ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s historic Uqair seaport

The port has seen the launch of Islamic armies that conquered Persia, India and reached the borders of China. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
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Updated 09 February 2020

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s historic Uqair seaport

Uqair was the first seaport in the Arabian Gulf and is located in Al-Ahsa governorate on the east coast of Saudi Arabia. It is an archaeological site that connects with many adjacent historic features in the area.

When the Kingdom was established, Uqair was its economic gateway, and the main port through which to access the east and the middle of the country. Its historic position was strengthened due to the political agreements established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz. There are old buildings such as the governorate center, customs building and the mosque. 

The port has seen the launch of Islamic armies that conquered Persia, India and reached the borders of China.


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