Jouf Region
    • Al Jouf is an olive oil resort of Saudi Arabia. The atmosphere is usually filled with the sweet aroma of olives. It is the home to a diverse natural environment, and a place of deep cultural heritage and handicrafts. Its strategic location has made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the Kingdom.
    Sakaka city
    It is the administrative center of the Al-Jouf Province. Sakaka is known for both its biodiverse of natural resources as well as its cultural heritage. It is the home of authentic olives. Due to its geographic location, the town has been the North Gate of Saudi Arabia since antiquity. It contains huge olive and date farms, which distinguishes it from other Saudi cities. Sakaka is also the home to a large group of famous historical sites that tell the rich history of the region.

 Attraction Sites

 Sakaka and surrounding areas




    Clothes in Al Jouf match with the warm summers and cold winters of the province. Thobe of men is characterized by long sleeves widening at the hands and cuffs. It is worn usually during ceremonial folk dances. There is also the Arab Thobe decorated with buttons at the chest. Shamagh and Ghutra (called Kufia by Bedouins) is placed on the head to protect it from summer heat and winter cold. Farwa, an open sleeved knee length leather overcoat lined with animal fur is worn in the winter. Women wear Megata a garment decorated with beautiful embroidery on chest and sleeves, which very much resembles the Palestinian traditional dress. This is considered regular work clothing. Miserah, however, is a silk dress lined with silver and gold threads from top to bottom. Women also wear Mileffah, a headdress and Shayla, a shawl, which is usually black in color.
    Varied dishes and cuisine are found in Al Jouf, where area residents depend on local resources like animals and farms to gather milk, ghee and grains for preparing local dishes. Dates and milk act as main ingredients for dining. In addition, people also eat “Dobb” an Arabian desert lizard, wild rabbits, birds. Desert truffles add to their delicious dishes. Local Bedouins collect them in seasons to cater them to the residents. Some of the most famous dishes are melehi, markok, matazia and washik.
    The songs and dances of Al Jouf have always painted a glorious picture of the region. As it goes, there is a song for every occasion, especially with the accompanied mono-string Rababah and its mesmeric desert tunes. Folkdances of Al Jouf play a great role in energizing any special occasion. For example, enchanting poems are sung during weddings while welcoming the visitors. Samri is a dance form that is popular with the youth. Other popular lyrics sung by Al Joufian locals are, ‘Hujaini and Hida’, melodies specific to horsemen, who sing them during taming their horses.


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