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Northern Saudi mountains estimated to be 37 million years old: Geologists
August 11, 2020

JEDDAH — Geological researchers from College of Marine Sciences at King Abdulaziz University (KAU as well as from the Fossil Department at the Saudi Geological Survey have carried out studies to determine the geological ages of mountain cliffs made of tender limestone in the northern part of the Kingdom, and these studies came to the conclusion that these mountains are estimated to be around 37 million-year-old.

The marine calcareous coccoliths"...

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Akiba Cafe: Your manga escape in Saudi Arabia
August 10, 2020

JEDDAH: Japanese comic books, known as manga, have captured the hearts of some Saudis so much that a 31-year-old citizen decided to give the genre’s fans a specialist Jeddah cafe so that they can pursue their passion as well as meet others who share it.

Akiba Cafe is the brainchild of Mohammed Saeed Baghlaf, an urban planning engineer who spent over a year living in Japan after graduating"...

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RCU unveils Ashar Resort expansion
August 10, 2020

ALULA — The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has announced a partnership agreement with Accor as part of its strategy to develop AlUla as a tourism destination for nature, culture and heritage.

The agreement will see Accor operate an expanded Ashar Resort under the Banyan Tree brand. There will be 47 new units added, which will bring the resort’s total number up to 82 high-end villas, along with a luxury spa and several gourmet restaurants....

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Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister reviews ‘Sama Abha’ project
August 9, 2020

ABHA: Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib on Saturday reviewed the “Sama Abha” project. He was briefed about the tourist and investment components of the project located north of Abha.
The project, which costs more than SR12 million, is part of the initiatives to improve the urban landscape of the Asir region.
With other government officials, the minister then visited the historical Shamsan Castle. It is a large rectangular building with"...

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Riyadh Travel Fair put off to March 2021
August 6, 2020

Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 has been postponed for the second time in 2020 due to the Covid–19 pandemic.

The decision was made in the interest of public health and safety by officials at ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company, the company responsible for organising the annual travel fair.

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Farasan Islands set to find a place on UNESCO’s MAB List
August 4, 2020

JAZAN — Farasan, an archipelago comprising more than 200 islands, is located in the Red Sea, some 40 km offshore from the southern region of Jazan, in the far southwestern part of Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom.

It is a cultural and tourist treasure consisting of virgin islands with unspoiled beaches, serene blue waters, and rich marine fauna in a strategic location near the Bab Al-Mandab Strait."...

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Saudi village is a treasure hidden above the clouds
August 3, 2020

ABHA: Saudi Arabia’s southern Al-Souda mountains harbor one of the Kingdom’s most prized hidden treasures.
At 3,000 meters above sea level, a hidden village above the clouds gives spectacular views on the world below. The village of Al-Souda offers panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding paradise on Earth consisting of mountains covered in sheets of greenery, dense forests, peaks and valleys.
Located 25 km from Abha city, the region"...

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Ibiza: Between economic distress and unprecedented calm
August 3, 2020

IBIZA TOWN, SPAIN: On the largely empty beach at Figueretas on Ibiza, social distancing isn’t hard to do. Here, bar terraces are sparsely populated and the shutters of apartments overlooking them are mostly closed.
With Spanish health authorities struggling to contain rising coronavirus infections, this island fears its tourist season may have been dealt a final blow following Britain’s decision to quarantine all arrivals from Spain.
But both"...

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The journey begins: 1,000 pilgrims arrive in Mina for first day of Hajj
July 29, 2020

JEDDAH: About 1,000 pilgrims converge on the Mina Valley outside Makkah on Wednesday to begin their spiritual journey
of a lifetime.
The Day of Tarwiyah (fetching water) marks the beginning of Hajj. There are no major rituals, so the pilgrims will spend their time praying and reflecting until sunrise on Thursday.
Mina, 7 km northeast of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and within its boundaries, would normally be the site of the world’s largest"...

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Cruise ships on course for Red Sea tourist treasure
July 29, 2020

JEDDAH: Cruise ships were launched in the Red Sea as part of the “Break Free” domestic tourism campaign being held from June 25 to Sept. 30, and covering 10 tourist destinations around Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) launched the initiative as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to highlight the Red Sea’s tourist treasures.
Cruise ships will offer an array of options and packages.
Stringent protocols to safeguard"...

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