Tabuk Mountains in Saudi Arabia: Popular Destination for Those Looking for Fun in the Snow
DJEDDAH: Local residents headed to the north-west of the Kingdom to take in the sight of the latest snowfall.
Residents of the Tabuk region, near the Jordanian border, woke up on New Year’s Day to find the desert sands covered in a blanket of white snow.
The Jabal Al-Lawz mountain range usually witnesses snowfall when the temperature drops, and winter is considered the most beautiful time of year in the region.
Faris Al-Harbi, an engineer who lived in Tabuk, told Arab News: “Every year we wait for the snow to fall so that we can go and taste our aunt’s delicious kabsa (a traditional Saudi dish) cooked on the snow. It is one of our rituals.
Saudi Arabia is known for its dry desert climate. But temperatures vary from region to region due to its diverse landscape which includes mountains, islands, deserts, caves and valleys.
Snow generally falls in the northern mountainous regions of Turaif, Tabuk, Arar and Rafha. Locals and visitors come from different parts of the Kingdom to enjoy the cold weather and snow activities such as snow sledding.
Badr Al-Gbl, who visits Tabuk during the winter, told Arab News: “The top of Tabuk mountain witnesses snow every year, and it attracts the attention of all residents and visitors.
The southwest of the Kingdom in the Asir region also sees snow. Asir is home to the juniper-covered mountains of Soudah, Saudi Arabia’s highest peak, towering over 3,000m above sea level.
The National Meteorological Center has issued a forecast in the coming days of thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds in Asir, Jazan, Al-Madinah, Hail, the northern borders and Al-Jawf, and the region of Tabuk, where further falls of snow are expected.