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.
 


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.