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.

 


Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

A photo taken on January 4, 2019, shows a people visiting the Hejaz train station near Saudi Arabia's northwestern town of al-Ula, an Ottoman era railway. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

  • Mihraje lauded the Kingdom for its efforts in resolving regional issues and fighting terrorism

JEDDAH: A group of 100 young men and women from the historic Al-Ula region will be sent abroad to learn French in the hope of acquiring new skills for the tourism and hospitality sector, according to Mostafa Mihraje, French consul general in Jeddah.
The statement came during a meeting that included delegations from the consulate and the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
Hisham Kaaki, MCCI chairman, was also present at the meeting.
Mihraje lauded the Kingdom for its efforts in resolving regional issues and fighting terrorism.
“Relations between the two countries are going from strength to strength in the political, economic, trade and developmental spheres,” he said.
Mihraje called for bolstering cooperation with the MCCI by establishing a joint center with the consulate that would facilitate trade and visas.
“Up to 50,000 pilgrims come from France yearly,” he said. “The consulate issues about 62,000 visas every year.”
Kaaki said the chamber would ensure facilitating French language learning for anyone wishing to do so.”
“The Kingdom can benefit from France in the fields of tourism, transport, hospitality and training, especially since the country welcomes about 80 million tourists a year,” he said.
“Organizing the first exhibition for French catalogs in Makkah will shed light on investment opportunities. This would come at a time in which Makkah is witnessing major urban development, which can also provide ample opportunities between us.”