Latest Saudi Season offers adrenaline-fueled activities

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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
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Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)
Updated 28 July 2019

Latest Saudi Season offers adrenaline-fueled activities

  • It will offer authentic cultural, adventurous outdoor experiences, says Al-Soudah Season CEO Al-Madani

RIYADH: An adrenaline-fueled program of activities centered in one of Saudi Arabia’s most naturally stunning regions has been revealed by tourism officials.

Adventure sports, wilderness experiences, music, cultural and arts events will be among the highlights of Al-Soudah Season which kicks off in Asir next month.

As part of the Kingdom’s 11 festival seasons aimed at boosting domestic and international tourism, Al-Soudah Season will seek to redefine the summer experience in the country by bringing together an array of exciting activities in an area known for its natural beauty, ranging from lush forests to breathtaking highlands.

Al-Soudah Season CEO, Husameddin Al-Madani, told Arab News: “It is unique by nature, offering authentic cultural, adventurous outdoor experiences in astonishing landscape and weather that contributes to the development of the Saudi tourism industry.”




Cultural dancers of Asir region. (Supplied photo)

He said the festival was an integral element of the Kingdom’s 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative to transform the country into one of the most important tourist destinations in the world and establish it as a major player in the entertainment, adventure and culture sectors.

Al-Madani added that in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, Al-Soudah Season would also help to create jobs for Saudi youth, further developing employment opportunities in the tourism sector.

 

Mountain slopes

For adrenaline junkies the region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, ziplines and slingshot rides, while the Spartan obstacle course challenge will launch the season’s series of races. Held in 40 countries annually, the Spartan Race tests participants of all levels on courses varying in distance and difficulty.

Al-Soudah Season transforms the quintessential summer experience, offering a must-attend set of events and activities in a unique natural setting, and plays a strong role in driving tourism to the region.

Noor Yamani, Al-Soudah Season’s head of communications and marketing

Noor Yamani, Al-Soudah Season’s head of communications and marketing, said: “Al-Soudah Season transforms the quintessential summer experience, offering a must-attend set of events and activities in a unique natural setting, and plays a strong role in driving tourism to the region.

“The program will also include quality new services in Al-Soudah parks, international luxury restaurants, and tours of the city and Abha.”

She added that the festival would include renowned cuisine from around the world, such as authentic Greek food from the Meraki restaurant.




Asir region’s mountain slopes will play host to activities such as bungee jumping, zip lines and sling shot rides. (Supplied photo)

The Flower Man Festival, which will take place during the season, will display the region’s subculture through arts and craft exhibitions, folklore events, and architectural light shows.

The season, set to run throughout August, will also feature various aeronautical and adventure sports activities, such as parachute jumping, in addition to art and entertainment events including performances from the likes of Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter Kadim Al-Sahir, and Emirati singer Ahlam Al-Shamsi.

 


Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

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Saudi envoy to UN affirms Kingdom’s support for regional peace, security

  • Israel and Iran are causing unrest in the Middle East, Al-Mouallimi asserts

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN has affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to international law and regional security, stability and peace.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said the entire world recognizes the imperative of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But, he added, Israel continues to procrastinate in implementing relevant UN resolutions, refrains from recognizing the national rights of the Palestinian people, and has continued its provocations, the latest of which was the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Eid Al-Adha, “an attack we condemn in the strongest terms.”

Al-Mouallimi urged the Security Council to reaffirm by all means the fundamental principles of international relations, and to reject occupation, violence, oppression, incitement and sedition by Israel and Iran, which he said are causing unrest in the Middle East.

He added that the Kingdom is always working to encourage development in the Middle East, and believes that comprehensive development in the region is the way to achieve stability, eliminate terrorism and alleviate conflicts.

“The Kingdom always seeks to extend cooperation and commitment to dialogue in order to solve problems through peaceful means, but at the same time stresses that the calls for dialogue should be consistent with the cessation of threats and interference in internal affairs and hostilities, such as attacks on diplomatic missions and attempts to assassinate diplomats, cyberattacks on infrastructure, propaganda campaigns, fueling strife and sectarianism, and supporting and sponsoring militias and terrorist organizations,” he said.

“Without a practical cessation of these practices, any call for dialogue is just a facade and a tool to achieve the goals of expansion and domination.”