Al Khobar and Things to do in The Eastern Province

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Visit Al Khobar and discover the wonders the city on the coast of the Persian Gulf has to offer.

Together, Al Khobar, Dhahran, and Dammam are known as “The Triplet Cities” area, or Dammam metropolitan area.

Al Khobar, along with Dammam and Dhahran, forms the residential core of the region.

Dammam, Dhahran, and Al Khobar are about 20 kilometers apart and essentially from one megacity. 

Discover the wonders of this city on the Persian Gulf coast has to offer along with its neighboring country town. The King Fahad International Airport services all three urban centers.

Most of the Al Khobar residents work for Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company. Still, traditionally, Khobar has been a city of traders, and today the city houses many modern malls and boulevards with shops run by international franchises and restaurants.

Al Khobar is a bustling economic center with skyscrapers and others landmarks. The nearby city of Dammam is the second-largest port city in Saudi Arabia and is the seat of the administrative departments of the Eastern region.

Most people are misled by the laid-back air of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. This region may not have cities with the buzz of Jeddah or the urban flair of Riyadh, but this corner of the kingdom has its charm.

This is where the country’s first wells of black gold were discovered and where the world’s biggest oil company was born. What was once a tiny fishing village has today grown into one of the Middle East’s largest ports.

It’s a region of rich heritage and diversity that offers something for visitors of all ages.

CORNICHE AL KHOBAR

Just 10 km from the city and one of the most popular attractions in the Eastern Province, a visit to Corniche Al Khobar is highly recommended.

The seafront promenade is an extension of Half Moon Bay, running through Aziza beach stretching up to the city of Dammam. With plenty of green spaces along the coast, visitors can stop and enjoy beautiful sea views from here. 

A picnic at the Corniche is always a great idea, with lots of playgrounds for children to enjoy and seating areas for the parents.

Children can also enjoy riding their bicycles, and families also enjoy jogging or having snacks and coffee while watching over their children’s play.

CORAL ISLAND

If you are looking for family-friendly entertainment during your stay in Al Khobar, look no further than Coral Island.

Al-Marjan Island, also known as Coral Island, on Dammam Corniche, is home to one of the largest entertainment zones, offering amusement rides, a swimming pool, daily dolphin and seal shows, and a circus during Eid vacations and national events.

Children will love seeing the animals in the shows, so make sure you allow a full day to make the most of your visit.

The island is also a beautiful place to watch the sunset over the bay.

Contact our concierge service team on [email protected] or +966 13 829 4444 to arrange transport to the island.

SCITECH AL KHOBAR

Located on the Al Khobar Corniche, the Scitech Technology Center – also known as the Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz Science and Technology Center – is an educational science facility, where families can explore over 350 exhibitions on technology and science.

The facilities at Scitech Al Khobar are both educational and fun, offering an interactive way to learn about science. It is no doubt one of the best cultural highlights found here and is enjoyable for adults and children.

SciTech Al Khobar’s IMAX cinema frequently shows educational films, helping visitors get closer to nature and science.

With all this on offer, the Scitech Technology Center is a significant attraction in Al Khobar for locals and expatriates. It is one of the most recommended places to visit for families.

Ithara, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran

Ninety meters high from the desert, Ithra towers over both the Dhahran skyline and the regional cultural scene. Built near the first oil discovery site in 1983, Ithra, in its Arabic meaning “enrichment,” is a world-class cultural center. 

Here the future meets tradition in the state-of-the-art building that spans over 80,000 square meters housing a vast library, theater, cinema, idea lab, and a knowledge tower. It also has a range of galleries and installations designed to inspire, engage, and delight.

The younger audience particularly enjoys the Children’s Museum with its sea of Jenga blocks, the illusion room, the infinity mirror room, coloring corner, and indoor cave. 

Check the center’s schedule of events for workshops, talks, and performances. The entrance is free, but the events and the cinema do require tickets.

Energy Exhibit Dhahran

Just a short distance from Ithra is the Dhahran Energy Exhibit, a hands-on voyage into the world of petroleum. Its science, technology, and energy.

Don’t miss the cutting-edge exhibits; the focal point of this exhibit is a 12-player interactive game that is played on a touch-screen gaming screen. 

Aljowharah and Alfelwah Museum Al Nuzha

Packed into a palatial villa in Dammam., millionaire philanthropist Abdulwahab Al Ghunaim has taken his hobby to a higher level. Alfelwah and Aljowharah Museum opened in 2018; a collection that began modestly with a handful of local treasures is today a valuable exhibition of more than 500,000 objects. 

The items on the exhibition include a 500-year-old copy of the Quran, vintage cars, antique gramophones, and a few private possessions of King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia. The exhibition also features a traditional setup of a Saudi bedroom and meeting hall. 

Alfan Sharqy Urban Art Exhibit, Bayoniya- Al Khobar

The historic neighborhood of Bayoniya got a street-art makeover in 2018, courtesy of a group of young Saudi artists who painted its streets into street-canvas in an eruption of graffiti. 

The Alfan Sharqy (Art is Eastern) street-art exhibit was organized by Dawi Gallery, sponsored by Princess Abeer bint Faisal Al Saud, that saw six of the area’s traditional houses transformed into a rainbow of murals, chromatic calligraphy, and abstract compositions. 

The streets here are a reminder that exciting and transformative art can appear in the most unexpected places.

Taybeen Museum Al Khobar

Taybeen Museum powered by nostalgia is a passion project. The 300-square-meter museum in Al Khobar is Majid Al Ghamdi’s desire to preserve the vintage finds of his youth.

A hobby that grew into a most unusual collection of retro toys, board, and video games, televisions, cameras, posters, and food and drink containers of various brands, in all 10,000 pieces strong. You can see the rise of Coke bottles from the 1970s on, vintage Barbies, and plush Sesame Street character toys. 

Heritage Village Dammam

A museum, a restaurant, Dammam’s turret-topped Heritage Village provides visitors a look into a simpler life. The five-story building contains the museum with its troves of jewelry, fabrics, manuscripts, and various other artifacts.

There is also a small craft market selling Arabic perfumes, incense, wall hangings, and woven palm-frond baskets. 

For most, the biggest draw here is the restaurant. You can curl up on traditional floor cushions and enjoy the delicious local fare that includes delicious mezze spreads, platters of grilled meats, and rice; it’s an experience close to eating in a Saudi home.

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