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Mecca hotels fully booked for last 10 days of Ramadan

Monday, 21 May 2018

Hotels in the central area around the Grand Mosque in Mecca are fully booked for the last 10 days of Ramadan, according to industry sources.Out of 162,000 rooms in hotels in the central area, 155,000 have been booked with advance payment, the sources said.Riza Shalabi, director of reservations and marketing in a central area hotel, said that all 810 rooms in his hotels are fully booked.He said the rate per room for the first 10 days of the fasting month was between SR1,950-SR2,500 including the ...

Al-Ula Treasures: Al-Khoraiba a reflection of the ancient Dadanian Kingdom

Monday, 21 May 2018

The sites around al-Khoraiba have witnessed civilizations after another in the historic region of Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula.Al-Khoraiba site is part of the ruins of the ancient city of Dadan, which was Dadanian Kingdom’s metropolis. It is followed by Lehyan. The two are ancient Arabian kingdoms.Dadanian Kingdom’s influence had emerged in the seventh century BC, dominating several neighboring regions, while Lehyan Kingdom influence had extended from the sixth century BC until the ...

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Monday, 21 May 2018

Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The guides intersperse personal stories with historic content as they lead groups through the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s new galleries that tell tales going back 10,000 years. “People really have trouble understanding and connecting with objects from the ...

Al-Ula Treasures: How the site of Mada’in Saleh paved the historic Incense Route

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mada’in Saleh, also called “Al-Hijr” or “Hegra”, was the first Saudi site listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its huge historical significance.Mentioned in the Holy Quran, many religions and peoples coexisted in its land for peoples of civilizations throughout history.The area of Mada’in Saleh stretches about sixty hectares, and what is known on the surface is only a fraction of the treasures buried under the land. These immortal features made by ...

As price comes down, risk goes up for Everest 'trophy hunters'

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Everest is the ultimate mountaineering "trophy", but the rising number of inexperienced climbers attempting to tackle the summit are running huge risks to reach the top of the world. An Indian airline pilot, a builder from Ohio and a former online media sales executive are all waiting at base camp for a chance to scale the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain this climbing season. They haul themselves up the same ropes to the top and face the same dangers of frostbite, avalanche and ...

India’s high-tech, eco-friendly zoo opens at ‘night’, is a huge draw

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Animal parks are a dime a dozen in India but a new-fangled nocturnal zoo has turned out to be a big draw with visitors making a night of it in the man-made jungle in the marvelous menagerie. Located in Mughal-built Ahmedabad, the country’s first world heritage city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the 9,000-square-metre zoological garden bordering a vast, polygonal lake has two thrilling caves with some 20 gigantic glass enclosures housing scores of wild, night-prowling animals, ...

Aramco launches initiative to plant one million trees in Saudi Arabia by 2025

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

In an ongoing effort toward nurturing Saudi Arabia’s biodiversity in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Aramco us launching an ambitious environmental initiative to plant one million trees throughout the Kingdom by 2025.The project launch was highlighted by the inauguration of the 500,000-square meter Aramco Eco-Park by the Governor of the Eastern Province Prince Saud bin Nayef al-Saud.It is anticipated that the establishment of the eco-park will make a significant contribution to the ...

Why Berlin risks being a capital city without an airport

Monday, 9 April 2018

Berlin risks becoming a capital without an airport if its long-delayed new flight hub fails to open on schedule, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer warned. The saga of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport has become a running joke for Berliners since 2012, when it missed the first of many completion deadlines, and an emblem of Europe's richest country's struggle to deliver major infrastructure projects on time. “If nothing happens then there is a danger that at the end of 2019 Berlin won’t ...

Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter: Beauty and wealth of world’s largest sand desert

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Rub' al-Khali desert, also known as the Empty Quarter, is the world’s largest sand desert. It is the world's largest area of continuous sand, covering about a quarter of the Kingdom's land surface. The basin lying mainly in southeastern Saudi Arabia is where the wind plays a major role in forming and shaping its sand. Its sandy elevations could match the mountains in their high altitude, some of which may reach more than 450 meters. ‘One who can exit it, must be ...

Snake slayer: Egyptian man specialized in desert survival opens academy

Monday, 2 April 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your technology-filled life, pack your bags and live in the wild? An Egyptian man, Mohamed Shahin, did just that. But, more specifically, he moved to the desert and is now training people on the ins and outs of surviving in the vast sandy areas.Shahin created an academy to show people how to use primitive techniques to survive in the wild, from something as simple as building a fire to finding water to killing a desert snake for a quick snack ...

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