ThePlace: Al-Qarah Mountain in Al-Ahsa

Al-Qarah Mountain. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 04 May 2019

ThePlace: Al-Qarah Mountain in Al-Ahsa

Al-Qarah Mountain located to the east of Al-Ahsa, is a major tourism attraction and natural and historical landmark in the Kingdom.

It covers an area of 1,400 hectares and consists of sedimentary rocks towering 70 meters high. Its caves have their own distinctive climate and the mountain is associated with Ras Al-Qarah — a rocky peak in the center of Al-Qarah town.

Al-Qarah Mountain, which is 210 meters above sea level and formed by limestone, draws visitors from Saudi Arabia, Gulf states and countries throughout the world. Temperatures inside the mountain are surprisingly low in summer and high in winter. This photo of Al-Qarah Mountain was taken by the Saudi photographer Wajdi Al-Mensari as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. 

Correction: A previous headline stated Al-Qarah Mountain is in Asir, it is not. It’s in Al-Ahsa.


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RIYADH: Finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies agreed on Sunday to continue monitoring the risk from the coronavirus outbreak and to adopt appropriate policies to limit the global economic impact, Saudi Arabia's finance minister said.
The two-day gathering in Riyadh was dominated by growing concern over the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with the International Monetary Fund predicting it would shave 0.1 percentage point off global growth. 
During the meeting, which also included central bank governors heads of international and regional organizations, under the Saudi G20 Presidency, was chaired by Saudi finance minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and the Saudi Central Bank
governor Ahmed Al-Kholifey.
They also discussed the global economic outlook and possible policy responses to support growth and safeguarding against downside risks, as well as the priorities of the Saudi G20 presidency, under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.” 
They also addressed the tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy, utilizing the benefit of technology for infrastructure, developing domestic capital markets, and framing supervisory and regulatory issues for the digital era.