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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 kilometres (50 mi) 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.