The Six: Where to find Winter Wonderland in the Middle East

Winter Wonderlands in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 January 2019

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.

 


165,000 Saudi tourists visited Indonesia in 2018, says official

Indonesia has organized an event to promote its tourism in Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
Updated 19 November 2019

165,000 Saudi tourists visited Indonesia in 2018, says official

  • Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry has teamed up with its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia to promote the Southeast Asian country as a top international holiday destination.
A festival has been organized that highlights tourism, culture, fashion and cuisine. It ended on Nov. 19 in Jeddah, and is scheduled for Nov. 21-23 in Riyadh.
The aim is to increase the number of Saudi tourists to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million.
In 2018, more than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country, said R. Sigit Witjaksono, assistant deputy for regional marketing development in Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry.
The Jeddah event was inaugurated by Indonesian Consul General Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin on Nov. 14, in the presence of consuls general, Saudi dignitaries, businesspeople and journalists.
“We’re making a bigger push on innovative promotional breakthroughs … combining tourism fairs and cultural shows to attract more Saudi tourists to Indonesia and experience its rich culture and wonderful nature,” he said, adding that brotherly bilateral ties can be cemented through culture.

FASTFACTS

• Indonesia has launched a program to attract more Saudi tourists.

• It aims to increase the number of Saudis to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million.

• Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelagos.

“Mutual understanding of each other’s cultures makes the two nations better understand each other, which will … lead to a stronger relation,” he said.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.