Camels And Deserts Covered In Snow As Storm Hits Saudi Arabia

Camels and deserts covered in snow as storm hits Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s deserts have been covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures plummeted across parts of the Middle East.

Bizarre photos show camels covered in snow and locals – who normally face blistering temperatures – picking up and throwing the snow.

Many seized the opportunity to go sledging down the side of hills, with families gathering together to make the most of the rare phenomenon.

Others shared their excitement at the conditions on social media, or posted videos of their vehicles skidding around on the frost.

A huge amount of Saudis flocked to the Tabuk region in the north of the kingdom, where the high altitude meant thicker, heavier snowfall was found.

Camels and deserts covered in snow as storm hits Saudi Arabia
Locals have made the most of the rare snowfall (Picture: @Strange_Sounds)
Camels and deserts covered in snow as storm hits Saudi Arabia
The kingdom is famous for its blistering heat and deserts covered in sand (Picture: @Strange_Sounds)

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An adorable image of families playing in a smattering of snow in northern Saudi Arabia, from the official Saudi Press Agency.

But while many people enjoyed catching a glimpse of the snow, the conditions have also had tragic consequences.

Nine Syrian refugees attempting to cross the border into Lebanon froze to death, the Lebanese Army said.

But while many people enjoyed catching a glimpse of the snow, the conditions have also had tragic consequences.

Nine Syrian refugees attempting to cross the border into Lebanon froze to death, the Lebanese Army said.

Six others were rescued from near the Masnaa border crossing, one of whom later died in hospital, according to the army.

Similar conditions were reported in Syria and Iran, where there was reportedly some 4ft of snow.

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