SAUDI ARA­BIA

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Have you con­sid­ered hol­i­day­ing in Saudi Ara­bia? There’s a bur­geon­ing tourism scene in the coun­try – Abha, the cap­i­tal of Saudi’s Asir prov­ince, was named cap­i­tal of Arab Tourism 2017, Riyadh is host­ing the King Ab­du­laziz Camels Fes­ti­val on March 19 and Jeddah is now home to the first Rocco Forte Ho­tel in the coun­try – the Rocco Forte As­sila Ho­tel. If the UAE’s neigh­bour is on your travel list here’s what you need to know: The Camels Fes­ti­val is a great start­ing point for first-time vis­i­tors. Aside from a camel beauty com­pe­ti­tion, the fes­ti­val will also host a Na­tional Ge­o­graphic pho­tog­ra­phy con­test, an as­tron­omy dome in­stal­la­tion, Hoy­air the camel car­toon work­shops, live theatre, and food and per­fume souks. Jeddah’s new As­sila Ho­tel is 20 min­utes from the air­port and 40 min­utes from Makkah. The 210-room prop­erty has eight restau­rants, a rooftop pool, the As­sila Spa, a fit­ness cen­tre, squash courts, con­fer­ence rooms and a ball­room; roc­co­forte­ho­tels.com.

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