Dammam, the sixth largest city in Saudi Arabia is home to some of the most beautiful historical attractions and landmarks. It has evolved as a link between Saudi Arabia and the outer world for exporting the kingdom’s products and importing essential goods. With plenty of shopping malls and traditional craft stores selling all kinds of items, it is a delight for shopaholics.
Take a break, unwind yourself and get ready for a laid-back vacation at Dammam.
Best time to visit:
Dammam witnesses pleasant weather during the months of December to March, making it the ideal time to plan your visit. If you wish to experience some festivities, plan your trip between July to October.
Let us take a look at the various seasons round the year to help you plan your trip better.
Summer – Summer in Dammam lasts from April to November, with August being the warmest month.
Monsoon – Dammam experiences some amount of rainfall throughout the year, February being the wettest month.
Winter – The coolest month in Dammam are December and January, the best time to plan you vacation.
Visa and Immigration requirement: If you are an Indian passport holder travelling to Saudi Arabia, you need to complete an online application form on the website - www.mofa.gov.sa, take a print of the form and submit it along with other necessary documents. You are required to pay the visa fee online, as per the new rule.
How to reach
By air: King Fahd International Airport serves Dammam, located about 20 km northwest of the city. Saudi-Bahraini Transport Company (SABTCO) operates safe and comfortable shuttle buses from the airport. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi from the airport.
IndiGo operates non-stop flights between Dammam and Mumbai.
By train: Dammam railway station is situated about 8 km from the city centre with trains connecting Dammam to Abqaiq, Hofuf and Riyadh.
By bus: The SAPTCO buses ply between Dammam and Bahrain five times a day.
By road: Dammam is well linked by the kingdom's modern highway network. Buses and taxis are readily available to nearby places
Getting around: Taxis and "dubbabs" are the primary means of transportation to in the city.
It is one of the oldest Lebanese restaurants in town, serving Mediterranean, middle eastern and Lebanese cuisine. This place claims to serve the best fried chicken and the locals swear by its flavour. You must also try their shawarmas, hummus and baked pasteries.
Enjoy typical Saudi Arabian cuisine while learning about Saudi’s rich heritage. It is home to a large number of artifacts and historical items. At the entrance, you will be welcomed by traditionally clothed servers eager to make you taste some delicious, strong black coffee. Remember to shake you cup three times if you have had enough, or the coffee will keep on coming!
Steak House Dammam is a must-visit restaurant for steak lovers. Their extensive menu includes Fajita platters, hand-crafted burgers, char-grilled Chicken and Seafood along with refreshing drinks and tantalizing desserts.
It is one of the best places in Dammam for traditional Lebanese cuisine. The place is also a good choice for breakfast and you must try their pastries and pizzas.
With its perfect combination of old-style markets and modern shopping centres, Dammam is a great shopping hub. You can shop for luxury items, branded products, handmade crafts and other souvenirs on your visit.
Share Al-Hob Souk: With numerous stalls and vendors selling colorful traditional products, this is a great place to pick souvenirs and gifts. Your choices range from, perfumes to jewellery, to clothing and other authentic goods.
Ash-Shate'a mall and Marina mall: Located close to the Corniche, these two malls house many international brands and franchise restaurants for a modern feel.
Park Inn by Radisson Dammam Located on the Corniche road, this contemporary hotel is at a close distance from the airport and various shopping hubs, making it an ideal option for business and leisure travellers alike.
Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Convention Centre This luxury hotel is less than 30 mins drive from the airport and boasts of five different dining options, an outdoor swimming pool, spa and massage and fitness centre.
Johnson Cornich Hotel Located just few meters from the beach, this hotel offers stylish villas and rooms along with a restaurant and an indoor swimming pool. Its comfort and luxury is worth experiencing.
Lavona Hotel This is a self-catering apartment styled hotel. All rooms are airconditioned and come with a kitchenette and a living room. It is located close to the Dammam Corniche and various shopping centres.
Half Moon beach: Shaped like a half moon, this beach is the perfect retreat for visitors. Take a break from the city chaos and rejuvenate yourself at the sandy coast of the Half Moon beach.
Alkhleej Makarim: The Alkhleej Makarim Village is situated on the Half Moon Beach and is one of the most famous luxurious resorts in the whole Middle East region.
Historians believe that Dammam got its name from the word - DAMDAMA, meaning the sound of drums that denote the beginning or the end of the hunting season. Until 1930s, Dammam was a small coastal community and was later developed as a port.
Dammam is a now one of Saudi Arabia’s chief ports for exporting petroleum and natural gas. King Abdul Aziz seaport is the only non-oil shipping port in the kingdom, equipped with jetties, a ship repair dock and a modern ship traffic control centre. You must check out this port on your visit to catch a glimpse of Dammam’s heritage.