ThePlace: Tabuk Castle, a stopover of pilgrim caravans on their way to Makkah and Madinah

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Updated 25 July 2020

ThePlace: Tabuk Castle, a stopover of pilgrim caravans on their way to Makkah and Madinah

  • A small museum details the history of the castle and the wider city — from the great explorers who visited, such as Ibn Battuta

TABUK: Tabuk is one of the largest and most important cities in the Kingdom’s northern region, with a heritage dating back to the fifth century B.C.
There are spectacular fortresses all around Tabuk, but this imposing castle in the center of the city might be the oldest, with some experts claiming there was a fortress on the site as early as 3,500 B.C.
Inside its walls, two mosques are linked by courtyards, stairwells and watchtowers. A small museum details the history of the castle and the wider city — from the great explorers who visited, such as Ibn Battuta, to the caravan of pilgrims who would stop to drink from its wells on their way to Makkah and Madinah.
This photograph was taken by Dhafer Al-Shehri as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2020

OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

  • The attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday condemned a Houthi drone attack targeted toward Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-backed Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen intercepted and shot down a bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle launched by the Iranian-backed militia group on Thursday.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen called for the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement while condemning the Houthis’ continued use of Hodeidah governorate as a staging point for the launch of terrorist operations involving ballistic missiles and drones.

He said the attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, urged the international community to take a decisive stance against the Iranian regime which, he said, intentionally contravened UN Security Council resolutions by providing the Houthis with weapons and advanced military technology to target neighboring countries.