Al-Ahsa Oasis

Coordinates: 25°25′46″N 49°37′19″E / 25.42944°N 49.62194°E / 25.42944; 49.62194
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25°25′46″N 49°37′19″E / 25.42944°N 49.62194°E / 25.42944; 49.62194

Al-Ahsa, sometimes Al-Hasa, El Hasa, or Hadjar is a traditional oasis region in eastern Saudi Arabia. The oasis is about 60 km inland from the Persian Gulf.

Al-Hasa oasis, also known as Al-Ahsa oasis, is the largest oasis in the world, with an area of 85.4 km2 (33.0 sq mi) and 2.5 million palm trees.

Al-Ahsa is part of the region known historically as Al-Bahrayn. It includes the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula down to the borders of Oman. It also includes the island of Awal (modern-day Bahrain).

Al-Hasa has one of the largest numbers of Shia Muslims in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia.

With an area of around 85.4 km2 (33.0 sq mi), Al-Ahsa Oasis is the largest oasis in the world. There are more than 2.5 million palm trees including date palms in the oasis, which is fed from a huge underground aquifer and irrigated by the flow of more than 280 artesian springs, which allows agriculture all year round in a region that is otherwise sand desert.[1]

Main cities and villages[change | change source]

  • Al Hofuf: capital city and has lots of traditional markets.
  • Al Mubarraz: large city with many big markets.
  • Al-Omran: has more than 15 villages and well known for the many farms.
  • Shaybah: oil town in the Empty Quarter.
  • More than 50 Villages.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Largest oasis". Guinness World Records.