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The main street in Thuwal.
The main street in Thuwal.
Thuwal is located in Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 22°17′N 39°06′E / 22.283°N 39.100°E / 22.283; 39.100Coordinates: 22°17′N 39°06′E / 22.283°N 39.100°E / 22.283; 39.100
Country  Saudi Arabia
Province Makkah Province
Governorate Jeddah
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)

Thuwal (Arabic: ثول‎) is a village belonging to the governorate of Jeddah in the Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia 80 kilometers north of Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Thuwal had long been a fishing center until the Royal Saudi Navy re-constructed the village.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which officially opened in September 2009, is located in Thuwal.[1]

The town is also experiencing an increase in business due to its proximity to the King Abdullah Economic City.

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  1. ^ Slackman, Michael. "A Saudi Gamble to See if Seeds of Change Will Grow," New York Times. November 20, 2009.