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WATCH: The tallest camel in the world at the Saudi Camel Festival

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

King Abdulaziz Camel Festival has been distinguished this year for the presence of the tallest camel in the world which will hopefully make it into the Guinness World Records. Fares al-Dalbji, a supervisor at the festival, said the camel whose height is three meters breaks the previous record of the tallest camel which is 190 centimeters. The eight-year-old yellow camel belongs to Sultan al-Rashidi from Ha’il, Dalbji said, adding that he has two other camels from the same breed but they ...

VIDEO: Olive Festival in Saudi Arabia’s al-Jawf records $2.9 mln in sales

Monday, 22 January 2018

The annual Olive Festival held in al-Jawf province concluded its 11th session, which lasted ten days and recorded nearly $2.0 mln (SAR 11 mln) worth of sales and at least 152,000 visitors who came from across the kingdom and abroad to attend. Most of the sales were for purchasing olive oil, olives and olive products. Farmers were able also to make deals and market part of their future production due to the increasing demand for olive oil. Al Arabiya’s Jazaa al-Nmasi reports from al-Jawf.

Thousands of camels on display in Saudi Arabia in world’s biggest camel festival

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Riyadh will enter its crucial stages next week as the competition in the beauty and speed categories intensifies and contestants seek to win prizes reaching millions of dollars. The town of Ramah, about 120 kilometers away from the capital, hosts the second edition of the world’s largest camel festival. According to the organizers, the festival is held on 30 million square meters in the middle of the desert. The location holds an important historical ...

PHOTOS: Wadi al-Bardani, Saudi Arabia’s most beautiful valley

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wadi al-Bardani is one of Saudi Arabia’s most beautiful valleys given its green landscape and flowing water. The valley, which is located in south Bareq and north of Muhayil Asir, is distinguished for its river which flows all year round from the town of Al-Mashbah and other areas in Asir and flows into Wadi Baqrah. The two towns Bin Otyafa and al-Asrat are located around the valley. In addition to the river, the valley is also famous for green land and mountainous formations. It is ...

Is this the lowest recorded temperature this year?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Russian amateur meteorologist’s roaming commentary on plummeting temperatures has elicited widespread interest as well as raised doubts on social media. Kirill Bakanov posts on twitter every few days with screenshots of the temperature record and showing the coldest days that he comes across.   On his twitter handle @weathersarov one can see  LED screens showing the temperature records from different countries around the world. Between the months of November 2017 and January ...

Egypt tourism revenues jump 123.5 pct to $7.6 bln in 2017

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 123.5 percent year-on-year to $7.6 billion in 2017, a government official said. The number of tourists who visited Egypt in that time jumped 54 percent to 8.3 million, the official who preferred to remain anonymous added. The tourism sector is one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency but it has struggled since a 2011 uprising that led the then president to step down. The number is still well below the 14.7 million ...

Spain surpasses US as tourism destination in 2017

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Spain last year surpassed the United States to become the world’s second most visited country after France, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said during a visit to Italy.Rajoy, speaking late Wednesday, said 82 million people visited in 2017, a nine percent increase over the previous year that came despite terror attacks and the political crisis in tourism magnet Catalonia.Tourism earnings rose 12 percent, totaling $104 billion, he said in Rome on the sidelines of a southern European ...

VIDEO: Self-driving suitcase that helps travelers with weighty problem

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Self-driving cars may take a while to arrive, but the self-driving suitcase is here now. Some of the technologies used in autonomous cars have been adapted in products unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to help travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage. The “robot suitcase” from California-based startup Travelmate can be controlled with a smartphone app and can roll alongside its owner at speeds up to 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) per hour, ...

PHOTOS: A volcanic mountain in the middle of Red Sea in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 8 January 2018

An island alongide an island in the middle of the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian side exists within the blue waves of the ocean right across from al-Qahmah beach in the Asir region, southwest of Saudi Arabia. The island is visited by many tourists who have to take a boat to reach it. It is also considered a volcanic mountainous island which is covered in sand and rocks with little greenery, and a 360-degree view of the ocean. The island attracts hunting enthusiasts, who hunt birds including ...

PHOTOS: Snow covers Jabal al-Lawz in northwest Saudi Arabia

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Photos of Jabal al-Lawz, in Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia, covered in snow were widely shared by Saudis on social media. Snow covers Jabal al-Lawz every year as temperatures drop. However, it does not last for a long time as it melts after two or three days. Other areas where snowfall occurs  are northern areas in Arar, Jalamid and Turaif.

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