Al Ghat Traditional Villiage

Located 250 kilometers from the capital city Riyadh and close to Qassim Province is one of the largest and best conserved traditional villages of Saudi Arabia, Al-Ghat. Located on the northern bank of the Wadi Al-Ghat the heritage village stretches over 1,5 kilometers.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has an incredibly rich architecture heritage with dozens of styles throughout the whole country. Each region has its own architectural characteristics. That of Riyadh Province is the Najdi style with brilliant examples like Dir’iyah and Ushaiger.

An ancient oasis

The valley where the town lies is fed by rain water running down the nearby the Jebel Tuwaiq, the same escarpment that has the famous Edge of the World close to Riyadh.

Prehistoric tools shown at the Al-Ghat Museum prove that for millennia the inhabitants of Al-Ghat have exploited that available water. Testimony to human efforts to benefit from the water resources are the dams and wells that are still visible.

 

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