Snow turns parts of Saudi Arabia into a winter wonderland

Residents wrap up warm as temperatures reached freezing point

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UPDATE: Snow falls in the UAE

The deserts of Saudi Arabia had a dusting of a different kind during the weekend as a cold snap brought snowfall to the country.

Some parts, such as Tabuk in the northern region, were covered in a white blanket as residents took to social media to show off the rare experience.

Some were not put off by the freezing temperatures and camped out, while others took the opportunity to get creative with the 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.

Forecasters said there was a possibility of snow in the mountains this week.