Tourists throng to the Saudi Arabian city of Najran for bird’s eye views of the valley

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Panoramic views of the villages and their oases from the summit Raum mountain in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Panoramic views of the villages and their oases from the summit Raum mountain in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Panoramic views of the villages and their oases from the summit Raum mountain in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Panoramic views of the villages and their oases from the summit Raum mountain in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Panoramic views of the villages and their oases from the summit Raum mountain in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 01 September 2018
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Tourists throng to the Saudi Arabian city of Najran for bird’s eye views of the valley

JEDDAH: The Raum mountain, with an ancient fortress perched on top, is the latest in a series of major attractions drawing tourists to Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.
The 1,000-meter high geographical jewel provides a bird’s eye view of the city and houses a castle decorated with distinctive shapes and patterns to reflect the history of the region, its civilization and ancient architecture.
Below the castle are newly-constructed reservoirs to stock up water during the rainy season.
The fortress, which is also an archaeological site, is surrounded by a large external wall built of square stones and adorned with shielding balconies. It has five rooms, a roof made of palm wood and a winding staircase.
Mount Raum is located to the south of the Najran valley facing the Abu Hamdan mountain — the highest mountain in the region — and runs parallel to the Wadi Najran watercourse.
It holds strategic and historical significance attracting tourists and explorers looking to document the area overlooking the heritage villages of Al-Hudhun, Al Qabil, and Djerba.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.