Discover Saudi Arabia’s agricultural heartland. Gassim, a largely desert province, lies to the west of the country’s capital, Riyadh, in the centre of the Arabian Peninsula. From here, you can easily explore nearby towns and provinces – passing sand dunes, camels and date palms along the way.
Top things to see and do
- Head to the provincial capital, Buraydah, and learn about the history of this region at the Museum of Buraydah.
- See the biggest, most chaotic camel market in the world on the sandy fringes of Buraydah.
- Pick up some fresh fruit in Unayzah, Gassim’s second largest city, renowned for its date palms and citrus fruits.
- Venture north of Gassim to the Al-Jouf province to see the alluring historic city of Dumat al Jandal.
- Take a tour to the dusty desert city of Al Diriyah, where you’ll see fine examples of mud brick architecture and learn about the lives of 18th century Saudi Royalty.
Tips for travellers
Take advantage of the region’s agricultural prowess by sampling some delicious, fruit-based sweets – such as pomegranate jelly and cinnamon date cake.