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.
 


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.