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Posted on 08/19/2022


The Largest Modern Olive Farm in Al Jouf 

Al Jouf has been growing olives — a staple in the Saudi culinary scene — since 2007. Today, this area in the northern part of the country is home to the largest modern olive farm in the world, a title awarded by Guinness World Records to the Al Jouf Agricultural Development Company, whose more than 5 million olive trees produce about 15,000 tons of olive oil per year. January traditionally sees the area’s annual two-week Olive Festival, which features cultural, social, recreational and educational events, including art contests and seminars about olive cultivation.

The Traditional Dishes of the Najd Region

Najdi cuisine is influenced by the region’s topography and desert climates—Najd dishes are hearty and wholesome, the food is dominated by rich stews, wheat, and rice dishes paired with fragrant spices. The heirloom recipes differ from family to family and have been passed down the generations. The traditional cooking in the Najd is known for lengthy preparation, however, this labor of love is certainly worth the wait.

Hail (Photo credit: Saudi Tourism Authority) 

Inviting Umluj Eats

Publicized as being the Saudi Maldives, Umluj is truly a trending destination for unforgettable getaways. Boat racing with dolphins, tanning, swimming, and chasing sunsets is heaps of fun under the sun. But Umluj is also known for the cultivation of cream-of-the-crop mangos, guava, lemon, figs, and fresh seafood. Its most popular dishes include 

Medina on a Plate 

Despite growing leaps and bounds from its humble origins, Medina still retains its historic character as an oasis town. Medina's cuisine is all about locally grown produce, be it the dates, herbs, or even the famed mint leaves. The city's cuisine uses these ingredients in different recipes, in one way or another. Must-try local flavors include: 

Kabza (Photo credit: Saudi Tourism Authority)

Sharqiya's Fresh Basket

The Eastern Province is the largest in the country, and one of the best ways to explore its diversity is through the local fare. The vast province shares its border with many countries. Their culinary influences can be traced to almost every traditional dish found here. Here are some of the region’s most popular dishes:


About Saudi Tourism Authority Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), launched in June 2020, markets Saudi Arabia’s tourism destinations worldwide and develops the Kingdom’s offering through programs, packages and business support. Its mandate includes developing the country’s unique assets and destinations, hosting and participating in industry events, and promoting Saudi Arabia’s tourism brand locally and overseas.


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