Faifa mountains: Exploring hanging gardens of Saudi Arabia
Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia’s Faifa mountains, which rise more than 1,800 meters above sea leveland stand about 100km from the southwestern city of Jizan, enjoy moderate climate and temperatures throughout the year, distinguishing them from the rest of the Kingdom’s highlands.The mountains attract a large number of visitors and tourists from different regions, drawn inby the beautiful nature and valleys. The mountainous areas are famous for their agricultural terraces, and characterised by green flora that cover them.The Faifa mountains are also wrapped around each other, making them look like a s...
German paedophile network: 1,000 officers seize mountains of evidence
Nationwide raids targeting a massive network for creating and sharing child pornography in Germany involved over 1,000 police officers, who secured over 2,000 items as evidence, investigators said on Wednesday.The evidence includes data storage devices and two safes, said Michael Esser, head of the investigation, in Cologne one day after the operation took place.He noted that analysing the findings would take some time.Tuesday's raids targeted 48 men and two women suspected of owning and distributing child pornography, Esser said, adding that there was no evidence that they themselves had abus...
Hiraizumi World Heritage Sites: A Trove Of Buddhist History And Splendor
A Day in Hiraizumi: Exploring the World Heritage SitesLocated in the Tohoku region of Iwate Prefecture, Hiraizumi is a long distance away from where I grew up in Kyushu. Yet when I visited Hiraizumi for the first time, it felt like I was returning home.Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo and get off at Ichinoseki Station. After you transfer to the Tohoku Main Line, a ten-minute train ride will take you to Hiraizumi Station. Upon exiting the station, you'll be greeted with tranquil scenery. Across the roundabout are the sprawling mountains of Oshu, with gentle ridges that reminded me of the landscap...
119 more days of mountains and molehills - analysis
The first day after the end of the latest political crisis came and went on Tuesday with no substantial progress toward preventing the next one.A meeting of Likud and Blue and White negotiating teams that had been set for Tuesday did not end up happening. It does not help that the head of Blue and White’s team, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn, is in quarantine due to contact with Integration and Aliyah Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, who tested positive for COVID-19.But progress toward igniting the next crisis did happen on Tuesday.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered Alternate Prime Ministe...
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Saudi Arabia’s southern mountains offer peak camping conditions
JEDDAH: Saudi nationals are being encouraged to discover their country’s tourist destinations and natural beauty, as COVID-19 continues to disrupt international travel.Domestic flights in the Kingdom resumed on May 30 and citizens have been beating the big cities’ summer heat by heading to cooler areas in the southwest, which is known for its lush green mountains and for being an ideal venue for camping and hiking.Saudis shared their thoughts with Arab News about their first-ever camping experiences, describing it as “beyond expectation.”Khalid Siddeeq, from Riyadh, was unused to spending four...
Italian valley still in 'red zone' as Mont Blanc glacier threatens collapse
Courmayeur (Italy) (AFP) - An Italian alpine resort remained on high alert Friday over fears a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures."No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians," was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small tarmac road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, not far from the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border.But the blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom told AFP "it's a joke".The huge ice bl...
Nepal reopens Everest despite pandemic uncertainty
Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepal has reopened its mountains -- including Everest -- for the autumn trekking and climbing season in a bid to boost the struggling tourism sector, officials said Friday, despite coronavirus uncertainty. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March just ahead of the busy spring season when hundreds of mountaineers usually flock to the country, costing jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. A nationwide lockdown was lifted last week, and Nepal is now open "for tourism activities, including mountaineering and trekking." Mira Acharya of the tourism department told AFP. T...
Shiretoko Peninsula is one of Japan’s last untouched regions, with glittering alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful ocean views. Located on the northeast edge of Hokkaido, Shiretoko is ripe for outdoor activities like camping and even walking on drift ice floating down from Russia.The name Shiretoko is derived from the indigenous Japanese Ainu term sir etok, which means “end of the world.” The region is still home to one of the largest Ainu populations who are considered Japan’s original people. Many sites on the peninsula are spiritually significant to them.In 2005, UNESCO named ...
Australian mountains ditch King Leopold name
Sydney (AFP) - An Australian mountain range named after Belgium's notorious King Leopold II was given a new title reflecting its traditional owners on Friday, as officials shed the connection to an "evil tyrant".Authorities in Western Australia said the 600-kilometre (370-mile) King Leopold Ranges in the remote Kimberley region -- named after the monarch in 1879 -- would now be known as the Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges."It has troubled me for years that an extraordinary area of Western Australia should be named in honour of a person who is widely regarded as an evil tyrant," state lands minister...
Makkah’s historical mountains hold stories of past and present
MAKKAH: Makkah’s historical mountains are a window into the holy city’s beauty and grandeur as they overlook all aspects of the Grand Mosque, while also providing perfect locations for guides, photographers and researchers to document, present or learn more about Makkah’s stories from Prophet Muhammad’s era to the present day.Saudi photojournalist Abdulmohsen Doman told Arab News that the media and international agencies use the mountains’ vantage points to get the best shots of Makkah, especially during the Hajj season, when millions of Muslims from around the world visit the holy city to per...