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Kharj
Arabic: 'al-kharj





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Kharj

Kharj, Saudi Arabia.
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Kharj, Saudi Arabia.

Kharj, Saudi Arabia.
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Photo: Tor Eigeland/PADIA/Saudi Aramco.

City and oasis in east-central Saudi Arabia with 220,000 inhabitants (2003 estimate), but is under the administration of Riyadh.
Kharj's status as a city is dubious, as it really is a large region made up of a number of separate small towns. The first city after Riyadh here is Sulaymaniya, which is not counted as part of Kharj.
Kharj houses a governmental farm, among the oldest of its kind in the country. Kharj oasis produces dates, vegetables and fruits. There is also livestock and poultry, as well as horse breeding. There are also large industries for processed food.
Kharj has excellent connections to other urban centres in the country, using the system of highways, railroad and airports of the capital, Riyadh, which is 50 km northwest. Kharj lies on the route to the regions of the cities Abha, 800 km, Khamis Mushayt, 775 km, and Najran, 800 km, all southwest.
Kharj is located to an area of deepwater pools.




By Tore Kjeilen