The city of al-Ahsa in the Saudi Arabian eastern region is famous for its rare hassawi red rice, a hidden gem which farmers say has high nutritional value and can help alleviate the pain of those suffering from arthritis and broken bones.
Chanting prayer songs in unison and their feet submerged under water, farmers in the al-Ahsa oasis say they have been planting red hassawi rice since generations, among the world’s most expensive.
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahsa. (Supplied: Abdullah al-Sheikh)
A Saudi farmer plucks rice plantation, known as “Hassawi Rice” in a rice field in Al-Ahsa. (Reuters)