Al Jouf Tourism
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Get a taste of Al Jouf

Culture, history and olives await

When in Al Jouf, Go and Explore

  • The Largest Olive Farm
    The Largest Modern Olive Farm

    The Largest Modern Olive Farm

    Al Jouf has been growing olives — a staple in the Saudi culinary scene — since 2007. Today, this area in the northern part of the country is home to the largest modern olive farm in the world, a title awarded by Guinness World Records to the Al Jouf Agricultural Development Company, whose more than 5 million olive trees produce about 15,000 tons of olive oil per year. Don’t miss the opportunity to go out to eat and enjoy dishes that incorporate the area’s local olives and olive oil. Traveling in winter? January traditionally sees the area’s annual two-week Olive Festival, which features cultural, social, recreational and educational events, including art contests and seminars about olive cultivation.

  • The Columns of Rajajil

    The Columns of Rajajil

    A tour of the enigmatic Rajajil columns is a fascinating journey into the mysteries of ancient Arabia. Often called the Stonehenge of Arabia, Rajajil is a collection of more than 50 groups of standing monoliths carved from ochre sandstone. Originally thought to have astrological functions, the ancient stones are now known to be burial sites. Excavations have unearthed a vast funerary complex along with tools and materials that date the site to the fifth or sixth millennium B.C.
  • Views from Zaabal Castle

    Views from Zaabal Castle

    Although the current structure was built more than 200 years ago, Zaabal Castle includes features that date back to the Nabataean civilization. Located north of Sakaka, this mountaintop castle sits above an artesian well system that has supplied the city’s inhabitants with fresh water for centuries. The fort’s four towers are connected by a single wall and offer an exceptional panoramic view of the city.

Travel tips

  • Where to stay
    Enjoy facilities like a badminton court and hot spring bath at the centrally located Raoum Inn Sakaka; the garden and heated pool at the Hyatt Alfursan Hotel in Al Qurayyat; or the close proximity to the airport and Al Jouf Plaza shopping center at the Olive Land Hotel in Sakaka.
  • Where to eat
    Try traditional tea poured from a tall metal pot at Meshkal Diwaniyah; seafood and Egyptian cuisine at Soufragy; themed international cuisine at Gulinar, the main restaurant at Al Nusl Hotel; or regional eats at restaurant chain Al Tazaj.
  • Where to have fun
    Go wildlife spotting southwest of Sakaka at Al Khunfah Natural Reserve, home to turtles, mountain gazelles and a wide variety of bird species, including rock doves and lappet-faced vultures. Then discover the ancient city of Dumat Al Jandal, where you can roam the ruins of Marid Castle and what remains of Al Dar’i Quarter.
  • Rent a car
    Car rentals are available at Al Jouf Domestic Airport from companies like AlRehaili Car Rental, and in the town of Sakaka from both AlRehaili and iYelo.

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