MADINAH: YOUSUF MUHAMMAD
Monday 9 July 2012
Last Update 9 July 2012 6:24 pm
The school summer vacation and the soaring heat in Madinah have driven Saudis and expatriates to the nearby city of Yanbu where they can enjoy the sea and beautiful scenery.
The residents are determined to enjoy their time on the seashore and public parks in Yanbu before the fasting month of Ramadan, which is rapidly approaching.
The sharm (bay) of Yanbu is a remarkable tourist spot that has been an attraction for the city’s visitors because of its mild temperature, spectacular shores and tourist projects including the Radwa park supplied with everything necessary for family entertainment.
The sharm also has locations for swimming and diving.
The governorate through its three main cities of Yanbu Al-Bahar (sea), Yanbu Al-Nakheel (palm trees) and the industrial city provides tourists and visitors with various kinds of environmental, historic and economic tourism.
The beautiful Yanbu Al-Bahr is of special interest for lovers of diving and other water sports while Yanbu Al-Nakheel with its natural valleys, oases and high palm trees is of special interest to holidaymakers looking for beautiful scenery.
The third side of the triangle, industrial Yanbu, is a haven for industrialists, economists and businessmen.
The two oil and natural gas pipelines coming from the production areas in the Eastern Province end in the city.
A number of tourist and entertainment facilities, shopping malls and service centers have been established in Yanbu during the few past years to cater to the needs of the increasing number of tourists and visitors.
Huge tourist investments were carried out by the private sector.
The city of Yanbu is also rich in history. It has a number of historic sites including the historic area in Yanbu Al-Bahr where tourists usually visit to find out about the history of the area and take photos.
They can also buy souvenirs and antiques from the popular market that usually opens at night.
Yanbu has a regional airport that receives international flights directly connecting the city with various parts of the world. It also has a commercial seaport.
The city is connected by highway roads from various cities and towns in the Kingdom including Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah, Qassim, the Northern Borders and others.
Yanbu Al-Nakheel was famous for agriculture before its spring dried up. It also has an old fortress.
The city is set to the backdrop of Radwa Mountain, 3,000 meters above sea level.
The Yanbu shores and sea fronts are overcrowded these days with vacationers and visitors from the city itself and other regions.
There are a number of public parks along the seashore that are connected to Al-Mahar (oysters) by a bridge.
Umbrellas have been erected in the parks to provide a shade to visitors.
There is also a harbour for fishing and sailing boats.
There are also a number of fast food restaurants and public eateries along the shore.
The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu has established a number of parks in the city supplied with all tourist facilities.
The commission has built playgrounds for children along the shore along with mosques, toilets and other utilities.
The commission has built gardens along the shores and in various parts of the city, adding to its beauty.
It has also set up a tourist information center at the city entrance to provide tourists with all the data they may need about attractions, restaurants, parks, hotels and others.
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