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Buraydah is located in Saudi Arabia
Location in Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 26°20′N 43°58′E / 26.333°N 43.967°E / 26.333; 43.967
Country  Saudi Arabia
Region Al Qassim Region
 • Tory (?) Faisal bin Bandar
 • City 1,291 km2 (498.3 sq mi)
 • Metro 1,290.6 km2 (498.3 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • City 614,093
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.buraydahcity.net

Buraydah (Arabic: بريدةBurayda) is the capital of Al-Qassim Region in northcentral Saudi Arabia in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula. Buraydah lies equidistant from the Red Sea to the west and the Persian Gulf to the east. It has a population of 614,093 (2010 census).

Buraydah, the regional capital of Al-Qassim Region, is located on the edge of the Wadi Al-Rummah. Buraydah has a typical desert climate, with hot summers, cold winters and low humidity.

In Buraydah, agriculture is still the cornerstone of the economy. The traditional oasis products of dates, lemon, orange and other fruits are still important. Modern introduction of wheat production has become so successful that Buraydah is one of the largest producers in the kingdom, important in making Saudi Arabia a net exporter of cereal.

In 1987 Sandra Mackey, author of The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom, said that Buraydah was "a hotbed of fundamentalism even in the most normal of circumstances."[1]

Notable landmarks[edit]

  • Museum of Buraydah: it is on King Abdul Aziz Road next to King Khaled Beridp civilization, and there are days devoted for families and days for young people, and it has on display the area's heritage from all different aspects of life.
  • Market trades and handicrafts
  • King Khalid Park and Garden: in the vicinity of the Museum, a major Buraydah gardens open to visitors every day and in meetings and places for children is innocent and is in the summer, the administration of the summer activities for families and children.
  • Buraydah, a water tower: and opened to visitors in the summer (festival).
  • Alaieri resort: in the north of the northern town of Buraydah ring, a number of chalets.
  • Gulf Park entertainment: located in West Buraydah on the Western Ring Road and the chalets and a large swimming pool and places to sit and play electronic games.

Roads and transport[edit]

Highways link Buraydah to the major cities surrounding it. It is 317 kilometers by highway to get to Riyadh, 450 km to get to Medina, and 250 kilometers to get to Hail. One can travel up to the border of Jordan, through a single region of Mecca, in a dual network of roads linking it with the rest of the provinces of Qassim. Buraydah is historically one of the old pilgrim routes coming from Iraq through Zubaydh. There is now a proposed railway line that would go through the city and greatly increase mobility for its citizens.

Qassim Regional Airport is the city's principal airport, connecting the city to several domestic and international cities such as Dubai and Cairo.


The city has experienced very high rates of population growth. Its officially counted population in the city limits in 2010 was 614,093.[2]

Year Population
1888 10,000
1935 35,000
1960 45,000
1970 56,000
1972 60,000
1974 69,000
1992 248,000
2004 505,000
2010 614,093

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  1. ^ Mackey, p. 234.
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Regions & Major Cities - Statistics & Maps on City Population". Citypopulation.de. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

Coordinates: 26°20′N 43°58′E / 26.333°N 43.967°E / 26.333; 43.967