A Day in Al Ahsa – Best Places to Visit
Do you have any upcoming plans to visit Saudi Arabia? Well, considering you’ve clicked on this article, I’d assume so, and, in that case, why not visit Al Ahsa, the largest governorate in Saudi Arabia. The oasis at Al Ahsa is the biggest in the world and alongside it are a number of other tourist destinations.
Witness Saudi Arabia’s undiscovered, lush green landscapes by travelling to Al Ahsa and other areas. The natural oases located there are breathtakingly beautiful and you will, undoubtedly, fall in love with this location with its date farms, yellow lake, Uqair beach, and other attractions.
Visiting the serene Jawatha Mosque should be the first stop on your journey. It is regarded as the earliest mosque built in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province and is said to have been the first location outside of Medina to hold Friday prayers in Saudi Arabia.
The tribe of Bani Abd al-Qays, who formerly lived here, constructed the mosque. The mosque’s foundations have been meticulously repaired so that prayers may be offered there five times each day, despite the loss of the majority of the original construction.
Next up is the Ibrahim Palace, a well-known site in Al Ahsa, after visiting the Jawatha Mosque. The Palace dates back to the Ottoman era from when they ruled Arabia. The architectural design combines military and Islamic elements. The palace’s arches, domes, mihrabs, and minarets combine with its enormous towers, barracks, and horse stables, all of which are surrounded by a strong wall.
Make sure to journey to the most famous Al Ahsa Oasis, without it, your trip would be sorely lacking. The Oasis became Saudi Arabia’s fifth World Heritage Site when UNESCO designated it one in 2018.
While there you can visit the Environmental Park and sample khalasah dates, which are regarded as some of the best in the world.
Explore Yellow Lake, commonly known as Asfar Lake, in a 4×4. You’ll see many eagles, warblers, and plovers during your visit and the experience will be particularly enjoyable for all you bird lovers out there. You can also organize a picnic lunch, go kayaking or simply unwind by relaxing on the lake’s edge.
The surrounding scenery of Yellow Lake is truly picturesque and if you’re not careful, it’s incredibly easy to lose quite a few hours there.
Al Qarah Mountain
Get your hiking boots ready in preparation to climb the 220-metre Al Qarah Mountain and experience the breathtaking vista at the top. If trekking isn’t your thing, you may also participate in some traditional clay pot manufacturing at the Dougha Handmade Pottery Factory.