ThePlace: Mount Athlab a key attractions in Saudi Arabia’s famed AlUla region

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Updated 05 October 2019

ThePlace: Mount Athlab a key attractions in Saudi Arabia’s famed AlUla region

  • Mada’in Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the area of AlUla

Mount Athlab, to the northeast of Mada’in Saleh, was an ancient center of the Thamud people who were thought to have settled there around 715 B.C.
Mount Athlab is now one of the main attractions in the AlUla region, in particular for the site at Mahareeb where intricate carvings of camels and caravans and examples of Thamudic script — an early Semitic language related to Arabic — can be found.
Mada’in Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the area of AlUla in the northwest of the Kingdom, some 400 km north of Madinah.
This photograph was taken by Ezabilla as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

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Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.