InterContinental Al Ahsa
Start with morning Coffee at al Dehliz Café a Walking distance from the hotel. Enjoy the fresh flavoured coffee with local cookies freshly prepared for you. Visit then the Qaser Ibrahim Palace and the Museum (exactly 1 km away from the hotel), originally built in 1551 by the invading Turkish army, where you will explore the opportunity to see the old life of Al Ahsa.
For lunch go to Topaz restaurant, a multi cuisine restaurant serving Indo Chines, Mediterranean and Oriental food. Then make a visit to Jabal Qarah, also called Ash-Shab'an mountain, in the middle of a palm filled oasis. The mountain is famous for its gigantic caves: cold in summer and warm in winter.
In the evening, when it's cooler, visit the Al Qaisariyah Souk market for traditional and local herbs and perfumes. Followed by a Italian dinner at Organo restaurant , an authentic Italian cuisines. You should still have time to go to the textile factory, Bisht, where they weave much of the cloth you see in the souks.
Al Ahsa Name
The name Al Ahsa describes the physical nature of the area. The word Hasa is the plural of the arabic word 'hasi' which means sand-covered rocky land that stores water.
The area boasts more than two million fruitful date palms with 300,000 trees irrigated fountains and underground wells. Al-Ahsa Oasis has largest agricultural area estimated about 20,000 hectares . Around 3 million date palms produce finest varieties of dates called Kalkhas, Alrziz, Ciche, Elgar, Khunaizi, Zmily and many others.
Science and literature
Al Ahsa was the destination of the divine Islamic science scholars who travelled from India, Africa and the Middle East and brought religion and literature in addition to scientific knowledge.