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Book a flight to Dammam with Qatar Airways and explore the delights of Saudi Arabia's third largest city. There's a reason why this city has such a cosmopolitan feel; it's home to a large population of expatriates from all over the world. The bustling city centre gives way to the serene Dammam Corniche, a green oasis in the heart of the city.
Renowned for its beautiful beaches and excellent fishing spots, this city is one of Saudi Arabia's most ancient strongholds. From the beauty of the Old Town to the distinctive design of King Abdullah Park, there is a charismatic blend of modern and ancient architecture in this fascinating city.
Tarout Castle in the centre of Tarout Island is 5,000 years old. The city's most famous archaeological landmark features traditional Arabian architecture. At the Dammam Corniche, you will find green spaces, children's playgrounds and an array of restaurants to choose from. It's the perfect spot for walk or picnic.
During Eid and national holidays, it can become busy here as celebrations take place. The green spaces and sandy areas are the perfect place to soak up beautiful views of the Gulf.
Stroll across the bridge to Al-Marjan Island, an artificial island that's popular with tourists. Dolphin Village is located here with its swimming pool, sea-life shows and amusement rides, as well as plenty of restaurants and cafés.
Travel to Dammam and you can't afford to miss out on an afternoon spent exploring Share Al-Hob Traditional Market. Here you'll find gold jewellery, Eastern perfumes and traditional clothing.
Dammam Regional Museum is the place to find out more about the city's rich history. It's easy to spend a whole afternoon here wandering around the six galleries.
Cuisine here has international appeal, and alongside traditional restaurants and coffee-houses you'll find food courts and food-hall style cafés. It is easy to find food from every corner of the globe here in Dammam.
Drinking tea is an ancient custom in Saudi Arabia. Herbal tea comes in a variety of different flavours and is usually drunk black, without milk. Popular traditional dishes include Falafel, fried chickpea fritters, Mandi, traditional rice with grilled chicken and Shawarma, meat cooked on a spit. This is usually served with a range of salad and toppings in fresh pita bread. Meat sold in the city is Halal and visitors may find the food fairly spicy for their tastes. While you'll find the usual fast-food chains in Dammam, a far better option for lunch are city's traditional cafés to savour local tastes. All of them serve a range of salads, sandwiches and snacks.
Some of the best shopping in Saudi Arabia can be experienced when you travel to Dammam. The city has no shortage of malls. Mall of Dhahran and Rashid Mall are popular with tourists and alongside international stores you will find Saudi Arabian brands. Women can shop at the Ladies Mall – as the name suggests, this mall is only open to women. Some of the city's finest clothing and most beautiful jewellery can be found here, for a price.
It is well worth checking out Dammam's markets, the most popular being Share Al-Hob Traditional Market. For traditional Saudi souvenirs, this is the best place to shop. You will also find authentic Saudi Arabian clothing, gold jewellery and Eastern perfumes, but be prepared to haggle.
Flights to Dammam with Qatar Airways arrive at King Fahd International Airport, around 50km from the city centre. It's not unusual to spot Bedouin tents, camels and sand dunes on your way to the city from the airport. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months before flying to Dammam.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Dammam please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Saudi Riyal (SAR)
Voltage: 127 / 220 V 60 Hz
Plugs: Type A / B / F / G
International dialing code: +966