Saudi Arabia new UNESCO WHS

With its 2.5 million date palms, Al-Ahsa Oasis is the largest oasis in the world, its now a Saudi Arabia UNESCO site.

Al-Ahsa Date Oasis - കാക്കര
Al-Ahsa Date Oasis – കാക്കര

The town has a portfolio of 12 sites that collectively have been included on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Lists.

Qasr Ibrahim Mosque - François Cristofoli
Qasr Ibrahim Mosque – François Cristofoli

They include much of the date palm oasis of about 6,000hectares, the forts Qasr Ibrahim & Qasr Sahood dating from the Ottoman period and Qasr Khuzam.

Al-Asfar lake ecosystem - François Cristofoli
Al-Asfar lake ecosystem – François Cristofoli

The original Suq area Suq al-Qaysariyah (near Qasr Ibrahim) two outlying archaeological sites and a wetland,Al-Asfar Lake,  to the east of the oasis are also included as is Jawatha Mosque which is stated to have been constructed during the life of the Prophet Mohammed.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4

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