Storm clouds and rain over Saudi Arabia’s Jazan, Taif and Al-Baha regions

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Rain prevails in Al-Baha region on March 16, 2018. (SPA)
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Dark clouds descend on Al-Baha region on March 16, 2018. (SPA)
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Dark clouds descend on Al-Baha region on March 16, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Storm clouds and rain over Saudi Arabia’s Jazan, Taif and Al-Baha regions

JAZAN: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection has announced that moderate to heavy rain in Jazan is expected for Friday.
Meanwhile, moderate rain fell on the province of Taif, including the city of Taif.
Al-Baha’s General Directorate of Civil Defense warned that low and medium-altitude clouds would form and that they would be accompanied by storm clouds, strong winds and a drop in temperature in the Al-Baha region. Citizens are advised to take the necessary precautions.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.