Saudi king, crown prince extend felicitations to Denmark’s new king

Saudi king, crown prince extend felicitations to Denmark’s new king
King Salman, right, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA photo)
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Updated 15 January 2024
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Saudi king, crown prince extend felicitations to Denmark’s new king

Saudi king, crown prince extend felicitations to Denmark’s new king

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday congratulated King Frederik X of Denmark on his accession to the throne.

In separate cables, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed wished the new monarch “success” and expressed hopes “for continued progress and prosperity for the Kingdom of Denmark.”

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen proclaimed Frederik X as king on Sunday after his mother, Queen Margrethe II, formally signed her abdication.

The 83-year-old Margrethe is the first Danish monarch to voluntarily relinquish the throne in nearly 900 years.

As Margrethe keeps her title and Frederik’s wife becomes Queen Mary, Denmark now has two queens, the Associated Press reported. Frederik and Mary’s eldest son Christian, 18, has become crown prince and heir to the throne.

Massive crowds turned out to rejoice in the throne passing from mother to her popular son. Among those in the crowd were Australians, who came to celebrate one of their own becoming queen.

Denmark’s monarchy traces its origins to 10th-century Viking king Gorm the Old, making it the oldest in Europe and one of the oldest in the world, reports said.


Discovering hidden gems: motorcycle adventures in Saudi Arabia

Discovering hidden gems: motorcycle adventures in Saudi Arabia
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Discovering hidden gems: motorcycle adventures in Saudi Arabia

Discovering hidden gems: motorcycle adventures in Saudi Arabia
  • Baha Riders are committed to presenting the beauty of Baha while in the saddle

RIYADH: The Baha Riders motorcycle club offers tourists a unique perspective of Baha city by turning their passion into a profitable business.  

A group of professional motorcyclists from the city, the Baha Riders are committed to presenting the beauty of Baha whilst in the saddle.

Established in 2013 by Saleh Al-Ghamdi, the Baha Riders have 74 members and are approved by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation. (Supplied)

Baha is a raw and organic region, according to Shaiq bin Ali, a spokeswoman for the Baha Riders, “where most of the area has remained unchanged for decades, making it an excellent destination for travelers to witness the beauty of unspoiled nature.”

Situated in the Sarawat Mountains of southwest Saudi Arabia, Baha is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom, with a nice climate and bountiful woodlands all around it.

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• Baha is a raw and organic region, according to Shaiq bin Ali, a spokeswoman for the Baha Riders, ‘where most of the area has remained unchanged for decades, making it an excellent destination for travelers to witness the beauty of unspoiled nature.’

• Situated in the Sarawat Mountains of southwest Saudi Arabia, Baha is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom, with a nice climate and bountiful woodlands all around it. 

• Baha Riders made the decision to transition from being merely motorcycle enthusiasts to turning their pastime into a business by working with the Hyyak platform to market the opportunity for individuals to visit Baha while riding a motorbike.

Baha Riders made the decision to transition from being merely motorcycle enthusiasts to turning their pastime into a business by working with the Hyyak platform to market the opportunity for individuals to visit Baha while riding a motorbike.

Established in 2013 by Saleh Al-Ghamdi, the Baha Riders have 74 members and are approved by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation. (Supplied)

“Many tourists purchase the experience of riding a motorcycle because it is a liberating and freeing experience,” Bin Ali told Arab News.

Established in 2013 by Saleh Al-Ghamdi, the Baha Riders have 74 members and are approved by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.

“Many tourists purchase the experience of riding a motorcycle because it is a liberating and freeing experience”

Shaiq bin Ali, spokeswoman for the Baha Riders

The group has accomplished a great deal since its founding and taken part in a range of activities. For example, the team competes in official local events, national and local contests, religious festivals, regional and national competitions, and other official local events.  

Members include medical professionals, engineers, students, retirees, and a wide range of enthusiasts.  

Established in 2013 by Saleh Al-Ghamdi, the Baha Riders have 74 members and are approved by the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation. (Supplied)

They have also competed internationally; the most recent was in 2023, when the team went to India’s Himalayan region and reached the world’s highest mountain, Everest.

The last foreign trip was an 8,000 km rotation through Jordan, Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf countries.   

“In the last four years, the team has officially and annually organized an event in which it brings together riders from the Arab world in the Baha region. This gathering aims to highlight the Baha region in terms of its historical, archaeological and tourist attractions. This is a belief on the part of the team in its societal role in highlighting Baha and attracting tourists,” Bin Ali said.  

“(Motorcycling) has a great, unique feel because there is no roof over your head, no windows that obstruct the view, and you can enjoy a 180-degree surrounding.”

Bin Ali said that life is only meant to be experienced once and encouraged everyone to do so by taking precautions, donning protective gear, and riding the appropriate bike with the appropriate person. He also noted that although motorcycle culture is relatively new to the community and may still be perceived negatively, it is a unique, enjoyable, and lightweight mode of transportation.

He also stated that the goal of Vision 2030 included focusing on individual sports, observing what benefits young Saudis, and what channels their enthusiasm towards beneficial endeavors.

 

 


Families enjoy Eid activities across Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country.
In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country.
Updated 12 April 2024
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Families enjoy Eid activities across Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country.
  • Cities serve up range of entertainment treats for visitors, locals
  • ‘Eid in Saudi Arabia is a truly magical time,’ Jeddah resident says

JEDDAH: Local people and visitors have been embracing the festive spirit of Eid at joyous celebrations across the Kingdom.

In Jeddah, the illuminated corniche is playing host to a plethora of activities for all ages, from leisurely strolls to indulging in street food and traditional games.

The historic district of Al-Balad offers a glimpse into the city’s rich past with charming souqs and landmarks waiting to be explored. Adventurers can find thrills at Mega Paintball at Serafi Mega Mall, while there are dozens of activities on offer at Boost Entertainment Center.

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country. (SPA)

There is more fun to be had at Jeddah Promenade throughout the Eid festival, with concerts and shows, activities and lots of places to eat and drink.

“Eid in Saudi Arabia is a truly magical time, where families come together to celebrate amidst the vibrant culture and rich heritage,” local man Mohammed Abdulraheem said.

“The diverse array of entertainment options during Eid showcases the spirit of unity and joy that defines this special occasion.

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country. (SPA)

“One of the standout aspects of Eid in Saudi Arabia is the lavish feasts and especially the gatherings that bring us all together. Whether we’re visiting resorts or enjoying the beach, we make sure to create lasting memories with our loved ones,” he said.

“It’s a time to strengthen familial bonds and partake in the vibrant entertainment activities that make this holiday so memorable.”

In Riyadh, the Riyadh Season festival has elevated the Eid festivities and turned the city into an entertainment hub. One of the hot spots is Diriyah, where a host of concerts, live performances and dining options are on offer.

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country. (SPA)

Riyadh Zoo in Al-Malaz, with its 1,500 animals from around the world, is another popular attraction, as too are the House of Hype — where virtual reality meets real life — and Snow City, where the entertainment is always cool.

At the Big Fun Museum visitors can see mind-bending illusions and enchanting landscapes during an unforgettable experience.

Visitor Hammad Farooq said: “I enjoy coming to Riyadh from Qassim to spend time with my family and experience various forms of entertainment.

In Saudi Arabia, Eid is a truly magical time, when families come together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the country. (SPA)

“Whether it’s exploring the traditional markets or visiting the modern amusement parks, Eid celebrations in Riyadh offer a perfect mix of joy and fun.

“Even spending time in the parks with my kids is always a memorable experience.”

Elsewhere in the country there is a five-day Eid celebration now underway at Al-Muftaha Heritage Village in Abha, where visitors can enjoy a host of engaging activities and musical shows, while in Dammam, families can savor the simple pleasure of getting together on the city’s waterfront and taking in the activities on offer on the corniche.

At the Dhahran Expo Center visitors can enjoy a range of shows featuring popular singers and performers.

 


Saudi Arabia’s Umluj Beach makes list of top 100 beaches worldwide

Saudi Arabia’s Umluj Beach makes list of top 100 beaches worldwide
Updated 12 April 2024
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Saudi Arabia’s Umluj Beach makes list of top 100 beaches worldwide

Saudi Arabia’s Umluj Beach makes list of top 100 beaches worldwide
  • Spot is an archipelago on the Red Sea coast in Tabuk Province
  • Beaches in the UAE, Egypt and Qatar also made the top 100 list

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Umluj Beach has been ranked among the top 100 beaches in the world in the Golden Beach Awards 2024.

BeachAtlas, a London-based startup, used an algorithm to shortlist 100 beaches according to six criteria. The locations were then put to a vote by a panel of travel experts and influencers who provided their personal insights to refine and help rank the list.

Located on the Red Sea coast in the northwest region of Tabuk Province, Umluj consists of 104 islands, forming an archipelago, and is one of the programs of the Red Sea Project — a megaproject that forms part of Saudi Vision 2030.

Placed at No. 41, BeachAtlas said Umluj Beach “is often compared to the Maldives for its serene, beautiful beaches lined with white sand and soothing palm trees.

Located on the Red Sea coast in the northwest region of Tabuk Province, Umluj consists of 104 islands. (BeachAtlas)

It added: “This spot offers a perfect retreat for those looking to unwind beside the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.”

The criteria for the list included classic beauty; diversity, equity and inclusion; party and lifestyle; sense of community; natural diversity; and cultural significance.

BeachAtlas said: “Ideal for both relaxation seekers and nature enthusiasts, Umluj Beach draws visitors with its postcard-like scenery, making it a favorite among both locals and tourists.

“The vibrant marine life is easily visible in the transparent waters, adding to the allure of this picturesque destination.”

Famous for its serene landscape, white sandy beaches and pristine turquoise waters, Umluj has been described as the Saudi Arabian Maldives. (SPA)

The UAE’s JBR Beach in Dubai, which “blends city vibes with beach relaxation,” made the top 10, coming in at No. 8.

“With golden sands and clear waters, it offers water sports, camel rides and more,” said BeachAtlas.

It added: “The Walk, its lively promenade, features shops, eateries, and street entertainment. It’s a perfect spot for those who love the beach but want the thrill of city life too. A must-visit in Dubai for fun and sun.”

Sharm El-Sheikh, located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, ranked No. 69 for being a “diver’s paradise and a sun seeker’s sanctuary.”

BeachAtlas added: “Renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and a diverse underwater ecosystem, this resort town is a gateway to exploring the Red Sea’s marine wonders.”

Qatar’s Inland Sea Beach ranked 89 on the list, its location between desert dunes and ocean waves creating “a remarkable ecosystem.”

BeachAtlas said the location provides “a peek into the past, rich with fossils along its shores.”

It added: “It also holds tales of 19th-century Abu Dhabi pirates, adding a layer of historical intrigue,” while blending “natural beauty and storied history.”


Taif becoming a major tourist attraction in the Kingdom

Taif becoming a major tourist attraction in the Kingdom
Updated 12 April 2024
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Taif becoming a major tourist attraction in the Kingdom

Taif becoming a major tourist attraction in the Kingdom
  • This top-notch summer destination is characterized by a variety of geographical details and shapes
  • Taif’s diversity is supported by other attractive factors that suit the local inhabitants’ tastes

TAIF: Taif is fast becoming a major tourist hub in the Kingdom, with visitors arriving from around the world, including the Gulf, to enjoy its pristine environment and natural attractions during holiday celebrations.
The heavily forested region is home to spacious valleys and ample water courses. For the holidays, Taif hosted families who exchanged gifts and good wishes, while enjoying the tranquility, rural landscapes and fresh air, SPA reports.
This top-notch summer destination is characterized by a variety of geographical details and shapes, a unique diversity that will remain rooted in the memory of youngsters and their parents.
Taif’s diversity is supported by other attractive factors that suit the local inhabitants’ tastes. In fact, rich and vast places are at the disposal of inhabitants and their children to discharge their energy and feed their passion need to explore and go on adventures, as well as to encourage them to be more active and physically healthy.
Taif has been characterized by its heritage and fresh air that visitors seek to recharge their spirit. The city holds latent aesthetic aspects at the natural level, as well as at the level of unique architectural heritage in terms of tourism. This heritage was created by the contemporary development and renaissance generations and takes visitors back in time to their ancestors’ achievements and heritage, while narrating the story of changes that occurred between Taif yesterday and Taif today.


45th Saudi relief plane for Gazans arrives in Egypt

45th Saudi relief plane for Gazans arrives in Egypt
Updated 12 April 2024
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45th Saudi relief plane for Gazans arrives in Egypt

45th Saudi relief plane for Gazans arrives in Egypt
  • The assistance is part of the Kingdom’s historic role of supporting Palestinian people in times of crisis

AL-ARISH: The 45th Saudi relief plane, operated by the aid agency KSrelief in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived on Friday in Egypt carrying food and shelter items to be transported to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The assistance is part of the Kingdom’s historic role of supporting Palestinian people in times of crisis.
Meanwhile, waterborne diseases are spreading in Gaza due to a lack of clean water and rising temperatures, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza said on Friday.
Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and hepatitis A, according to the World Health Organization.
Since mid-October, following the assault on Gaza in response to deadly attacks in southern Israel by Hamas, WHO has recorded more than 345,000 cases of diarrhea, including more than 105,000 in children under 5.