AlUla — A Flourishing Oasis that Feeds the Region


AlUla Governorate boasts a thriving agricultural sector, which plays a pivotal role in its economic development.
Farms in the region are a “food basket” both for the governorate residents and for those in neighboring areas, like Madinah, Jeddah, Tabuk, Hail and Riyadh. The abundance of its produce attracts citizens and residents to its dedicated festivals and events.
The region’s diverse agricultural production is the result of its ideal climate and fertile soil. Date palms, a cornerstone of AlUla’s agriculture, flourish alongside a variety of citrus fruits, mangoes, grapes, pomegranates, figs, and grains. Barley, corn, and legumes are also significant crops, while vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, okra, onions, peppers, and leafy greens contribute to the region’s agricultural bounty.
Statistics by the Royal Commission for AlUla Governorate’s agriculture center paint a clear picture of AlUla’s agricultural output. The governorate produces a staggering 127,000 tons of fruit annually, cultivated on over 18,000 hectares. Grain production also thrives, exceeding 800 tons annually on more than 200 hectares. Fodder production is another significant contributor, with over 40,000 tons grown on an area exceeding 2,000 hectares.
Outdoor winter vegetables that grow on more than 60 hectares are a vital part of AlUla’s agricultural landscape, with a production exceeding 1,565 tons annually. Summer vegetables grown outdoors are equally impressive, reaching over 2,150 tons annually on an area of 101 hectares. Protected vegetable farms utilizing controlled environments contribute over 1,500 tons annually on about 25 hectares.
A recent tour by a Saudi Press Agency reporter documented the diverse crops thriving in AlUla’s fertile fields and farms.