White sand, palm trees, ancient architecture and modern culture come together in Dammam, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Steeped in history, Dammam is home to some of Saudi Arabia’s most stunning landmarks and attractions. The oil-rich city is renowned for its opulence, with expats, Saudis and tourists flocking to enjoy the opulence and rich beauty of the Islamic culture and pristine scenery. Whether you want to soak up the sun, admire the incredible cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or luxuriate in Arabic opulence, a trip to Dammam promises to exceed your expectations.
Direct flights to Dammam will bring you to King Fahad Airport (DMM), about 28 miles from the centre of Dammam.
Summers in Dammam can be incredibly warm, with temperatures hovering in the high thirties. Thanks to Dammam’s coastal location, however, there is plenty of scope to escape the heat as you retreat to the sea or the comfort of air conditioning! Winter sees a cooler climate, with daytime temperatures dropping to about 25°C, dropping as low as 13°Cat night. If you are looking for cheap flights to Dammam and are planning on doing some sightseeing, plan your trip for the quieter, winter months (November – early December and January – March), where the climate is conducive to exploring but still warm enough to relax on the beach.
A trip to the Dammam Corniche is a good way to acclimatise on your trip to Dammam. Here, you can promenade along the green expanse and admire the dazzling turquoise Persian Gulf on one side, and vibrant city on the other. Along the Corniche, you will find King Abdullah Park, a modern, landscaped area featuring an imposing fountain and lush, green spaces. There are plenty of sculptures, play areas, picnic areas and benches where you can just sit and watch the world go by. Alternatively, you can choose from a range of activities, such as scooter hire and water sports. A trip to Half-Moon beach is a must; the crescent-shaped beach boasts a vast expanse of white sand, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. If you feel a little more energetic, you could take a stroll along the seemingly endless beach or try your hand at beach-buggying over the dunes. As can be expected from the city’s most popular beach donation, Half-Moon beach does get busy, but it is usually possible to find a relatively secluded spot. And, of course, the beach’s popularity comes with perks: plenty of cafes, restaurants and street vendors to choose from when you built up a thirst! Whilst it may not be a haven of tranquillity, King Fahad park is worth a visit. One of the largest parks in the province it boasts no fewer than eight bridges, waterfalls and a river. In true Saudi style, the park is further embellished with two manmade lakes, restaurants, amusements and rides.
Dammam and the surrounding area have been subject to some significant archaeological discoveries over the past two centuries. The Dammam regional Museum is a good place to acquaint yourself with some of these discoveries, as well as the city’s history. Within its six halls, the museum takes you through time, introducing you to Stone-Age man, all the way to the present day, offering an incredible insight into the vast history of mankind and our microscopic place within the history of the earth. The small island of Tarut is home to Tarut Castle, an archaeological site rich in history and speculation. It is believed that the island was inhabited in the Tarut era, which dates back to 3,000BC and over the years there have been a number of significant archaeological findings to support the theory. The island’s location made it an important part of the region’s trade and protection and, somewhere between 1515 and 1521, a castle was built, either by the Turkish or Portuguese, for protection. Whatever its true history, the four medieval towers are still imposing in their sheer size. Under the beating sun, you can walk in the footsteps of countless people before you, dating back as much as 5,000 years.
No trip to Dammam would be complete without a spot of shopping! Here, the world is your oyster; you can choose from designer boutiques to local crafts, and everything in between. Dammam’s malls offer blissful relief from the blistering midday heat, as well as fun for all the family – from bargain-loving parents, to children who just want to play! Al Othaim Mall is the most popular of all Dammam’s malls, loved for its sprawling mass of boutiques and shops purveying bargains and exclusive collections from national and international designers. Across the three vast floors, you can shop to your heart’s content, before heading to the leisure area, where you will find arcades, games and even a swimming pool, perfect for big kids and small. If your appetite for shopping remains unsatisfied, there are plenty of other malls to choose from, which boast amusement arcades, fantastic food and plenty of choice, making Dammam a real shoppers’ paradise. For a more traditional shopping experience, head to Share Al-Hob market, where you can meander down labyrinthine lanes packed with vibrant silks, pungent spices and traditional arts and crafts. A far cry from the relatively sterile, air-conditioned malls, the market sells typical Saudi goods, making it the perfect place to go for souvenirs of your trip to Dammam.
Just like the shopping, the dining options in Dammam are virtually limitless. As well as some of the best Persian and Arabian food you will ever taste, there are restaurants of all nationalities, from Chinese to Mediterranean, South American to Indian. Traditional fare descends from formative occupants, who were predominantly nomadic goat herders, and includes light-as-feather flatbreads spiced pulses and rice and stewed meats. Those with a sweet tooth can revel in a broad choice of jewel-like dried fruits and nuts, dripping in honey. Although today, Dammam is inhabited by people from a range of countries and religions, its traditional food is based on Islamic beliefs, and therefore prohibits the use of pork and alcohol. On your trip to Dammam you will encounter an exquisite combination of ancient heritage and modern luxury. With its myriad choices, you can enjoy a dream holiday, making memories that you will cherish forever. If you want to embark on your Arabian adventure, Travangelo can help you to find cheap flights to Dammam.