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Al Khobar and Things To Do In The Eastern Province

LifestyleAl Khobar and Things To Do In The Eastern Province

Together, Al Khobar, Dhahran, and Dammam are known as The Triplet Cities” area, or the 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 this city on the Persian Gulf coast offers, along with its neighboring country town. The King Fahad International Airport services all three urban centers.

Most Al Khobar residents work for Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company. Still, traditionally, Khobar has been a city of traders.

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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 other 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.

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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 and stretching up to 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 many playgrounds for children to enjoy and seating areas for the parents.

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

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

Contact our concierge service team at [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 undoubtedly one of the best cultural highlights 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.

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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 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, the coloring corner, and the 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 petroleum world. It’s science, technology, and energy.

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