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Introducing Abha

Abha, perched 2200m above sea level, is a real shock to the senses after the rest of Saudi, not to mention an excellent base for exploring the southwest. Not only is it palpably cooler, but the neat green lawns, marigolds, mountains and mist also make a startling impression. For Saudis the cold, mist and rain are a novelty and they flock here – along with Gulf Arabs – to escape the relentless heat and humidity of summer.