Jazan is a region steeped in rich culture and history, and it has always been a vital city throughout its lifespan. Whether for trade, farming, or solely for its strategic location, it provided exclusive access to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and served as a link between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
It's no wonder that pottery pieces were discovered in Sihi, a city located south of Jazan, dating back to the Bronze Age. Proving furthermore the role the region took part in the traveling route.
It is also believed that the Phoenician King Hiram conducted trade in the area during the 10th century BCE. Even the Romans utilized the Farasan Islands to secure their trade ships safe passage; their inscriptions remain to this day on a monument in the Al Kabir island.
Let's not forget the Ottomans who, during their conquests of the Arabian Peninsula in the 16th century, built two forts in Jazan. They still stand today and are considered historical sites for visitors who wish to visit.
Thankfully, Jazan has worked hard to preserve their history and heritage, offering several museums worthy of mention for anyone interested in further learning about the region’s past.