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Saturday, March 28, 2015

HERE IS WHY SAUDI ARABIA IS THE STRONGEST MILITARY POWER IN THE GULF



Saudi Arabia is leading the coalition of GCC and other Arab countries dubbed as OPERATION DECISIVE STORM in a bid to save Yemen in response to the letter of the President of the Republic of Yemen, Abd -Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The coalition is joined by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Morocco, Jordan and Sudan, as well as of Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Pakistan.

What makes Saudi Arabia the best and strongest military power in the gulf is because of this:


Check the video of Saudi Royal Army above

 
The Saudi Military parade of 2014 called Abdullah Shield where they displayed all of their military assets


MILITARY TROOPS : 233,500 
Saudi soldiers march during Abdullah's Sword military drill in Hafar Al-Batin, near the border with Kuwait April 29, 2014 (Reuters / Faisal Al Nasser)

Army: 75,000
Navy: 13,500
Air Force: 20,000
Air Defense Personnel: 16,000
Strategic Missiles Personnel: 2,500
National Guard (Elite Forces): 100,000
Reserve Personnel: 25,000

HEAVY TANKS : 1,210


SELF PROPELLED GUNS: 524


ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES: 5,472
The Al Fahd armoured fighting vehcile developed by Abdallah Al Faris

TOWED ARTILLERY: 432


MLRS (Anti-Missiles): 322
Patriot Missile
Hawk Missile
Shahine Missile
Crotale Missile
Crotale New Generation short range air defence missile system

TOTAL AIRCRAFT: 675
Fighter Jets: 313

F-15 Eagle

F-15S Strike Eagle

Anatolian Eagle

Euro Fighter 2000 Typhoon

 Tornado Hawks





APACHE/DAUPHIN HELICOPTERS


SUPPORT PLANE


E-3 SENTRY



FRIGATES - 7



Source of Data: Global Fire Power
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Friday, March 27, 2015

The 11 Wonders In Saudi You Shouldn't Miss



You might think that living in Saudi Arabia is nothing but plain sand and buildings. 
Here are some of the natural wonders and historic places to visit. 


1. Wahba Crater- near Taif is this beautiful crater once thought to have formed after a meteorite. It is 250 m (820 ft) deep and 2 km (1.2 mi) in diameter. The bottom of the crater is covered with white sodium phosphatecrystals which gleams in the moonlight. Geologist found out that the crater was formed by a volcanic activity. 

Photo courtesy  Courtesy of Jo-Anne Hamilton


2. Mada'in Saleh - located near Al Ula, it is a settlement area that dates back after the time of Noah but before Moses.  It has been occupied by Thamud people who carved their homes in the mountains. The Muslims believed that the city was destroyed and the people were punished by Alah after they started idol worhip, the place has also earned the reputation of a "cursed place". 

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3.Afsar Lake in Al Hasa Region- The biggest lake in Arabian Peninsula, and it is the lake that host around 2 million migratory birds each year from Africa to Europe and Asia. 

Photo credit Naumankhan.blogspot.com


4. Desert roses in Eastern Province- In the eastern province, you will most likely find these rocks formed in the shape of roses or flowers burried in the sand. 

Photo Credit: trekearth.com

5.Farasan Islands- It is a coral islands group situated near Jizan. It has wonderful coral reefs formation that stretches for miles. The easiest way to get there is by free ferry from Jizan port. 

6. Jabal Qara cave in Hofuf-  there are so many stories about the cave, some calls it Ali Baba's cave from the popular folktale Alibaba and 40 thieves. Some also calls it Judas cave. 



7. Wadi Al Jinn- Are you loving more folklores? From the Alibaba's cave another city where traditionals believe there is jinn power in the valley. According to Arab News, the cars move uphill even without stepping on the car's accelerator. I think this could be dangerous if that is the case. But it was also said that the mountains in the area is a magnetic hill that attract metal objects otherwise known as reverse gravity while others claim it is only an optical illusion that you are running uphill but that the road is actually inclined downwards. Read an article here and here to know more about their own experience driving to the place. 


8. Al Lith Hot Springs- It is located 286 km south of Jeddah near Al Lith. The steamy hot waters is believed to be because of underground volcanic activity. 
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9. Al Dilam- the place has nice vegetation and has these interesting buildings as home for pigeons. 
Photo courtesy realimaai
Photo from Blue Abaya

10. KAUST Mosque-  KAUST community is situated in Thuwal, Jeddah.  While this may not be a natural wonder, we should not miss out on this magnificent mosque and the many other  beautiful mosques in Saudi Arabia. 




11. Obhur, Jeddah- If you want to experience more of the beautiful Red Sea, Obhur is the place. Beautiful white sand beaches, snorkelling and diving experiences,  it's all yours





Photo courtesy from Britishexpats.com community

And of course this is not all of it, for there are many wonderful unexplored places in Saudi Arabia. 


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