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Sakaka
Other spelling: Skaka
Incorrect spelling: Sakakah
Arabic: sakākā






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Sakaka

Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.
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Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.

Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.
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City in northern Saudi Arabia with 135,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate), capital of the Al-Jawf region with 395,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate) and an area of 100,000 km². It is located to the north of the Nufad desert.
The cornerstone of the economy is agriculture, fed by extensive underground water resources, which specialize in dates and olives.
Sakaka is well-connected to other urban centres by highways. A domestic airport is 30 km south.
Sakaka region is home to the 6,000 year old megalithic standing stones known as Ar-Rajajil. Of more recent sights are citadel of Qasr Za'abel from the early 19th century.
Sakaka is sometimes referred to as Al-Jawf.

History
Sakaka has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years, abundance of water has permitted good agriculture.




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