- Location: South of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Region
- Time to Visit: Between November and February
- How to Reach: It is convenient to get to Al-hasa from Hofuf. Hofuf is around 2.5 hours from Riyadh and 1.5h from Dammam by train.
- Nearest International Airport: King Fahd International Airport
If you see a camel being carried on a BMW, do not be surprised, after all it is desert land, in the middle of which modern buildings, ancient fortifications, traditional villages and well-maintained roads rise, as if prompted by the swing of a genie’s wand. This is the magic land, where the second Jummah of Islam was held. The natural beauty, rich history and breathtaking architecture make Al-hasa Oasis one of the most serious contenders for the list of Seven New Wonders of the World. An ancient irrigation system formed of more than 60 artesian springs, recently upgraded and renovated, serves this area of over 30,000 acres.
Al-hasa Oasis, the largest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is located at a distance of around 65 kilometers from the Persian Gulf. In the earlier days, it was located at the heart of the trade routes followed between the east of the Arabian Peninsula and India, Persia and the Far East.
Al-Hasa region and city of Hofuf
The region, extending north to Kuwait, out to the Persian Gulf, finishing off in the south with the Rub al-Khali, the Empty Quarter and the ad-Dahna desert in the west, was named after this famous oasis. Hofuf is the only city in the region, incorporating the southwestern part of the oasis. There are about 50 traditional Arabian villages scattered around the Al-hasa Oasis.
Surrounded by the ad-Dahna and ad-Daman deserts, Al-hasa, Saudi Arabia covers an area of 120 square kilometers. Apart from oil production, the chief economic occupation of the oasis is agriculture, fed by more than 60 artesian wells. The region, boasts of its wealth of almost 3 million date palms, produces various types of date. Al-hasa, known as Hajar in ancient times, is told to be the largest date palm oasis in the world. Near about 100 natural springs and artesian wells, elaborate irrigation system, well-drained, alkaline, sandy soils and above all intense heat make this area ideal for date cultivation.
Additional products found here include rice, corn, citrus and other fruits. Several egg farms add to the diversity of Al-hasa and thus making it one of the major food producers in Saudi. Though wind carrying sand is a great problem, it is largely prevented by planting tree as barriers. Besides the traditional small-scale industries, Al-Hasa has some industries producing cement and plastics.
InterContinental Al Ahsa is the only luxury hotel in the region. It is located in the Al Hofuf city, and it is advisable that you check out the availability and booking options well in advance.