Camels and desert lovers flock to Um Ruqaibah

Updated 15 December 2012
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Camels and desert lovers flock to Um Ruqaibah

Um Ruqaibah: Nafud’s vast desert fields witnessed over the past two days heavy attendance by participants in the festival of King Abdulaziz Pageantry Award For Camels at its 13th session.
The attendance also included lovers of desert nature and photography who flocked in the early hours of the morning to Um Ruqaibah from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad to enjoy the atmosphere of the desert, and watch dozens of local species of camels.
Um Ruqaibah also witnessed the influx of thousands of interested visitors and observers of the festival of Um Ruqaibah for pageant camels, to watch the popular market of camels, cattle and heritage exhibits, as well as exhibits and handmade textiles offered by artisans in the market.
The crowds enhanced the pace of sale and purchase of camels at varying prices in the popular market.
Last week, the Pageantry parade of 2,016 yellow camels was held in the desert of Um Ruqaibah in front of the jury chaired by Prince Abdullah bin Saad bin Jalawi, the Chairman of the Festival’s Jury of King Abdulaziz Prize for pageant Camels.
--SPA


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.