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.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

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Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.