The Six: Where to find Winter Wonderland in the Middle East

Winter Wonderlands in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 January 2019
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The Six: Where to find Winter Wonderland in the Middle East

Snow? In the Middle East? Yes, it does happen! Here are six places where you can find snow in the region this winter.
Ifrane
Ifrane is a resort town in Morocco’s Middle Atlas area and it’s the perfect place to get in a spot of skiing or just visit to enjoy the chilly weather and beautiful scenery.

Uludağ
A mountain in the Bursa province of Turkey, Uludağ is home to a ski resort, a national park and a variety of hotels.

Jerusalem
You can expect to see a blanket of snow coating Jerusalem around this time of year, most notably and most beautifully surrounding the Dome of the Rock Mosque and Al-Aqsa.

Tabuk
The Saudi city of Tabuk has seen more and more snow with every passing year — though most likely and alarmingly due to climate change. But Saudis are still enjoying a taste of real winter.

Amman
Jordan’s capital has also seen an increase in the amount of snow over the years. Though there may be more ice than snow in some places, children have nonetheless enjoyed playing in it, and nights can drop below freezing up to February.

Damascus
The snow is falling hard and fast in Damascus this year. Syria’s war-torn capital continues to be ravaged but, despite the hardship, some young people have been taking comfort and joy from playing in the snow.

 


ThePlace: Fifa Mountains in Jazan

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Updated 15 February 2019
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ThePlace: Fifa Mountains in Jazan

The stunning mountains in Jazan remain one of Saudi Arabia’s most popular tourist attractions. Part of the Sarawat range, the dense forests that cover the jagged rock formations create a green blanket of natural beauty on the backbone of the Arabian Peninsula. The mountains are characterized by their towering peaks, terraces, and coffee and maize fields.