The mountains in and around the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia have turned green after weeks of heavy rain and last month’s flash floods, the Saudi Press Agency has reported. The agency shared a video clip on Twitter last Thursday showing the effect of the excessive rainfall.
The Gulf country saw heavy showers last December, which left Mecca and other areas badly flooded.
But weeks later, the surrounding desert has turned green – particularly in the west – due to excess water.
Uncanny photos show camels grazing on fresh grass and once arid bushes are now vibrant with color.
The vegetation has grown so much it can be seen from NASA satellites in space.
Many locals have posted pictures on social media, with some viewing the greenery as proof of a Muslim prophecy, which says: ‘The Last Hour will not come till the land of Arabia reverts to meadows and rivers.’
But others pointed out the Saudi Arabian desert has seen outbursts of plant growth several times before.