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Al Qaseem

 

       Situated in central Saudi Arabia, the Al Qaseem region is bordered on the north by the Hayel region, on the east by Al Zulfi, on the south by the Al Washam region and on the west by the Al Madinah Al Munawarrah region. It has a total area of 80,000 square kilometers and a population of 1.5 million.

The history of al Qaseem region dates back to the 9th Hijri century. Due to its important location at the junction of major trade routes, the region witnessed a wide range of historical events. Many revolve revolve round the Zubaidah route, which begins in Iraq and ending in Makkah Al Mukaramah; it has been used by Haj caravans. Zubaidah; wife of the Caliph Haroon Al Rasheed, dug wells along this route to supply pilgrims with water.

Buraidah is one of the Al Qaseem region's most important cites. It is the headquarters of the Governor, the Local Council, branches of governmental departments, a branch of King Saud University and a branch of Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University in addition to a number of colleges and institutes. King Khaled Urban Center is one of Buraida's most important landmarks. It contains exhibits, museums and a special area for popular festivals. The Prince Abdullah Sports City is also one of Buraidah's features. 160,000 square kilometers in area, it contains playgrounds and a football stadium with a capacity of 20,000 spectators. Buraidah's public park covers an area of 49,000 square kilometers. It has a swimming-pool, fountains, artificial water falls, children's playgrounds and rest places for visitors.

Buraidah's three-storeyed water tower is one of the city's tourist and aesthetic landmarks. The top floor contains a 1,000 square-meter reception hall with a balcony overlooking the city from all directions. The tower is surrounded by a 45,000 square-meter green area. Unaizah is the second largest city in the Al Qaseem region with a population of more than 120,000. It is famous for its date palms, libraries and agriculture. It possesses about 500,000 date palms and cultivate wheat orange, lemon, pomegranate, grapes and mandarin oranges. Unaizah's numerous libraries include the National library, the Al Salihiya Library, the Unaizah Cultural Club's Library, the Ibn Salih Cultural Center Library and the Women's Library.

Near Unaizah and in the middle of the desert there are several fish farms producing more than 1,000 tons of fish annually.

 

 

 

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