Till the discovery of oil brought about a drastic change, the Dammam area in Saudi Arabia was a rural fishing region. The area is the capital of the Eastern Province which is one of the world’s largest oil providers. The changes that took place since the late 1930’s when the large amounts of oil were discovered are immense. The development of the city has been developed into a tourist paradise, bursting with commercial activity and life, with much to experience and enjoy here.
Its location on the edge of the Persian Gulf is key, as the Dammam area is home to some beautiful beaches. The Half Moon Bay is one of the most popular choices as there are a range of aquatic activities to participate in. Diving and exploring marine life are some of the main reasons visitors head over to this beach. Al Azeezia Sandy Beach is another popular spot, popular with tourists for its breathtaking appearance and tranquil atmosphere. A 15 minute boat ride away from the mainland visitors will find the coral island, a stunning sight which is popular for fishing. The lighthouse on the island will provide amazing view to those who climb to the top.
The Dammam area is also well renowned as an exciting place for shopping, with a large choice of malls and shopping centres that can be enjoyed by anyone. For decadent dining too it is the place to be as there are a range of international cuisines featured in stylish restaurants all over the city. A well loved spot is the King Fahd Park, a landmark for the beautiful greenery and ponds on site, and this large park provides entertainment for the whole family. There are many amusement parks in the area for families to head over to, including one at the Half Moon Bay. The Dammam Seafront Corniche is also a site to check out when looking for things to do in the area. This attractive and action packed metropolis must be visited when in the country, as there is endless fun and excitement to be had here.
Visitors to Saudi Arabia who are also planning to visit the sacred city of Makkah can stay at one of the grandest Makkah hotels available. Brilliantly located, the luxurious Raffles Makkah Palace is a Makkah hotel that provides more than just comfortable accommodation, as there is shopping, fine dining and entertainment here too.