Dammam Highway © MattSims
Dammam is the capital of Saudi Arabia's oil-rich
Eastern Province, and the country's fifth-largest city. Serviced by
the King Fahd International Airport 12 miles (20km) to the
northwest and the King Abdul Aziz Sea Port, Damman is a travel hub
for the eastern part of the country and Saudi Arabia's gateway to
the Persian Gulf.
Travellers coming from the airport get a true taste
of the desert as they drive past sand dunes, camels, and Bedouin
tents clearly visible. Once in the city, visitors can have a picnic
on the Dammam Corniche, take a walk on Al Morjan Island, and eat
dinner and tour the cultural museum at the Heritage Village.
Located about 19 miles (30km) from the city, Half
Moon Bay is a popular recreational spot and weekend excursion from
Dammam. Known for excellent scuba diving, fishing, and sailing, the
area has several public beaches, as well as entertainment areas,
King Fahad Coastal City, and Palm Beach Resort.
Dammam is a shopper's paradise, as the city is home
to several excellent shopping malls that offers plenty of stores
and restaurants to suit all palates, as well as the opportunity to
beat the heat. A few of the most popular are the Al Waha Mall, Al
Bilad Mall, Green Shopping Centre, and Al Danah Mall.