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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[edit]

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

By plane[edit]

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, Lufthansa has flights to Frankfurt, and Turkish Airlines has daily flights to Istanbul. 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[edit]

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

By bus[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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. Also, car rent applications are available, where you can get reasonable fares for a ride and taxis can also be called using the same applications.

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Dammam Corniche[edit]

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. Along the corniche there are playgrounds for young children. Fast food restaurants, Food-trucks and coffee shops are available along the Corniche. People mostly bring their own chairs or mats when picnicking.

Al Morjan island[edit]

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.


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[edit][add listing]

  • 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[edit][add listing]

Souq-el-hob: is a market in city centre, where you can buy Abayas, jewellery, Sewing supplies, clothes, and a variety of other stuff.

Shopping malls: Al-Othaim mall, Nakheel mall, Dareen mall, Marina mall, not all of the available malls in Dammam where you can buy brands and usually a hyper market is also available in each of the malls.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • RiceBowl, Dareen Mall (Corniche), 8309900. 10mins. Indian Cuisine , Tandoor Specialists  edit
  • Senthil. Madina Restaurant, Dammam  edit
  • Tandoor & Grill. Grill Garden, Al Kohbar  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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[edit][add listing]

  • Sheraton - Dammam, 1st Street, +966 3 834-5555 (fax: +966 3 834-9872). over 800 S.R.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • 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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