Al Ahsa
​​​​Named after the largest oasis in the world Al Ahsa is located between Riyadh and Dammam in the Eastern Provinces. The oasis stretches over an area of 20,000 hectares, its millions of palm trees producing five tons a day of some of the best dates in the world.  of the oasis encapsulates the abandoned cities of Wasit, Jawatha, and Nazzara.

 UNESCO World Heritage Site

Al-Ahsa Oasis is one of the largest and most famous natural oases in the world with over three million palm trees producing a some of the finest dates in the world. Due to its lush fertile land and strategic location, the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, leading to its accession onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List Nestled within the tranquil oasis are many archaeological sites showing the area’s historical significance. 

 Jawatha Mosque

Reputed to be the first mosque to hold Friday prayers other than the  Prophet's Mosque, it was built in 628CE when the local Banu Abdul Qays tribe accepted Islam.

 Jabl Al-Qarah(mountain of Al-Qarah)

It is one of the most famous natural attractions in Al-Ahsa, this flat-topped hill stands 225m above sea leve. Thousands of years of water and wind have transformed it into a series of caves, which provide a cool haven in the heat of summer and a warm escape in winter. 

 Suq Al-Qaysariyah

Al Qaisariyah is one of the oldest known markets in the eastern Arab Peninsula. Built on the original site in 1918 CE, today it  contains 300 shops selling a variety of products in a unique building It was once of great social and economic importance and a forum of traditional handicrafts displaying the area’s prominent textiles industry. Shoppers can browse handmade garments, perfume, herbs, popular medicine and date trading shops. 

 Al Uqair

Although, it hasn’t received a single ship in more than half a century, Al Uqair is the most famous port in Saudi Arabia because of its long-standing trade links. It’s not absolutely clear who built the fort of Al Uqair, but it consists of stone ramparts some 150 feet in length topped with mud brick. The site was the setting of the 1922 conference establishing the borders of modern Saudi Arabia. The existing fort sits on the site of a much more ancient structure that is associated with the ancient Dilmun civilization (4000- 2000 BCE).

 Springs and freshwater sources

The millions of date palm trees in the Al-Hasa Oasis are irrigated by more than 60 artesian springs delivering both hot and cold water.  Excess water from the irrigation system ends up in the Al Asfar Lake (Yellow Lake) and Al Uyoun Lake making them both important havens of fascinating wildlife and beautiful greenery. 

 Al-Shu'ba Mountain

Al-Shu'ba Mountain is an area steeped in history and a perfect place for family visist and an ideal destination for ‘drifting’. Stand on the elevated historic stones and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding palm groves. Visitors can expect the  warm welcome and generous hospitality that Al-Ahsa is known for.


The textile industry has always been economically important in regional Ahsa. Shoppers can peruse garments made of camel hair or wool and beautiful pieces of pottery, as well as wood and leather souvenirs. Al-Hofuf is a major urban area where many textiles made using traditional methods can be found.

 Masjid Qubba

According to its inscription above the main entrance, the Masjid Qubba mosque was built in 1569 CE. It was built with mud bricks on a raised brick platform inside the courtyard of the castle. The southern and western walls of the mosque are adjacent to the castle walls, while the northern and eastern walls of the mosque are open to the courtyard.

 Qasr Sahood

Qasr Sahood is a palace built during the Ottoman in the Al-Hazem district of Al-Mubarraz City. Its name refers to the cannon which was stationed inside the palace called Sahood, to protect the city from Bedouins raids. It is one of the three remaining palaces in Al Ahsa.

 Qasr Khuzam

​​Khozam Palace in Al Hofuf was built in 1805 as a military barracks during Ottoman rule. It gained fame when Prince Abdul Rahman bin Faisal besieged the palace and returned it to the Saudi rule in 1912 CE, and repurposed as a residence for King Abdulaziz in 1932.southern and northern walls.

 Al-Battaliyah-Al-Hassan Mosque

Located In the southwest of the historical village amid the palm groves and considered one of the most important historical buildings in the oasis. The mosque was originally built in the 10th century CE and boasts seven corridors on each side of a central door opening onto a large square courtyard surrounded by a wall.

 Fakhriya Palace

Al-Fakhriya Palace was built at the beginning of the 20th century CE and represents reliance on local architectural traditions. Al-Fakhriya Palace was a rest home and a meeting place for representatives of the local community. The palace is just over 7km from Hofuf and surrounded by a farm.

 Princes' School

One of the first schools in the Gulf region and opened in 1941 and attended by urban elite and members of the Royal family. It was recently renovated by the Heritage Foundation and is now a small museum that offers a window into traditional teaching methods.​

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