EU delegation praises ‘adventurous’ Al-Soudah Season

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The Adventures Area runs sports activities such as a rope course, hiking, and an extreme sports area including paragliding, slingshot. (Photo/Supplied)
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The Adventures Area runs sports activities such as a rope course, hiking, and an extreme sports area including paragliding, slingshot. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 August 2019
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EU delegation praises ‘adventurous’ Al-Soudah Season

  • The Al-Soudah Season’s programs are held in seven locations

AL-SOUDAH: Cornelia Krautgasser, a political officer at the EU delegation to the Gulf Cooperation Council, praised the Al-Soudah Season and told Arab News that she was impressed with the region’s development as an adventurous tourist area in Saudi Arabia. 

“I think it’s a great initiative. I am very happy I was invited to come here and to see it myself. They’ve done an amazing job of setting this up and it’s a great place for young people. It’s beautiful and fun,” said Krautgasser.

She added that the mountains, fresh air and temperature are testament to Saudi Arabia’s diversity and that Al-Soudah does not possess stereotypical desert features.

The EU officer took part in Al-Soudah’s extreme experiences on the festival premises and said that she had an amazing experience bungee jumping and seeing the mountains. “It’s super scary, but I loved it,” she added.

Krautgasser’s mission started in November last year. “I was a bit nervous before coming to Saudi Arabia for the first time because usually with other countries you meet people who have visited or worked there. I didn’t know anyone who had been to Saudi Arabia. I was a bit nervous because of the stories you see in the news and I was surprised how friendly people were,” she said.

The Al-Soudah Season’s programs are held in seven locations. The main area, called The Hub, is suitable for family members, which includes several fine restaurants and food trucks. There is also the Kids Zone, where the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation is holding educational workshops at the House of Qatt.

The Adventures Area runs sports activities such as a rope course, hiking, and an extreme sports area including paragliding, slingshot and bungee jumping and a 255 meter zipline.

The program also offers the village of Al-Muftaha and Talal Maddah Theater in Abha, where artistic evenings hosting renowned musicians from the Kingdom and the Arab world will be held.

The Al-Soudah Season events are designed to highlight four main elements: Nature and dazzling scenery, heritage and culture, adventures and sports, and outstanding weather.

The events of the season were tailored to make use of these competitive advantages, where participants can choose from a wide range of activities held throughout August.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019
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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.