Saudi: Five New Caves Identified For Ecotourism Drive

The caves are 200km north of Riyadh but specific locations are being kept under wraps for now.
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Saudi Arabia has reportedly identified five caves situated around 200km north of Riyadh where it plans to launch ecotourism destinations this year.

Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), the kingdom’s national geological organisation, plans to launch the projects as part of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative.

“We are ready,” said Mahmoud Al Shanti, director of the Saudi Geological Survey’s Cave Unit and Desert Studies, in comments published by Lonely Planet News.

“We are now choosing easy access points for tourists, but won’t announce the names and locations of the caves yet.”

SGS is remaining tight-lipped on the specific locations of the subterranean sites to prevent people from going inside and destroying them, Al Shanti said.

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Al Shanti told Lonely Planet that the caves must be managed and protected to ensure the survival of wildlife including bats, hyenas, foxes and owls.

“These are remote places and the villages must be ready to receive tourists,” Al Shanti was quoted as saying.

Source: Arabian Business