ThePlace: One of Saudi Arabia's highest peaks

Updated 16 October 2018

ThePlace: One of Saudi Arabia's highest peaks

  • Jabal Souda is part of a mountain range called the Sarawat Mountains, the largest in Saudi Arabia

Jabal Souda is one of the highest peaks in Saudi Arabia, and is located 25 kilometers from Abha city, Asir.
It is about 2,800 meters above sea level and is one of the most vegetated areas in the Kingdom.
Asir is located on a high plate and receives the most rainfall in the Kingdom. Jabal Souda’s weather temperature is the coolest in the Kingdom, and it is widely praised for displaying the most attractive and dramatic views.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the highlands of Asir have witnessed rain and moderate weather temperatures that have attracted large numbers of visitors from all over the Kingdom and beyond.
Roads leading to famous parks in the region, such as Al-Souda, Bani Mazen village, Al-Habala, Al-Faraa, and the provinces of Namas and Tanuma, have seen a large volume of tourist traffic.
The tourism services in Abha have proved useful to visitors. The cable car experience provides an opportunity for visitors to see the beauty of nature in Asir, which is highlighted during the summer season.
Abha attracts guests and visitors seeking the refreshing atmosphere and landscapes.
Jabal Souda is part of a mountain range called the Sarawat Mountains, the largest in Saudi Arabia.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.