(MENAFN - Arab News) Residents living near mount shada in baha southwest of the kingdom continue to complain about a lack of basic amenities such as roads sewerage mobile phone coverage and security.
'even the graveyards suffer from neglect" one resident told a local newspaper.
hathlol al-hathlol undersecretary at the transport ministry recently promised to address these problems during a recent visit to the area
mansour al-bahoot director-general of the saudi commission for tourism and antiquities (scta) in baha said the branch is in the process of conducting studies on the mountain ranges to introduce sports such as climbing and cave-discovery initiatives.
ahmad al-ghamdi an archaeologist said that the area is historically rich with granite rocks constituting some of the oldest geological periods.
'it represents invaluable heritage since it includes rare sketches" said al-ghamdi.
mount shada is the highest peak of a mountain range near sarat abidah.
the area has unique geological features with very steep rock formations. old villages hang onto the mountainside.
the mountain range has a number of plateaus and caves around which villages have grown up. the area is full of wild varieties of juniper and olive trees.
mount shada is renowned for coffee bean farming and lucrative honey production a source of livelihood for many residents.
some residents have carved dwellings into the rock face of the mountain 2300 meters high.
the government conducted a study on the area and its inhabitants in 1987.