TRAVEL | Al-Asha Named World’s Largest Date Palm Oasis By Guinness

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Culture Minister Prince Bader Bin Abdullah Bin Frahan announce Thursday, that Al-Ahsa Governorate has been registered in the Guinness World Records at 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.

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 Jeddah, and rock art site Jubbah and Shuaimis in Hail.

In addition to its rich environment and natural wealth, Al-Asha also had a deep history and rich civilization. Many civilization settled in it and used it as a strategic bridge connecting them to the rest of the world. It includes many heritage site 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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