The season of harvesting “Sarram” dates from the palm trees of the Al-Ahsa Oasis began with the emergence of the star of Suhail. With the advent of the harvest season, the farmers live rites that reflect the local culture linked with the palm.
Al-Ahsa markets receive varieties of dates, which are matched by a seasonal purchasing movement from inside and outside the Kingdom. This season has become a social and economic occasion that farmers await every year.
Al-Ahsa, in eastern Saudi Arabia, is one of the world’s largest and most famous natural palm oases, with over two million palm trees producing roughly 1.5 million tonnes of the finest dates each year.
Al-Ahsa Oasis is the largest in the world in palm cultivation
Dr. Nashi Al-Qahtani, Director of King Faisal University’s Research Center, noted that the Al-Ahsa Oasis has the world’s greatest palm cultivation and date output, and was known for its quantity of water and fertile soil.
The area planted with palms is 8,000 hectares, which represents about 9.5% of the number of palm trees in the Kingdom, which exceeds 30 million palm trees.
He noted that the Sram date auction is a major economic stream for farmers and contributes to the revitalization of the Al-Ahsa Governorate’s economy, which comprises 32 date-producing industries.