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Sakakah

Sakakah
سكاكا
Sakakah is located in Saudi Arabia
Sakakah
Sakakah
Location in Al Jawf Province, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates:
Country  Saudi Arabia
Province Al Jawf
Area
 • Total 100 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 566 m (1,857 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 242,813
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)

Sakakah (Arabic: سكاكا‎), is an oasis town in northwestern Saudi Arabia and is the capital of Al Jawf Province. It is located just to the north of the An Nafud desert. Sakakah had a population of 242,813 at the 2010 Census.[1][2]

Agriculture

Al-Jawf is notable for its abundant agricultural water, making possible the cultivation of dates (200,000 Palms) and olives (12,000,000 trees), as well as other agricultural products. Farms number around 16,000, and agricultural projects around 1,500. It is the home of some agribusiness farms such as Watania Farms,[3] the largest organic farm in the kingdom. The fertile agricultural land of Al-Jawf is due largely to underground water, which drew delegates of King Abdul Aziz. They were sent to the town of Sakaka and Dowmat Al-Jandal and Qurayat, requesting resident tribes there to join the nascent kingdom. Sakaka is home to many Saudi families that can proudly trace their lineage to a few large, old tribes that have dominated the area since time immemorial.

Historical Places

The history of Al-Jawf dates back more than four thousand years. It is the home of many historic & prehistoric archaeological sites such Za'bal Castle & Well, the Omar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, located in Dowmat Al-Jandal and Mard Castle (just south of Sakaka). There are also the ancient Rajajil standing stones in Sakaka, dating back nearly 6,000 years.

Modernization

Many areas of Saudi Arabia are struggling to develop and modernize in a short span of time. In recent years, the Saudi government has been pouring money in the region of Al-Jawf, especially in Sakaka, to help develop this economically starved region of the kingdom. For this reason, the city is full of brand new government buildings, schools & hospitals that are very new, built adjacent to crumbling ruins of older buildings that are decades old and in dire need of repair. One major feature of the city is the rapidly expanding University of Al-Jouf (Jami'at Al-Jawf), founded in 2005.[4] The King hopes the university to become a pillar of social, cultural, and intellectual advancement for Saudi Arabia. There are several government-run schools and some private schools. The city has two English schools,Sakaka International School, which is an Indian School and has CBSE curriculum, and the other Al-Jouf International school with British curriculum.

Climate

[5]

Climate data for Sakaka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
18.8
(65.8)
23.4
(74.1)
29.3
(84.7)
34.2
(93.6)
37.8
(100)
39.4
(102.9)
39.4
(102.9)
38.1
(100.6)
32.6
(90.7)
23.2
(73.8)
17.3
(63.1)
29.08
(84.34)
Daily mean °C (°F) 9.7
(49.5)
12.6
(54.7)
16.7
(62.1)
22.6
(72.7)
27.5
(81.5)
31
(88)
32.9
(91.2)
32.8
(91)
31
(88)
25.5
(77.9)
17.2
(63)
11.2
(52.2)
22.56
(72.65)
Average low °C (°F) 4
(39)
6.5
(43.7)
10
(50)
15.9
(60.6)
20.8
(69.4)
24.2
(75.6)
26.4
(79.5)
26.2
(79.2)
23.9
(75)
18.4
(65.1)
11.2
(52.2)
5.2
(41.4)
16.06
(60.89)
Precipitation mm (inches) 11
(0.43)
4
(0.16)
9
(0.35)
13
(0.51)
0
(0)
2
(0.08)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
10
(0.39)
6
(0.24)
9
(0.35)
64
(2.51)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 550m)[5]

See also

the postal code of Al-qurayyat is 77413

References

  1. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia: Sakaka". Geohive. 
  2. ^ Taher, Mohamed (1998). Encyclopaedic Survey of Islamic Culture. Anmol Publications.  
  3. ^ Watania Farms website
  4. ^ University of Al-Jouf website
  5. ^ a b "Climate: Sakaka - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 

External links

  • A travel through the province of Al Jouf, Splendid Arabia: A travel site with photos and routes


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