The Farasan Islands (Arabic: جزر فرسان; transliterated: Juzur Farasān) are a large coral-island group in the Red Sea, belonging to Saudi Arabia. The islands are located some 40 km offshore from Jizan, in the far southwestern part of the country, at Coordinates: . The largest island of the archipelago is Farasan Island; others include Sajid Island and Zufaf Island.
The "Farasan island marine sanctuary" is a protected area and were home to the extinct Arabian gazelle and, in winter, migratory birds from Europe. Oceanic animals include mantas, whale sharks, several species sea turtles including endangered and critically endangered green and hawksbill, dugongs, and several species of dolphins and whales with occasional visits by others such as orcas.
In the 1st Century AD, the islands were known as Portus Ferresanus. A Latin inscription dating from 144 CE has been found on the island which attests to the construction of a Roman garrison. It is believed that the islands may have been attached to the province of Arabia Felix, before being transferred to Aegyptus some time before 144 CE. 
In 1919, the French discovered petroleum on the islands. For 75 years the Red Sea Oilfields Company maintained a refinery on the islands. As of 1920, the Farasan Islands supported a small fishing industry.
Tourism and fishing also play a role in the economy. Farasan Island is connected to Jezan port by ferry.
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