When anyone mentions about Saudi Arabia, the first image that comes to the minds is of deserts, hot and wild temperatures and camels. However, the hot sands seems to have been swapped with snow for a few years now. In the northwest region of the country, 120 miles from the Red Sea, a massive storm has led to snow falling in the desert near Tabuk leading camels to graze around in a very unlikely winter wonderland. Temperatures for the region at this time of year are usually 4 C but it is usually dry and not snowing. Snow is not completely out of the ordinary for Saudi Arabia, as snowfall was recorded there in April 2019.
The snow was created from a storm that travelled from southern Europe. However, the climate crisis has caused many people to become very concerned at the sight of camels in Saudi Arabia walking around in the snow. While climate change should be a worry, humans needs not worry about camels. They withstand outrageous desert temperatures, but also regularly survive in snow covered mountains. A camel in the snow doesn’t seem quite right, but when you are built for the conditions it’s all automatic.
To withstand both heat and cold, camels have a woolly coat of insulating fur. For now citizens of the kingdom who crave for snow are delighted at the site of snow. Farther to the east, the UAE was experiencing extreme weather of its own, having been hit by torrential downpours that left parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah flooded while snaps of snow clad mountains of Jebel Jais at Ras Al Khaimah emirate in UAE went viral in the Middle East last week. With Vijay Sonkhia, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.