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Al-Ahsa Named World’s Largest Date Palm Oasis by Guinness

Al-Ahsa Named World’s Largest Date Palm Oasis by Guinness

Friday, 9 October, 2020 - 11:30
Al-Ahsa Governorate is home to more 2.5 million palm trees that feed on the vast aquifer (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Culture Minister Prince Bader Bin Abdallah Bin Frahan announced today, Thursday, that Al-Ahsa Governorate has been registered in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest date palm oasis.

According to Guinness’s website, the oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a vast aquifer through 280 artesian springs, extending over an area of more than 85.4 square kilometers (32.9 square miles).

The Heritage Commission turned the global encyclopedia’s attention to Al-Ahsa Oasis, a Saudi Arabian site registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, alongside Al-Hijr in Al-Ula, the Al-Turaif neighborhood in historic Ad Diriyah, historic Jeddah, and rock art site Jubbah and Shuaimis in Hail.

In addition to its rich environment and natural wealth, Al-Ahsa also has a deep history and rich civilization. Many civilizations settled in it and used it as a strategic bridge connecting them to the rest of the world. It includes many heritage sites and some of the globe’s oldest human settlements. Its date-palm oasis is the largest palm oasis surrounded by sand in the world.

The Guinness World Records had recently registered Maraya Concert Hall as the world’s largest mirror-clad building. Alongside other records, they have contributed to Saudi Arabia becoming the second most featured Arab country in the Guinness World Record.

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