Past Cities

Ath-Thuqbah, Eastern, Saudi Arabia

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Ath-Thuqbah is a city located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. It is situated on the coast of the Persian Gulf, which has played a significant role in shaping the city's history and development. The name "Ath-Thuqbah" translates to "the place of dust," which reflects the city's arid and dusty landscape.

The earliest known inhabitants of Ath-Thuqbah were the ancient Arabian tribes who roamed the region over 2,000 years ago. These tribes were predominantly nomadic and relied on the region's natural resources, such as water wells and pastures, for survival. The city was also an important trading hub for the caravan routes that passed through the region, connecting Arabia to the Levant and Mesopotamia.

In the 7th century, Islam was introduced to the region, which brought about significant changes to the social and political landscape of Ath-Thuqbah. With the emergence of Islam, the region saw an influx of Muslim pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina, which brought about increased trade and commerce. Ath-Thuqbah became an important stop for traders and pilgrims traveling to and from Mecca and Medina.

During the Ottoman Empire's rule over the region in the 16th century, Ath-Thuqbah was a strategic location for Ottoman naval operations in the Persian Gulf. The Ottomans built a fortress in the city to protect their interests in the region, which played a significant role in shaping the city's history and development.

In the early 20th century, Ath-Thuqbah saw significant growth and development as the Saudi Arabian government invested in the region's infrastructure and resources. The discovery of oil in the Eastern Province in 1938 brought about significant economic growth and development to the region, which had a profound impact on Ath-Thuqbah's development.

Today, Ath-Thuqbah is a bustling city with a population of over 150,000 people. The city is home to a diverse population, with a significant proportion of its inhabitants being expatriates from countries such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The city's economy is driven by the oil industry, with many residents working in the oil and gas sector.

Ath-Thuqbah has a rich and diverse history that has been shaped by its political environment and geography. The city has played a significant role in the region's trade and commerce for over 2,000 years and has seen significant growth and development in the 20th century as a result of the discovery of oil in the Eastern Province. Today, Ath-Thuqbah is a bustling city with a diverse population and a strong economy, which is set to continue to grow and develop in the years to come.