Gassim Regional

Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport (IATA: ELQ, ICAO: OEGS), formerly Qassim Regional Airport and widely known in the air-travel industry as "Gassim" (from Al-Qassim Province in which it lies), is an airport in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. It was renamed to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport after a decree given by King Abdullah on 5 July 2012, for the memory of former Crown Prince Nayef. The airport was established in 1964. It is owned and operated by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The airport is 30 km west of Buraidah, capital of the Qassim province. Prince Sultan, former crown prince, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, launched the expansion project of the royal terminal at the airport in 2003. GACA has spent more than SR 300 million on the airport’s expansion projects since 1964. Currently, 11 airlines serve 14 destinations in 6 countries (with Saudi Arabia included).

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Buraydah (Arabic: بريدة‎‎ Burayda) is the capital of Al-Qassim Region in northcentral Saudi Arabia in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula. Buraydah lies equidistant from the Red Sea to the west and the Persian Gulf to the east. It has a population of 614,093 (2010 census). Buraydah, the regional capital of Al-Qassim Region, is located on the edge of the Wadi Al-Rummah. Buraydah has a typical desert climate, with hot summers, cold winters and low humidity. In Buraydah, agriculture is still the cornerstone of the economy. The traditional oasis products of dates, lemon, orange and other fruits are still important. Modern introduction of wheat production has become so successful that Buraydah is one of the largest producers in the kingdom, important in making Saudi Arabia a net exporter of cereal. In 1987 Sandra Mackey, author of The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom, said that Buraydah was "a hotbed of fundamentalism even in the most normal of circumstances."

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