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Travel Bloggers Praise Asir Region and Says the Province Can be a Hotspot For Tourism

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According to travel bloggers who visited Al-Soudah Season, Asir province has the potential of becoming a hotspot for international tourism.

What proved that the province has what it takes to become a major touristic city is the events and activities that took place during this season of Al-Soudah, where visitors got to enjoy different aspects of the province.

Joshua Van Alstine, a well-known YouTuber, said that both the private and public sector have taken advantage of the potential that the area has and developed it into accommodating demands.

 

Both Van Alstine and his wife were invited to explore Al-Soudah season on their way to Abha, that is when they got to experience the different activities available during this season and the one they enjoyed the most was the bungee jumping.

Visitors of Al-Soudah season can enjoy several activities catered for adrenaline junkies such as ropes course, a slingshot, paint-balling and paragliding.

 

Travel blogger Paris Verra, who also visited Al-Soudah, said the region’s people were very hospitable and welcoming. “The place is unreal, the beauty is just incredible,” she told Arab News. “Coming here I feel safe and there are many misconceptions of coming to Saudi Arabia. If people would open up there are so many great things about this country in general, especially in this region.”

Al-Soudah Season runs until the end of this month so you better hurry up before the fun comes to an end! Programs are held across seven locations. The main area, called The Hub. There is also the Kids Zone, where the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation is holding educational workshops at the House of Qatt.

 

 

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Crown Prince Salman Orders Renovation of Princess Nourah’s Palace at His Own Expense

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In light of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans to restore back the glory of historical landmarks, he has ordered the restoration and renovation process of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman Palace at his own expense.

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman Palace, aka Al-Shamsiyyah Palace is located near Al-Murabba neighborhood in Riyadh, and is considered as one of the Kingdom’s valuable landmarks.

Princess Nourah was the elder sister of King Abdul Aziz, founder of modern Saudi Arabia and the palace itself is a reflection to the prevalent local style of architecture from the 1950s which can be seen in its unique inscriptions.

Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan expressed his gratitude to Prince Salman for his ongoing support to historical landmarks and his efforts in preserving the Kingdom’s culture and heritage.

“This directive reflects the Crown Prince’s keenness to support the rich heritage and historic monuments in the Kingdom,” he said.

 

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Caroline Leon: Set to Become the First Female Mountaineer To Climb All 15 Peaks In The Middle East

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Caroline Leon is an Australian-born Dubai-based mountain climber and now the pioneering climber is set to take on a new adventure of climbing 15 of the highest peaks in the Middle East and North Africa.

In doing so, she will scale a total of 40,000m in only 30 days! This daring climb is inspired by a life-threatening event that she suffered back in 2015 where she fell from seven meters high, leaving her rehabilitating for two years.

“I am thrilled to embark on this adventure – trekking up every peak in the Middle East is a psychological, physical and mental feat,” says 34-year-old Leon. “After almost a decade of working and living in the region, I have found it to be incredibly intriguing, and I would like to show people its real beauty. I believe we are only bound by the limits we set on ourselves.”

Leon will become the first woman ever to do this with 15/16 countries in 30/31 days on the road, and this entire challenge is in support of her favorite UAE charity Gulf For Good.

“We are delighted to support Caroline on this adventure,” added Nour Suliman CEO of DHL Express in the Middle East and North Africa, because DHL is the sponsor of the climb. “She has incredible grit and passion, and is continuously looking to conquer new frontiers. Her remarkable strength of character and can-do attitude resonates with our brand values and she is an inspiration to us all at DHL. We send her our best wishes, and we will be providing her all the support she needs.”

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Extreme Sports Athelete Jokke Sommer Praises the Activities in Asir

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Extreme-sports athlete Jokke Sommer praised the ongoing transformation of the tourism projects in Saudi Arabia and that the mega projects that are underway will change the perception of the world of how they view the Kingdom.

The Norwegian professional skydiver, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer has displayed his skills in the region of Asir as part of the Al-Soudah season, he then praised his stay saying that his experience was a pretty good one and is urging others to visit the Kingdom to experience it themselves.

Sommer believes that the media wrongfully portrays Saudi Arabia and that tourism is the way to changing those misleading perceptions projected by international media.

“Once Saudi opens up tourism more, this will change automatically,” he said. “People will see the country is not what people or the media have told them.”

“What makes Al-Soudah cool is mostly the people, the culture and the fact that everyone is curious about what we are doing and so open and peaceful,” he said. He also added that he was impressed by the natural beauty of the Asir region that is surrounded by mountains, which makes an ideal place for the wingsuit flyers taking part in the festival.

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Saudi-Arabia is exceeding all expectations with nothing but love and openness 🙏🏼 The people here is only expressing beauty and happiness, while being beyond welcoming ❤️ The kids are even running around freely with a big smile on their face, without a phone in their hands. I almost feel embarrassed coming from the part of the world that generate hate towards the Muslim culture, but their stoke towards us makes that an easy thing to forget 🥳 It’s quite ironic actually, but the vibe here is far better than any place I’ve visited in the west 🤷🏼‍♂️ but I’m not surprised as reality is constructed in our minds, while media does its job by manipulating it… This moment was from our warmup jump this morning, preparing for a flyby while being way too high above the festival 😅 The only bad vibe we encountered so far, was a few bitchy stray dogs in the landing area 😂 by @lucabarbieriws 📸 @edgetvnetwork @redbullnorge #Mindventure

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“The nature there was very beautiful as well; it was green and surprising,” said Sommer. “We normally think the Middle East is a lot of sand and rocks but it was really nice to fly over green
as well.”

 

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