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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.
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  buses direct to Bahrain five times a day; see the Bahrain article for details.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.