Saudi heritage village where history and diversity meet — 2,000 meters above sea level

The Habala Museum. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2018

Saudi heritage village where history and diversity meet — 2,000 meters above sea level

  • The museum was established in two phases and its contents were divided over two separate buildings to simulate what life was like in Asir centuries ago
  • This heritage village combines authenticity, history, civilization and entertainment so that families can find everything they need

Saudi Arabia’s unique ecological and climatic diversity houses many tourist attractions, among which is Habala village in Al-Wadiyayn area in Asir Province.
Habala is a small mountain village that occupies 65,000 square meters of land at 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooks Tihamah.
In this charming village, the Habala Museum was built to contain 400 historical artifacts that depict the heritage of Asir Province.
It also contains photographs of Saudi kings, educational documents, and old oil reports and documents issued by Saudi Aramco.

Arab tents
Al-Wadiyayn Municipality, headed by Ali Al-Massoud, divided the museum into two sections, one of which displays household and agricultural artifacts used in Asir a century ago, while the other displays Arab tents, organisms that were a source of food and trade for Asir’s inhabitants, animals used for transportation and the earliest cars used in the province more than 80 years ago.
The director of the heritage village, Abdullah bin Ahmad, said: “The museum was established in two phases and its contents were divided over two separate buildings to simulate what life was like in Asir centuries ago, inspire the young generations, capture the heritage of Asir, and portray how Saudi Arabia has developed significantly in various fields.”
He said that the municipality seeks to improve and develop the village’s facilities, including the heritage museum.
“This heritage village combines authenticity, history, civilization and entertainment so that families can find everything they need in this beautiful place with its charming climate,” he said.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.