One of the largest and most famous natural oases across the globe, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa Oasis has been officially categorized as the world’s largest self-contained oasis by the Guinness World Records.
Spread across a total area of more than 85.4 square kilometers (32.9 square miles), the Al-Ahsa Oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a huge aquifer through 280 artesian springs.
Saudi Arabia’s cultural wing to organize and develop the heritage sector, The Saudi Heritage Commission exposed the Al-Ahsa Oasis, one of the sites of Saudi Arabia registered in the “UNESCO” World Heritage List to World Encyclopedia along with other regional registered attractions such as Al-Turaif neighborhood in historic Ad Diriyah, Al-Hijr in Al-Ula, historic Jeddah, and the sites of rock art in Jubbah and Shuaimis in Hail.
Other than the rich rich environmental heritage, the Al-Ahsa Oasis also has strong roots in the region’s history and civilization as it witnessed several civilizations and was used as a strategic communication bridge with the world.
The Oasis consists of several national heritage sites along with a few of the oldest human settlements dating back thousands of years. Its date-palm oasis is the largest palm oasis surrounded by sand in the world.
Saudi Arabia has been a host for several other “Guinness World Records” as well with the Maraya concert hall in AlUla being registered as the largest building covered with mirrors in the world earlier this year.
The Kingdom is placed second in the Arab world in the number of Guinness World Records it holds.