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.


Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

Updated 20 September 2020

Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 310,439
  • The total number of deaths has increased to 4,485

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 483 new cases of the coronavirus, the first time the number has been below the 500 mark since mid-April.
Of the new cases, 64 were recorded in Jeddah, 42 in Makkah, 30 in Riyadh, 23 in Madinah and 17 in Dammam.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 310,439 after 1,009 more patients recovered from the virus.
The total number of deaths in the Kingdom increased to 4,485 after 27 more people succumbed to the virus.