Al-Ahsa

Land of deserts and historical oasis

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Al-Ahsa, El-Hasa, or Hadjar is a traditional oasis region located about 60 km inland from the coast of the Arabian Gulf. Its name is used by the Al-Ahsa Governorate, which comprises much of Eastern Province. Historically, Al Ahsa was the main city in Al Bahrain province, making up most of its population and providing most of its agricultural output.

Canyon in Al-Ahsa (photo: Florent Egal)

Canyon in Al-Ahsa (photo: Florent Egal)

The grounds of Al-Ahsa Region are mainly made of layers of limestone that erosion has sculpted throughout the millions of years after this land was no longer covered by the sea. As a result, roaming in Al-Ahsa Region guarantees some stunning viewpoints over landscape whose colors are of shades of white, and canyons with fancy rock shapes.

Typical landscape of Al-Ahsa Region with its wonderful shades of limestone (photo: F. Egal)

Typical landscape of Al-Ahsa Region with its wonderful shades of limestone (photo: F. Egal)

Desert flower in Al-Ahsa (photo: F. Egal)

Desert flower in Al-Ahsa (photo: F. Egal)

The eastern part of Al-Ahsa region is close enough to the Arabian Gulf to benefit from a higher levels of humidity than the central plateau of the Arabian Peninsula.

Thanks to this moisture regularly present in the air it is possible to see grass on sand dunes and colorful flowers, especially at the end of the raining season in March-April.

Desert flower in Al-Ahsa (photo: F. Egal)

Desert flower in Al-Ahsa (photo: F. Egal)


Land of deserts and historical oasis (author: Florent Egal)

About the Author

My name is Florent Egal, I am a French national living in Riyadh since January 2010. After six years of exploration of Saudi Arabia I have decided to show with this website that KSA has much more to offer than the stereotype landscape of empty extends of sand dunes. I hope that after reading through these pages people will feel the same willingness and amazement than I have to discover this fascinating country

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