Al Qassim


Al Qassim is an administrative area followed by 13 provinces, and the city of Buraidah is its administrative capital. The Qassim region is famous for agriculture and for being the cornerstone of the local economy.
 
Location
Qassim borders the north and north-west of Hail, south and east of Riyadh, and south-west of Medina.
Al Qassim is of great importance as it is located between the major regions of the Kingdom and covers an area of over 70,000 square kilometers.
 
Climate
In summer, the Al Qassim climate is desert continental, dry and hot, whereas in winter it is cold and wet.  In summer, temperature reaches 45°C, and in winter they can fall up to -3°C.
One of the most important agricultural products of Al Qassim are dates, lemons, oranges and other fruits.  Wheat production has also become so successful that the city of Buraidah is now one of the largest sources of agricultural production in the Kingdom.
 
Hospitals
The Qassim region includes a number of hospitals and public and private health facilities, including King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Buraidah Central Hospital, Childbirth and Child Hospital in Buraidah, King Saud Hospital in Unaiza, Al-Rass Hospital, Prince Sultan Center for Cardiac Surgery and Prince Faisal Center for Oncology .
 
Qassim University
Qassim University was established in 2004 by merging two branches of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University and King Saud University. Since its inception, the University has seen remarkable growth in enrollment rates and a significant expansion in the recruitment of faculty and administrative staff.
 
Cultural and archaeological landmarks
Al Qassim is rich in heritage, natural landmarks and traditional handicrafts. Its geographical location allows it to be a centre of diverse cultures and festivals, especially the Festival of Dates, which takes place annually in August and September.
Al-Qassim region contains a number of archaeological sites such as: Al-Shunana Tower, Al-Suwailem Square, Al-Khobara Village, Al-Naslaa Rock, Al-Mathnab Village, Souk Al- Al Musawkaf, and Beit Al Bassam.
It is also known for  the Al Awshziyah lake, the ruins of the city of Al-Rass, the Al-Aoqilat Museum, the Equestrian Square, the engraved inscriptions on the Kuwaifer Plateau, the Al-Dubaikhi Palace, the King Khalid Cultural Center, Jabal Rama and Mount Ramattan.
 
Dates City
A shopping trip to the Al Qassim dates market is an unforgettable experience, especially when you visit during the harvest season in August and September.  The date city has the main market in Buraidah, where the Dates Annual Festival is organized.  Additionally, there are markets for selling perennial and seasonal dates.

Water Tower
The three-storey water tower in Buraidah is considered a distinctive landmark and tourist attraction for the region.  It comprises an open floor at the top, with a 1,000 square meter reception hall including a balcony allowing visitors to take in panoramic views across the city.

Buraidah Public Park
This beautiful park occupies 49,000 square meters and features a swimming pool, fountains, waterfalls, café, children’s playground and basketball court and is a great day out for the whole family.

Shopping in Al Qassim
Visitors can shop for unique antiques, textiles and traditional arts in Al Qassim’s main cities of Buraidah and Unaizah. There are many souks located around the region where you can find souvenirs to take home and treasure.
There are also many shopping malls in the Al Qassim region offering a wide selection of international brands including Al-Othaim Mall (Buraidah), Al Nakheel Mall (Buraidah), and Sahara Mall (Ar Rass).