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Eastern Province (Saudi Arabia)

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Eastern Province (Saudi Arabia)

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The Eastern Province (ash-Sharqiyah) is the largest province in Saudi Arabia, covering the entire Gulf coast of the country as well as the Saudi parts of the vast Empty Quarter.


The three main cities of the Eastern Province are all tightly clustered together and no more than a 15-min drive apart from each other.

The rest are scattered around the coast:

  • Jubail — Biggest Industrial city of Saudi Arabia
  • Hofuf (al-Ahsa) — the world's largest oasis
  • Wadi al-Dawasir (Sulayyil) — gateway to the Empty Quarter

Other destinations



Get in

By plane

Dammam's airport has services from around Saudi Arabia and limited international flights to major cities in the region. Flying in via Bahrain is also a viable option.

By train

There are four trains a day from Riyadh to Dammam via Hofuf.

By car

The King Fahd Causeway connects Khobar to Bahrain.

Get around

Public transport is very limited, so having your own wheels will really pay off here.





You can find all kinds of cuisine here. You find a lot of Indian and pakistani restaurants. Finding standalone Vegetarian restaurants is just too impossible.


Stay safe

Carry your passport/work permit all the time. You can asked to produce your documents any time of the days and night. Do not point your camera at a lady. Do not carry alcohol/drugs into Saudi Arabia. Avoid carrying medicines unless you have a prescription along with it. Do not carry any pornographic material with you.

Get out

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