ThePlace: Khuzam Palace in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa attract lovers of heritage and historical tourism

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Updated 11 September 2021

ThePlace: Khuzam Palace in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa attract lovers of heritage and historical tourism

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  • The Bedouin arrival in the region used to pose a threat to local farmers, especially during peak seasons of the year

Al-Ahsa governorate contains many monuments and palaces that attract lovers of heritage and historical tourism, with the most famous being Khuzam Palace.
The historical building, which tourists, visitors, and historical researchers from inside and outside the Kingdom flock to year-round, showcases the stories and events of the region over the past two centuries.
The palace is located at the edge of Al-Mazruiyah neighborhood west of Al-Hofuf, which was previously a residence quarter for the Bedouin, who used to travel to Al-Ahsa during summers. They spent about two months exchanging goods for their travels onward, such as dates, ghee, textiles, guns and ammunition.
The Bedouin arrival in the region used to pose a threat to local farmers, especially during peak seasons of the year. As a result, the castle was built on the main road that acted as the gateway to Al-Ahsa from the western side.
A large garrison was stationed in the castle to protect Al-Ahsa and deter conflict over important resources between the tribes that settled in the region. Close to the western side of the palace, there is a natural spring that was once considered the main source of water for the Bedouin. A smaller spring is also located inside the palace.
The palace’s area covers about 5,600 square meters and it is surrounded by walls. A main entrance door is located in the middle of the northern wall, with nearby sentry posts for guards.
Towers at the center of the palace are square-shaped and feature three openings to guard the palace from attackers.