Khamis Mushait or Khamis Mushayt is a town in south-west Saudi Arabia, positioned east of Abha, the provincial seat of the Asir province 1,300 kilometres 650 nautical miles from Dhahran and 884 kilometres from the national capital of Riyadh. It is the capital of the Shahran tribe. Until the Seventies, Khamis Mushait became a small metropolis of much less than 50,000 servicing the encircling moderate-weather agricultural vicinity. Since then its population has grown dramatically to reach over 513,000 as of the 2011 census. The city is surrounded via farms producing agricultural crops.
King Khalid Air Base has a 12,400 toes paved runway without customs centers. The base become designed and built by US Army and Air Force engineers within the 1960s and 70s and has F-15 provider facilities. During the Gulf War in 1991, the United States Airforce had a base right here from which they launched bombers on Baghdad. Khamis Mushait become recognized with the aid of that call for the reason that 1760s, it's been named after the marketplace that was hung on each Thursday of the week that is “Khamis” and it has been noted Mushait Ibn Salem the top of Shahran tribe and the guardian of the marketplace.