad area which has medicinal quality water.