ThePlace: Al-Qarah Mountain in Al-Ahsa

Al-Qarah Mountain. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 04 May 2019

ThePlace: Al-Qarah Mountain in Al-Ahsa

Al-Qarah Mountain located to the east of Al-Ahsa, is a major tourism attraction and natural and historical landmark in the Kingdom.

It covers an area of 1,400 hectares and consists of sedimentary rocks towering 70 meters high. Its caves have their own distinctive climate and the mountain is associated with Ras Al-Qarah — a rocky peak in the center of Al-Qarah town.

Al-Qarah Mountain, which is 210 meters above sea level and formed by limestone, draws visitors from Saudi Arabia, Gulf states and countries throughout the world. Temperatures inside the mountain are surprisingly low in summer and high in winter. This photo of Al-Qarah Mountain was taken by the Saudi photographer Wajdi Al-Mensari as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. 

Correction: A previous headline stated Al-Qarah Mountain is in Asir, it is not. It’s in Al-Ahsa.

Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.