An oasis for Riyadh’s citizens. Wadi Hanifa once supported farms and villages. Wadi means valley in Arabic, and for most of the year there is barely a trickle of water running along the riverbed in the valley above the surface, however aquifers below the surface keep the area fertile. Recently, an award-winning revitalization project has transformed Wadi Hanifa to a lush recreational area. Today it is an 80-kilometer desert park and a popular tourist destination for hiking a relaxing day out in a wide-open spaces. Visitors enjoy scenic views, and numerous natural geological formations and environmental landscape elements. Wadi Hanifah’s Sud Al-Elb Park, Sud Wadi Hanifa Park, Stone Dam Park, Factories Lake Park, and the Jaz’ah Lake Park all have pathways seating for hikers, pedestrian walkways and parking areas.