ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shuaiba coast

Al-Shuaiba is known for its natural beauty. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 26 April 2019

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shuaiba coast

  • Visitors choose Al-Shuaiba beach not just for its tranquility but also to dive on its magnificent coral reefs

JEDDAH: The pristine lagoon area of Al-Shuaiba in Makkah Province is one of the Kingdom’s main tourism sites.

Known for its natural beauty and small, lush islands, it is located 90 km from Makkah and 75 km from Jeddah on the Red Sea coast. 

Visitors choose Al-Shuaiba beach not just for its tranquility but also to dive on its magnificent coral reefs.

Al-Shuaiba was once the main port of Makkah before Jeddah became another important port for pilgrims. This photo of Al-Shuaiba coast was taken by Saudi photographer Mohammed Al-Thaqafi as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. •


Saudi women ‘are in no need of being rescued’

Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi women ‘are in no need of being rescued’

  • Few outside Kingdom understand the scale of female empowerment, top US diplomat tells Arab News

RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News.

“I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy and proud of the reforms,” said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“She made the excellent point that Saudi women have been strong, capable and educated for a long time.”

The woman told Ortagus that Saudi women wanted their peers in the US to understand them, not feel pity for them. “Saudi women are not in need of being rescued,” Ortagus said,

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Ortagus lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years after she was appointed deputy US Treasury attache in 2010, and has been revisiting for the first time since then.

“It doesn’t even seem like the same country,” she said. “I didn’t recognize it. I couldn’t believe that it was the same diplomatic quarter that I used to live in 10 years ago — it is totally transformed.”

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Washington would always welcome Saudi input on Middle East issues, she said. “We’d love the Kingdom’s help on things like the peace plan and vision that Jared Kushner has laid out. It may not be a perfect plan, but if we’re ever going to have peace in this region, it’s going to come from Saudi Arabia getting in and being involved.”