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Saudi region aims to become global destination for rock climbing

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula and Saudi Climbing Federation have teamed up to develop rock-climbing venues in the region

Saudi region aims to become global destination for rock climbing
Al-Ula is located 110km southwest of Tayma in north-western Saudi Arabia.

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU) and Saudi Climbing Federation (SCF) have teamed up to develop rock-climbing venues in the Al-Ula region of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ula is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary rock formations that make it a perfect site for climbing enthusiasts and adventure tourists.

The partnership will allow SCF to develop a variety of routes throughout the Al-Ula region, so climbing enthusiasts of all ages, can explore the area.

Climbers from all over the world, both professional and amateur, are expected to come in droves to explore the destination that lies in the middle of a desert, a statement said.

Al-Ula is located 110km southwest of Tayma  in north-western Saudi Arabia.

RCU and the SCF spent last weekend exploring the site and identifying some of the most thrilling and adventurous climbing routes. The team of climbers was headed by Bandar Al Saud and Yasmin Gahtani, Saudi Arabia’s first certified woman rock-climbing instructor.

Gahtani said: “Rock climbing is a sport anyone can get involved in and the routes we will develop at Al-Ula will enable people of every age, gender and level of experience to come and get involved with this activity. The sense of achievement of reaching the top is unparalleled and with views as fantastic as those at Al-Ula, one can’t help but be inspired.”

The partnership is part of RCU’s mission to transform Al-Ula into a leading global adventure, nature and wellness destination.

It will work with SCF to generate jobs and support the local economy of Al-Ula by training individuals from the region as guides and safety officers.

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