Watch: Snowfall, blizzard hit Saudi Arabia
Residents, tourists enjoy winter phenomenon in Tabuk region.
Residents of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia and the adjoining mountainous region, including Jebel Al Lawz, enjoyed the magic of winter on Thursday morning as the popular holiday destination was covered with snow.
In a video shared online, camels can be seen sitting on a path covered in snow during the early hours of Thursday, as the region experienced heavy snowfall and blizzards. Residents and tourists, including some who drove all the way from the UAE, flocked to the mountainous region to enjoy this annual winter phenomenon, according to an Al Arabiya news report.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday issued weather warnings for several regions across the Kingdom for this weekend. The advisory noted that thunderstorms, cold showers and brisk winds were expected in the capital Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, the Eastern Province, Qassim, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, Asir, Al Baha, Jazan, Najran and Jawf.
The winter season in Saudi Arabia is called Kashta (or season for camping). While the Tabuk region is popular for its snowfall, the granite terrain of the mountain region make it a perfect tourist destination during winter, especially for residents who have never experienced snow before.
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