Located in the east of the kingdom, Al Ahsa’s verdant lands are UNESCO-listed and home to one of the world’s largest natural oases. Amid the date palm groves, farmland and natural springs, Al Ahsa houses historical sites that date back to the Neolithic era. If you thought that Saudi Arabia was all desert, this is the place to dispel you of that notion.
At just over 200 meters high, the limestone hills of Al Qarah offer a gentle climb, rewarded with spectacular views across the region. Take time to enjoy the vista, before exploring the hive of caves and passageways cut into the rock.
For generations, local potters have been crafting works at the Dougha Handmade Pottery Factory, one of the oldest of its kind in the region. Try your hand at creating something of your own at the wheel, or pick up a souvenir to take home.
Built by the indigenous Bani Abd al-Qays tribe, the Jawatha Mosque dates back to the seventh year of hijra and is believed to be the first developed in the kingdom’s Eastern Province. While most of the original building has been lost, a restoration process means that prayers can once again be held there five times a day and all visitors are welcome.