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Dammam

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Dammam (ad-Dammām) is the largest city in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and the 3rd largest city in the kingdom after Riyadh and Jeddah .

Get in

Dammam is the main transport hub of the Dammam-Dhahran-Khobar cluster.

By plane

The vast King Fahd International Airport (IATA: DMM) is about 50 km from the city centre, literally in the middle of the desert — you'll see sand dunes, camels and Bedouin tents on the way there. The world's largest airport by area, the airport is enormous and underutilized. Long-distance links are limited, but Pakistan International Airlines PIA)has flights from all major cities of Pakistan,bmi flies from London and Lufthansa has flights to Frankfurt. All domestic and international flights leave from the same terminal. If you have time to spare and need a meal, head up to the fourth floor (above checkin), where you'll find an observation deck and a cafeteria serving up a simple buffet. Once through security, there are virtually no facilities aside from a snack stall and a book shop.

SAPTCO runs comfortable shuttle buses between the airport and the bus station roughly hourly (SR12). The trip takes around 45 minutes. Alternatively, taxis can cover the same distance in half an hour and charge upwards of SR50.

By train

Dammam railway station is about 8 km from city centre, connects to Abqaiq (40 min), Hofuf (1:10) and Riyadh (3:30).

By bus

The SAPTCO bus station is on 11th St, some 700m north of the city center. There are regular services throughout the country, as well as SABTCO [1] buses direct to Bahrain five times a day; see the Bahrain article for details.

By road

Dammam is well linked by the kingdom's modern highway network and the GCC road. Riyadh is 4 hours. Nearby Khobar is a 15 min drive, from where Bahrain is another half an hour by the King Fahd Causeway. Saptco runs regular buses.

Get around

Public transport is poor. Taxis and "dubbabs" dominate the market , and are usually used by the lower scale foreign workers. SR.2 is the standard fare for anywhere to anywhere! Best deal is thus the rent a car. Taxis charge 10-20 SR for trips within the city proper.

See

Dammam Corniche

The Dammam Corniche is basically a green strip facing the gulf. On a good weather day, you can have a nice picnic on the green grass.


Al Morjan island

Al Morjan island is a small artificial island with a monument in the center, it is located as an extension to the Corniche. This is a good place to have an afternoon walk, which of course depends on the weather.


Flagpole

Visit the tallest flagpole in the kingdom. Take a picture next to the 60-meter high flagpole.

The flag availability on the pole can't be always guaranteed.

Do

  • Take a walk at Dammam's new corniche; it's a newly refined corniche where walking - depending on the weather - on the walking track can be fun (best time between November until April) a track that is almost 4 kilometers long.
  • Visit Al-Karia Ash-Sha'abia (People's Village Restaurant) museum and restaurant, a nice place indicating Saudi culture and where traditional delicious plates can be ordered. It's within the corniche area.
  • Visit Ash-Shate'a mall and Marina mall, two malls near the corniche area. These malls are similar to those you find in Western countries, where many international franchise restaurants can be found at the court area.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Dammam has no bars or pubs. However, there are several cafes, juice parlours and places serving speciality drinks and mocktails. Bottled non-alcoholic beer is also available in most shops.

Sleep

  • Sheraton - Dammam, 1st Street, +966 3 834-5555 (fax: +966 3 834-9872). over 500 S.R.

Get out

  • Khobar : just 15 minutes away by car.
  • Dhahran : just 20 minutes away by car.
  • Jubail : just 90 minutes away by car
  • Bahrain : 1 hour away



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