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.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.