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Beautiful Baha, tantalizing Taif
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 27 - 08 - 2016

Southern Saudi Arabia has many tourist spots with breathtaking beauty and mesmerizing nature. Aside from the Asir region, prominent among them include Baha and Taif.
Al-Baha province is full of tourist spots, including forests and parks. The best places to visit in summer are Mandaq, Baljurashi, Bani Hassan and Al-Aqeeq and in winter Mikhwah, Gilwah, Ghamid, Al-Zenad and Al-Hajrah.
Because of its fascinating nature and historical sites dating back to thousands of years, Al-Baha is the favorite destination for many Saudi and Gulf tourists. There are streams, waterfalls, valleys and plains that captivate visitors and hold them in awe. With over 100 activities lined up for the tourism festival, this summer Baha hoped to see a larger number of visitors.
Taif, which used to be the unofficial summer capital of Saudi kings, differs from other tourist destinations in terms of investment opportunities.
At an elevation of about 1,900 meters from sea level on the slopes of Sarawat Mountains, the city has a population of over 1.2 million. A governorate in Makkah province, Taif is an agricultural region known for its fruits, roses and honey.
Tourism projects in the governorate have a 100 percent chance of success because Taif sees more than eight festivals and important events every year. These include the historic Souq Okaz, Taif Rose Festival, Fruit Festival, Shopping Festival, Camel Race and many others.
Taif's parks attract visitors because they are ideal for outdoor entertainment due to the city's salubrious climate. Thamala, Bani Saad, Al-Sahen, Shaqsan, Hadad and Qiya in the southern part of the governorate also attract a large number of tourists.
Hotel occupancy in Taif reaches 95 percent around this time of the year because of the large number of visitors coming from all parts of the Kingdom and neighboring countries.
Al-Hada Mountain is another favorite destination because of the nice weather and many amusement parks. Tourists love to visit the mountain and enjoy the scenic view from the top.


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