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Al Ahsa: Explore Saudi’s Largest Oasis

If you are looking for an escape from the city life to a more historical and enlightening location, head to Al Ahsa in the country’s Eastern Province, a UNESCO world heritage site. The region is recognized for its stunning and vivid green palm trees as well as its tranquil atmosphere, profound stillness and peaceful ambience. With 30 million palm trees, you are bound to feel one with nature in the largest date farm worldwide, which produces a few of the Saudi’s sweetest Khalas dates, known for their sticky texture.

One of the most iconic structures in Al Ahsa is the beautifully majestic Al Qara mountains, known for stunning lime caves found amidst it, which create the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled family. Unlike many caves in the country, these were formed by subaerial weathering processes that formed a highly distinctive shape to its structure. It’s a natural marvel that one must visit on their trip to the province.

Nestled within these caves on the Western elevation is the fantastic Dougha Handmade Pottery Factory that showcases how the making of pottery has been passed down from generation to generation, highlighting the region’s rich customs and traditions.

Al Ahsa is also historically rich, known to be the abode of the Saudi’s founding monarch, King Abdulaziz. You can step back in time by visiting his room, a part of the Al Mulla Home, housing all of the King’s belongings, including key pieces from his wardrobe. Another cultural site you must visit is the beautiful Ibrahim Palace in Al Ahsa’s center, constructed under the Ottoman Empire in 1521.

Pick up some souvenirs in the Al Ahsa market, which is a local souq packed with local treats, from oud to abayas, and other trinkets you will treasure forever.