ThePlace: Shada Mountain, a touristic gem in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha region

Saudi Arabia and its leadership are keen to promote Saudi heritage sites as part of Vision 2030. (SPA)
Updated 01 December 2018
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ThePlace: Shada Mountain, a touristic gem in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha region

  • The nearby town of Makhwah is the place where most of Kingdom’s coffee beans are grown

Shada Mountain Al-Baha, a town 800 kilometers from Riyadh, seems like a secret civilization, thanks to its beautiful scenery and stunning architecture that looks like all the buildings have been carved out of mountains.
The region is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the Kingdom, and perhaps in the Middle East, due to its unique geological formation.
The greatest historic treasures are concealed in the dense, green Shada Mountain, where there are caves containing engraved drawings and inscriptions dating back almost 3,000 years, including pictures of extinct animals. The area includes two mountains, Shada Al-Asfal (Lower Shada) and Shada Al-Ala (Higher Shada), which rise to a height of 1,700 meters above the sea level and provide some beautiful scenery.
Due to weather conditions in the region, the local rocks offer unique scenery, as many of them resemble the forms of different animals.
Saudi Arabia and its leadership are keen to promote Saudi heritage sites as part of Vision 2030.
The mountains are becoming increasingly popular with climbers and hikers, who in the past few years have been coming from all over the Kingdom. The rich history of the area and its caves also makes it the perfect destination for students and the “scientific tourism” sector.
Coffee lovers, meanwhile, will be interested to hear that the nearby town of Makhwah is the place where most of Kingdom’s coffee beans are grown.
With beautiful scenery that looks like it is straight out of a painting, the rich history of the caves and weather that can be enjoyed all year round, the mountains and the surrounding area are the perfect place to relax, meditate and enjoy a break from the daily routine.
 


EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

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EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

 

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”