ThePlace: Al-Ahsa, the verdant land of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

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Updated 16 May 2020

ThePlace: Al-Ahsa, the verdant land of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

  • Al-Ahsa historical sites dating back as far as the Neolithic era (between 6,500 and 12,000 years ago)

The verdant, UNESCO-listed lands of Al-Ahsa are home to a natural oasis that is one of the largest in the world.
The area is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. In addition, amid the date palm groves, farmland and natural springs, visitors can also find historical sites dating back as far as the Neolithic era (between 6,500 and 12,000 years ago).
If you thought Saudi Arabia was all desert, a visit to this incredible place will soon dispel that notion. This photograph was taken by Craig as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

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Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on winning the presidential election in Burundi.

The king and crown prince wished Ndayishimiye success and the people of Burundi further progress and prosperity. 

Ndayishimiye, who was the ruling party’s candidate, was on Monday declared victorious after winning 68.72 percent of the vote.

Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa received 24.19 percent.

Ndayishimiye, 52, is a former army general and will replace President Pierre Nkurunziza.