Dammam coast with sunset

Summer adventures for all ages in Dammam

Explore the Eastern Province

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Boasting endless views of a tranquil Arabian Gulf, Dammam is a modern metropolis that thrives on its coastal location. Along with nearby Al Khobar and Dhahran, these ‘triplet cities’ are tailored to a lifestyle in the open air, brimming with lush green parks, airy waterfronts and sandy beaches.

 

The region also has a growing reputation for arts, sports and entertainment. It is home to the kingdom’s first street art exhibition in Al Khobar’s Bayoonya district, and a range of cultural hubs and museums. Dip into science and innovation at SCITECH, or get a dose of pop culture at the quirky Taybeen and Alfelwah and Aljowharah museums. As evening falls, wander the walkways of Damman’s Share Al-Hob souq, where a lively theatre of traders, performers and street musicians awaits.

When in Eastern Province, go and explore

Man riding on jet ski

Half Moon Bay

A short drive south from Dammam, Half Moon Bay is a glorious pocket of beach resorts ideal for a family getaway. Dana Beach Resort offers watersports including jet-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing and diving, while the aqua play area features three water slides. Go-karting, horse riding and cycling are among the activities available back on land. The Radisson Blu Resort has boat trips and a palm-lined outdoor pool while Palm Beach Resort comes with tennis, football and volleyball courts along with beach-facing villas with an ocean view.

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Saudi Arabia’s cultural hub

The iconic monolithic design of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, known as Ithra, has become a symbol of Saudi’s cultural renaissance. The sprawling building houses a theater, library, cinema, galleries and museum, alongside a wealth of interactive activities for children. The Ithra Journey Tour, a 30-minute guided walk, offers an ideal overview from where families can then plot their own extended route.

Historic water tower surrounded by deep blue water

Al Khobar waterfront

Dancing fountains and landscaped gardens make this seafront stretch a family favorite, where kids can frolic in playgrounds as adults take Instagram-worthy snaps of the historic water tower and remarkable King Fahd Causeway. For a bite among the sights, discover a range of dining options on the new Ajdan Walk south of the new corniche, or immerse yourself in Al Khobar’s cafe culture at one of its dozens of waterfront coffee shops. Catch the sunset with a private boat trip across the waters.

Recommendations

  • Where to stay

    Pick from the sea-facing views of the Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Convention Centre, or the contemporary Boudl El Corniche. Opt for luxury at the Le Méridien Al Khobar, or make a boutique stop at the Radisson Blu Dharan.

  • Where to eat

    Drop into the Cheesecake Factory in Ajdan Walk for family dining, or book a table at the airy Oriya for creative dishes and oceanfront views. For exquisite Indian fine dining, try Maharaja by Vineet, or sample five-star sushi at Fusion in Le Méridien Al Khobar. For rustic Italian cuisine, visit Da Vinci.

  • Where to have fun

    Get a dose of fast-paced summer fun with a visit to GP Karting, or try your skills at Al Khobar’s Gravity Trampoline Park, where climbing walls, trampolines and virtual reality games await. At the oceanfront Sunset Beach Resort, choose between high-thrill activities, or luxury beach relaxation.

  • Rent a car

    Explore the best of the Eastern Province with a hire car. Budget, I Drive and Sixt all offer a range of models and prices to suit any budget.

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    Opt for a city tour of Al Khobar with Al Mosafer or head out on a desert safari with Palms Land Tours. Look to ITC for beachfront luxury staycation packages in the beauty of Half Moon Bay.

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