ICBA is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Department of Arid Land Agriculture
The department was established in 1395/1396 H as one of the main four departments of the Faculty of Meteorology and Environmental Studies. In 1405 H, the university council agreed on changing its name into the Faculty of Meteorology, Environment and Arid Land Agriculture, and this to ensure the role of the Arid Land Agriculture Department, which had developed greatly during that time. The interesting in cultivating the arid land comes from the nature of the environment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in which water, temperature, and salinity are the most important factors affecting the agricultural production.
The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) is the Federal Research Centre for
Cultivated Plants in Germany and an autonomous superior federal authority directly subordinated to
the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
The university is part of Wageningen University & Research and is the only
university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living
environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.
We service the Saudi vegetable growers in particular and also the farming
community in general through our Eleven branches by supplying outstanding range of vegetable seeds,
excellent specialty fertilizers and efficient agrochemicals, and an assortment of other agricultural
We have won -over the years- a prominent position in our market and have a wide spectrum of customers ranging from the individual vegetable growers to the large Saudi shareholding Agricultural companies. We take great pride in satisfying both ends of this range.