AL Qassim is one of the thirteen administrative regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is located at the center of the country, it has a population of 1,370,727 and an area of 58,046 km². It is known to be the "alimental basket" of the country as of its agricultural assets. AL Qassim is the richest region per capital in the Kingdom. It is the seventh most populated region in the country after Jizan which located in south region. The capital city of AL Qassim is Buraydah, which has around 49% of the region's total population. The governor of the province is Prince Faisal bin Mishaal.
Al Qassim Location
The province is located in the center of the Kingdom, and approximately 400 km northwest of Riyadh, the capital City. It is bordered by Ha'il Region to the north, by AL Madinah Region to the west, and by Riyadh Region to the south and east. Al-Qassim's airport is Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Airport.
Agriculture in Al Qassim
AL Qassim region has more than eight millions of Trees (Palm Trees), and it makes the region of AL Qassim as one of the Middle-East largest producers of luxury dates, and producing an annual amount of 205 thousand tons of various types of dates, which gives the region of AL Qassim a high economic value by exporting large amounts of dates nationally and internationally, especially in the Gulf Countries. Multi- cities in the region of AL Qassim markets their dates production with dates festivals that mostly start in the month of September, Although Buraydah has one of the largest festivals in the region, at which a lot of people come from all over the Gulf Countries to buy their yearly demand of dates. Along with tourism, agriculture is the cornerstone of Al-Qassim's economy. AL Qassim has been famous for its agricultural assets for many years. AL Qassim also produces grapes, dates, grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and a huge number of vegetables. AL Qassim also hosts one of the biggest camel markets in the world, due to its central location.
Tourism in Al Qassim
According to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTA), AL Qassim has been recognized as the number one province in the Kingdom in organizing festivals and events, with an annual number of 173 events in 2014. AL Qassim Province is rich in heritage, nature, and traditional handicrafts, and its geographical location makes it the hub of diverse cultures and various festivals. Each season in Qassim has a certain festival and a specific occasion that highlights the prominent features of that season. During summer vacation, for nearly a month, various events and festivals are organized in Qassim and its governorates and are held in the markets, museums, public parks, and other locations as per the nature of the event. Such festivals are popular with the entire community, and are attended by women, men and children. The most famous events hosted in Qassim are the Buraidah Recreational Festival, Unaizah Tourism Festival, and the Al-Mithnib Summer Festival.
Transportation in Al Qassim
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport is an International airport, serving destinations to Gulf countries, as well as Eygpt and Turkey. AL Qassim Regional Airport and widely known in the air-travel industry. The airport was established in 1964. The airport is 30 km West of Buraydah and 40 km North West of Unayzah. According to (GACA), the number of travelers has increased from 595,170 travelers in 2011 to 1,150,000 travelers in 2014.
The North South Railway Line is a 2,750 kilometers railway line, built by (SAR) the Saudi Railway Company in Saudi Arabia. Operating and connecting to Northern Borders Region, Ha'il Region, Riyadh Region, and AL Qassim Region.
Education in Al Qassim
AL Qassim region is served by schools in every town for all three educational levels and includes (Private school, public school, and an international school) AL Qassim has around 263,379 female and male students, 33,061 female and male teachers and 2,533 Schools. AL Qassim region have a number of governments, private colleges and universities.