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In pictures, Volcanic craters in western Saudi Arabia and tourism

The volcanic craters in Harrat Al-Shaqa in western Saudi Arabia have been still visible in their shapes and zigzags for thousands of years.

These volcanoes are also monoclinic and volcanic eruptions from the same crater cannot be repeated again.

Saudi photographer Muhammad al-Sharif kidnapped a number of photos that documented these craters, due to the geographical diversity of the region, the presence of many igneous and sedimentary rocks, and the diversity of colors at the site.

Al-Sharif told Al-Arabiya.net that Hurat Al-Shaqa branched out into Harrat and small tongues with different names. She drew my attention with its geometric shapes and strange colors. Al-Ghadia, Hasina, and Safat. “

It is noteworthy that the Al-Shaqa Harah, which is located between Al-Ais and Umluj, and extends between the northwest and the southeast, is one of the small Harrahs in Saudi Arabia in terms of area, with a length of about 65 km, and a maximum width of about 55 km, covering an area estimated at about 3575 square kilometers .

 The lava flowed due to the inclination towards the west through Wadi Al-Hail and Shuaib Al-Awaid until it reached the coastal plain 50 km east of the city of Umluj.

The Corona pandemic had a positive side, as the Saudis got acquainted with domestic tourist destinations whose confidence in their excellence may have previously been incomplete, but with experience they found that it competes with its global counterparts if not outperformed in many aspects. During the summer we saw a surge and demand for the southern region and the mountain peaks in Taif, Al Baha and Asir.

The beauty of nature and the coolness of the weather were a great incentive for many to come, as it was a distinctive tourist experience for many, characterized by the presence of promotional campaigns carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism, which led to introducing citizens to internal alternatives to what they are used to.

 Many were surprised by the capabilities we had in which the components of the beauty of nature, the richness of the heritage and the breadth of the geographical area were mixed with ease of access, which doubled the Ministry of Tourism’s campaign by transferring information to relatives and friends and the contribution of many by transferring their experiences through social media, which made it flourish at all levels and led To change the stereotypical image of many, whether from service providers or recipients, so that the service provider looks at continuity and the investor and sees promising opportunities.

 In the tourist season, the golden desert sands with their fine grains were the focus of attention for those with sporting hobbies and enjoyable adventure in the ocean of sand and ascending the towering sand dunes to begin the skiing adventure in an atmosphere accompanied by fun and excitement and not without risk,

 “Desert safari trips and their accompanying activities are often practiced during the winter period due to the weather and for that close to the sites of activities from the big cities. Sand skiing is practiced mostly in areas that contain high sand dunes, and this feature is often found in areas adjacent to deserts, whether in Riyadh or Eastern region or some northern and northwestern regions.

 sand skiing is a new activity that was practiced with the motive of entertainment accompanying wild outings in primitive ways, but with experience and the application of some principles of snow skiing and its success, whether in neighboring countries or among some here, it succeeded and became a demand of many pioneers of road trips. For the physical activity and pleasure that accompanies it. “