Hofuf

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Hofuf
Street in Hofuf
Street in Hofuf
Hofuf is located in Saudi Arabia
Hofuf
Hofuf
Location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 25°23′N 49°35′E / 25.383°N 49.583°E / 25.383; 49.583
Country Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia
Province Hofuf
Government
 • Mayor Bin Jalawi
 • Provincial Governor Muhammed Bin Fahd
Population (2005)
 • Total 400,000
  Hofuf Municipality estimate
Postal Code (5 digits)
Area code(s) +966-3
Website [1]

Al-Hofuf (also Hofuf , Hofof' or Hufuf, also known as Al-Hasa and Al-Ahsa[1]) (Arabic: الهفوفal-Hufūf) is the major urban center in the Al-Ahsa Oasis in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. It is also very well known for being one of the largest Dates producers in the world.

Overview[edit]

The city proper has a population of ? (2009 census) and is part of a larger populated oasis area of towns and villages of around 600,000. It is located inland, southwest of Abqaiq and the DhahranDammamAl-Khobar metropolitan area on the road south to Haradh. It is the closest city to the famous Ghawar oil field, one of the world's largest conventional (land-based) fields.

Hofuf is one of the major cultural centers in Saudi Arabia. A lot of well-known families live there. The faculties of agriculture, veterinary medicine and animal resources for King Faisal University are located in the city (the others being in Dammam). The Hofuf campus also has facilities where Saudi women can study medicine, dentistry and home economics.

Legend places this as the burial place of Laila and Majnoon, the star-crossed pair of the most popular love story in the Arab and Muslim world. The Queen of Sheba is also fabled to have visited this city from her kingdom in Yemen.

Economy[edit]

Historically, Hofuf made textiles out of wool, silk, and cotton. As of 1920, the city was known for making coffeepots from silver and brass.[2]

Culture[edit]

The International Random Film Festival will be hosted in Hofuf in January 2015.

Transport[edit]

Airport[edit]

Although the city has two airports, it is served by King Fahd International Airport which is 130 km away in Dammam. Of the local airports, the old one is abandoned, and the new one, Al-Ahsa Domestic Airport, is being used primarily by Saudi Aramco. It offers limited service to the general public, with only two weekly flights to and from Jeddah offered by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al-Hofuf Travel Information and Travel Guide - Saudi Arabia". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Prothero, G.W. (1920). Arabia. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 99. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°23′N 49°35′E / 25.383°N 49.583°E / 25.383; 49.583