Spring snowfall in Saudi Arabia delights residents

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Tabuk residents expressed their happiness with the weather. (SPA)
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Tabuk residents expressed their happiness with the weather. (SPA)
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Tabuk residents expressed their happiness with the weather. (SPA)
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The coastal city of Al-Haql experienced rain which turned to snow further inland near the mountains. (SPA)
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The coastal city of Al-Haql experienced rain which turned to snow further inland near the mountains. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2019

Spring snowfall in Saudi Arabia delights residents

  • Jabal Al-Lawz, near the Jordanian border, was covered in snow
  • The snowfall arrived on Sunday evening and continued into the night

RIYADH: Spring snowfall has swept in to the mountains of north-west Saudi Arabian, turning the area white and delighting residents.

Clouds began to form early Sunday over Jabal Al-Lawz in Tabuk Province and by sunset, snow, covered all the area turning the ground into a white blanket.

Visitors rushed early Monday to witness the weather conditions near the Jordanian border and at the site of the NEOM mega project. Many shared videos and photos of the rare weather conditions at the mountain.

Fahd Al-Belawi said he and his family are pleased with the snow, adding that they came early to the mountain to enjoy the weather, which he described as “one the best times in the year.”


Residents Nayef Al-Harby and Mohammad Al-Shammari said this was their first time to see the region covered in snow.

“This is the first time we have seen the top of Jabal Al-Lawz blanketed in white, we’ve been waiting for this during the past days so we can come to enjoy the weather,” they told SPA. 

One smiling young man posted a video of himself on Twitter in heavy falling snow. “I am neither in Moscow, nor am I in the Alaska. I am in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Weather reports said the temperature in the area dropped below 9C.

Climate researcher, Eid Al-Madhlaani, said it was highly unusual to see snow falling on the last day of March.

He warned people wanting to visit the area to be careful when driving on the slippery roads.

Security patrols, civil defense and ambulances were present in the area to ensure smooth traffic flow for the visitors.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah