Explore Saudi’s Al Jouf region
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Explore Saudi’s Al Jouf region

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When in Al Jouf, Go and See

The Largest Modern 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 kingdom 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 50groups 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 structures 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.

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