The Land of Festivals
Located at the very heart of Saudi Arabia, Qassim Province is a core agricultural region of Saudi Arabia. It is famous for the production of dates along with wheat, grapes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, and a wide variety of vegetables. The region is said to have over eight million palm trees and exports more than 200,000 tons of dates worldwide. An annual date festival is held in the capital city Buraydah after the harvest season. Different types of luxury dates, as well as other date products, are showcased in this 35-day long festival that attracts buyers and tourists in large quantities from the GCC region as well as other countries. Due to its massive agricultural output, the Qassim province is also referred to as the ‘alimental basket’ of Saudi Arabia.
Another interesting aspect of Qassim province is the number of festivals that are held in the region. Being the richest region per capita in Saudi Arabia as well as the 7th most populated region, Qassim province boasts over a hundred events every year. No matter which time of the year you visit, you are sure to find an interesting event taking place in the region. As per the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTA), in terms of hosting events and festivals, the Qassim region is the number one province in Saudi Arabia.