Surrounded by lush date palm plantations, Ar Rass is a bustling city in Saudi Arabia's Al Qassim Province. It's anchored by a lively business district and dotted with a handful of unique cultural attractions. You can gaze up at ancient Islamic towers, visit historic museums and devour traditional Bedouin cuisine.
Things to do in Ar Rass
Shaped like a cone, the Alshnanah Historical Tower is one of the top attractions in Ar Rass. The ancient Islamic observation tower dates back to the 18th century and once served as an important lookout for local Al Qassim tribes.
The Prince Door Compartment sits in the heart of the city and offers a fascinating glimpse at the walls that once encircled Ar Rass. The fortifications date back to the 13th century and let you wander around the ruins and admire the ancient craftsmanship.
For a glimpse at Saudi Arabian culture, don't miss the Grandfather House Museum. It's housed in a historic building and is filled with local artefacts, ancient weapons, traditional instruments, folk dress and hand-carved furniture. You'll also find a fantastic collection of vintage cars outside the museum entrance.
Al Rass is anchored by a bustling business district dotted with upmarket hotels and restaurants. It's a great place to sample local Al Qassim cuisine, such as juicy shawarma and crispy falafel. You can also explore local markets selling a bounty of dates, lemons and oranges grown in the Al Qassim Province.
Getting around Ar Rass
The easiest way to get around Ar Rass and the Al Qassim Province is by car. Taxis and local buses are also a quick way to get from A to B. From Ar Rass, the drive to Buraydah takes around 90 minutes.