Tourism body adds Asir’s Al-Soudah to Saudi Seasons 2019

Al-Soudah Season will take place in August. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2019

Tourism body adds Asir’s Al-Soudah to Saudi Seasons 2019

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced Al-Soudah Season in Asir region as part of the 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, which was launched in February and includes 11 tourist seasons covering most of the Kingdom. The initiative is the first of its kind in the region, aiming to encourage domestic tourism. 

Al-Soudah Season will take place in August. The area of Al-Soudah enjoys natural beauty, ranging from forests and highlands to its distinct climate.

Ahmed Al-Khatib, the chairman of SCTH, stressed that the 2019 Saudi Seasons would boost tourism development, activating the sector and providing temporary and permanent jobs. 


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 1 min 16 sec ago

WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.