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Thursday, April 13, 2017

King Salman Met With President Duterte In This Desert Paradise


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.



President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
President Duterte is Welcomed at King Saud Royal Guest Palace
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. 

The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.

Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow".
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Rawdat Khuraim is the green patch on the upper right corner of this Google Maps screenshot.

This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too.
The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then.

The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below.


When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
A local tourist walks from a camp towards his car beyond the fence. Cars are not allowed inside.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Many species of grass and other green plants are abundant, especially after the rainy season.
 The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
President Duterte and King Salman in the king's private residence within Rawdat Khuraim.


A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control!


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Flowers are everywhere in this oasis. At the right time, they blanket the meadow with their colors.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
As animal sanctuary, the silence of the park is broken by the chirping of birds of different species.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
After rain, some areas of the park turn into streams, providing water to the plants and animals. 

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Sometimes, you will find camels grazing in the surrounding areas.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Flowers cover the entire ground, a stunning natural carpet.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Located just at the edge of the desert, you can see sand dunes from the park.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
Spring time in Rawdat Khuraim. It's a sight to behold.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
And more flowers and lush greenery.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
A modern Bedouin tent amongst the flowers. You can light a bonfire, but you must bring your own firewood. Cutting trees are not allowed.


You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.

While the Saudis typically receive world leaders and VIPs on a regular basis, the Saudi Royal Family reserves Rawdat Khuraim for their most important guests. Former leaders received at the King's Forest include US Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recently concluded his state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a huge hit among locals and the huge number of OFW expatriates in the Kingdom. He was first welcomed by Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh. The President was housed at the King Saud Royal Guest Palace. The next day, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself welcomed President Duterte. As seen in the video above, many are left wondering where is this place where the two leaders met. It does not seem to be in the capital city of Riyadh.  Actually, that place is called Rawdat Khuraim (also known as the King's Forest).  It is a green oasis, about 100 kilometers outside the capital city of this desert kingdom. Rawdat is arabic for "garden" or "meadow". This protected nature park and animal sanctuary is the favorite place for members of the Royal Family and the public to visit, especially during winter or spring time. Yes, Saudi Arabia experiences winter too. The wildlife park was formally inaugurated in 2005 by King Abdullah, who was still a Crown Prince then. The nature park is even popular among expats. It is a favorite camping place among Riyadh residents, and even for people coming from farther cities like Dammam and Khobar visit this place during holidays. Watch this short exploration video below. When visiting this oasis, you have to be well prepared. The place is HUGE and you are not allowed to go around in your car or SUV. The whole park is fenced around. Visitors usually park near the fence and walk into the park. The farther away you go into the park, the greener it gets. The park itself is divided into three areas. Two-thirds of the park is off-limits to the public. One-third of the park is for the Royal Family. Unbeknownst to many visitors, the Royal Family keeps a residence (more like a palace) within the premises. It is at this Royal Palace where King Salman hosted President Duterte with a state lunch. A third of the Rawdat Khuraim is designated as an animal sanctuary. It is off limits to everyone except the caretakers. Access to this area requires special permits. It is here where animals are free to roam around without being disturbed. The area serves as a sanctuary for various rare species such as gazelles and a plethora of other wildlife creatures not found anywhere else. Universities in Riyadh and the surrounding areas often conduct research studies in the park due to the diversity of insects, flora and fauna which can be found there. Enjoy some pictures below, including a stunning panoramic view that you can control! You can also visit this and this beautiful panoramic images of Rawdat Khuraim.
King Salman meets Obama at Rawdat Khuraim

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Eastern Province To Have a Consulate in Three Months- Duterte
President Duterte's visit to Saudi Arabia has brought  a brand new hope for the OFWs working at the  Eastern Province. For a very long time, the burden of travelling a long way just to reach the embassy in Riyadh will finally come to an end. President rodrigo Duterte has promised to give them a Consulate or Phil Embassy Extension Office in three months. An OFW will have to travel 400 kilometers from Al Khobar to Riyadh to reach the embassy which cost them time and money. If they could have their own consulate as promised by the president, it will make the lives of OFWs in the Eastern Region easier. The president's concern about the OFWs has always been a highlight as he speak in front of the Filipino communities abroad. The President reiterated that he will make everything easy for the OFWs. A separate Department for the OFWs and Seafarers are on the way, even the pRC Licensure examination will be brought within their reach through DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Recommended: WATCH THE FULL REPLAY : PRESIDENT DUTERTE IN SAUDI ARABIA

President Duterte will Bring 250 Stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia Home With Him
The President assures that he will bring 250 stranded OFWs from Saudi Arabia with him when he returned to the Philippines after a series of visit in the Middle East.  During his speech in Davao before his departure, he said that God-willing, he will bring some OFWs in death row with him when he return to the country. During his speech in front of the Filipino Community in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia, President Duterte said that he will be bringing home the first batch of 250 OFWs who had been stranded in Saudi Arabia for a very long time, and they will continue to do it.  "We are arranging for the transportation of 250 OFWs who hopefully be back to the Philippines in time for the return of President Rodrigo Duterte.., " DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.  Secretary Bello also added that since the announcement of the Saudi Crown Prince Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior Prince Mohammed bin Naif Al Saud about the amnesty program for expats, DOLE has already sent an augmentation team to assist the OFWs  to comply with the requirements for the amnesty and a lot of them have already availed it.  According to Secretary Bello, they are also working on the unpaid claims of the OFWs and they are only validating it in order to establish their claims. If they are all been verified, OWWA will be paying their money claims in advance. President Duterte will also be visiting Bahrain and Qatar after his visit to Saudi Arabia and is expected to be back in the Philippines on April 17. Recommended:  "They've been given the clearance. I will fly them home. When I return, I'll be bringing some of them home, " he said during a pre-departure press briefing in Davao City.  Reports saying that the Embassy officials in Saudi Arabia have been acting slow with regards to helping stranded and runaway OFWs are not entirely correct according to Philippine Consul General Iric Arribas. He also said that the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and  the philippine Consulate in Jeddah are both providing the OFWs all the help they need which includes repatriation as well.  700 OFWs have been in jails in Saudi Arabia for various charges because there are no assistance coming from the Embassy officials, according to the reports from various OFW advocates.    The OFWs are the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing through with the campaign on illegal drugs, acknowledging their hardships and sacrifices. He said that as he visit the countries where there are OFWs, he has heard sad stories about them: sexually abused Filipinas,domestic helpers being forced to work on a number of employers. "I have been to many places. I have been to the Middle East. You know, the husband is working in one place, the wife in another country. The so many sad stories I hear about our women being raped, abused sexually," The President said. About Filipino domestic helpers, he said:  "If you are working on a family and the employer's sibling doesn't have a helper, you will also work for them. And if in a compound,the son-in-law of the employer is also living in there, you will also work for him.So, they would finish their work on sunrise." He even refer to the OFWs being similar to the African slaves because of the situation that they have been into for the sake of their families back home. Citing instances that some of them, out of deep despair, resorted to ending their own lives.  The President also said that he finds it heartbreaking to know that after all the sacrifices of the OFWs working abroad for the future of their families they would come home just to learn that their children has been into illegal drugs. "I made no bones about my hatred. I said, 'If you do drugs in my city, if you destroy our daughters and sons, I'll just have to kill you.' I repeated the same warning when i became president," he said.   Critics of the so-called violent war on drugs under President Duterte's administration includes local and international human rights groups, linking the campaign on thousands of drug-related killings.  Police figures show that legitimate police operations have led to over 2,600 deaths of individuals involved in drugs since the war on drugs began. However, the war on drugs has been evident that the extent of drug menace should be taken seriously. The drug personalities includes high ranking officials and they thrive in the expense of our own children,if not being into drugs, being victimized by drug related crimes. The campaign on illegal drugs has somehow made a statement among the drug pushers and addicts. If the common citizen fear walking on the streets at night worrying about the drug addicts lurking in the dark, now they can walk peacefully while the drug addicts hide in fear that the police authorities might get them. Source:GMA {INSERT ALL PARAGRAPHS HERE {EMBED 3 FB PAGES POST FROM JBSOLIS/THOUGHTSKOTO/PEBA HERE OR INSERT 3 LINKS}   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS The OFWs are the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing through with the campaign on illegal drugs, acknowledging their hardships and sacrifices. He said that as he visit the countries where there are OFWs, he has heard sad stories about them: sexually abused Filipinas,domestic helpers being forced to work on a number of employers. ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS


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