Flights to Dammam (DMM)

As your flight to Dammam lands, you’ll see Saudi Arabia’s fifth largest city rise out of the desert, glittering, international and oil-rich.
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia

What to do in Dammam

Unwind at King Fahd Park

King Fahd Park is the biggest of its kind in all of Saudi Arabia. Acres of trees, flowers and decorative pools make for a perfect place to wander, watch the wildlife, or relax in the sun. It’s dotted with coffee shops in case you need some refreshment.

Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Al Basatin

Take a boat ride to Tārūt Island

Tārūt Island is just a short boat ride north of Dammam, a 70 square kilometre archaeological wonder that boasts buildings and relics from a civilisation that’s more than 7,000 years old. In its centre is the impressive Tārūt Castle or Tārūt Fort. Wandering through the narrow streets among the stone buildings feels like stepping back in time.

Tārūt Castle
Tārūt Island
32615
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Sunbathe at Half Moon Bay

Make the most of that Saudi Arabian sunshine by hitting the beach for a few hours. One of the best ways to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dammam is to take a trip to the placid, sandy beaches at picturesque Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Beach
617
Dhahran
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Stroll along the Dammam Corniche

The Dammam Corniche has put the city on the map thanks to its long, glittering coastline decorated with art, manicured lawns, playgrounds, sandy areas and golf courses. You can walk from here to Al Marjan Island for a breath-taking look back at the city across the water.

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Road
32412
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Go wild at Cobra Amusement Park

Don’t be fooled by its slightly intimidating name – this low-key theme park inside King Fahd Park makes for a fun family day out, with plenty of rides, food stalls and rollercoasters. Bring a picnic blanket and set up camp on the lawns.

Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Al Basatin
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Explore Heritage Village

One man, Saad Al Balahi, spent 15 years travelling the Arab world collecting antiques, furniture and manuscripts, and on his return to Dammam he set up the Heritage Village. It’s a museum where you can walk through Saudi Arabia’s history, traditions, culture and architecture across five storeys of lavish rooms.

6354 Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Ash Shati Al Gharbi
32413
+966 3809 0000
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Where to eat in Dammam

Torath Café (Persian)

Stop by any traditional coffee shop in Dammam and dark gahwa (Arabic coffee) will be served to you on the floor, seated on carpets amid traditional Arabian decor. Torath Café is no different and is very popular with locals. Tasty but informal halal lamb dishes, grilled chicken and traditional harira soup are also on offer.

King Saud Bin Abdulaziz Street
+966 3 818 9610
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Steak House Dammam (Steakhouse)

When only a juicy steak will do, Dammam’s residents flock here. This popular restaurant has been feeding hungry locals and visitors for more than two decades and you can see why: tasty food, generous portions and smiling staff make for a top-notch dining experience.

Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Ash Shati Al Gharbi
32413
+966 13 833 5468
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Red Dragon (Chinese)

Dammam has a large Chinese population, but the Red Dragon is said to be the only truly authentic Chinese restaurant in town. Located deep in the Golden Tulip Al Hamra Dammam Hotel, the sumptuous red and gold interiors transport you from the noisy, sandy city to a peaceful oriental lounge.

Golden Tulip Al Hamra Dammam Hotel
King Khaled Street
Al Qazaz
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Heritage Village Restaurant (Middle Eastern)

All the traditional food of the region is served under one roof in this unique establishment, filled to the brim with antiques. Start your meal seated on floor cushions with peppermint tea and dates. After touring the museum, sample the delightful and diverse cuisines of western, central and eastern Saudi Arabia.

6354 Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Ash Shati Al Gharbi
32413
+966 3809 0000
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Brasa De Brazil (Churrascaria)

The atmosphere at this traditional Brazilian churrascaria (barbecue restaurant) is always lively, and well worth the trip a little out of town to Al Khobar. It’s a carnivore’s dream with various meats on offer, and there’s a hefty salad bar too.

Corniche Road
Al Khobar Al Janubiyah
Al Khobar
34611
+966 13 881 4884
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Asahi Pan-Asian Restaurant (Pan-Asian)

For the best sushi in Dammam, head to this elegant eatery. Asahi Pan-Asian Restaurant serves a good range of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, from crispy spring rolls and sesame toast to fresh sashimi. You’ll be able to enjoy your dinner while taking in excellent views of the city, too.

Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers
5397 Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Road
Al Mazruiyah
31422
+966 3 834 5555
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Places to stay in Dammam

Sheraton Dammam Hotel and Towers

Situated near the beach in Dammam’s city centre, this international hotel is within walking distance of the shopping promenades, library and the national museum. All the rooms include iPod docking stations and the hotel has a spa, a poolside lounge, a restaurant and two outdoor swimming pools.

5397 Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Road
Al Mazruiyah
31422
+966 13 834 5555
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Ramada Dammam Hotel and Suites

This hotel has an enviable location within an easy stroll of the popular Dammam Corniche. The excellent facilities include an outdoor pool and a steam room, and it’s a great choice for families as children aged 17 and under can stay for free with an adult.

Khaleej Road
+966 13 833 3322
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Novotel Dammam Business Park

Expect clean, well-appointed rooms with all the necessary amenities including free Wi-Fi at this hotel. There’s an on-site restaurant with a good buffet selection if you’re pushed for time, though being close to the King Fahd Road means the city centre isn’t far away.

4292 King Fahd Road
Al Khalidiyah Ash Shamaliyah
31413
+966 3 847 3691
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InterContinental Hotel Al Khobar

The InterContinental Hotel Al Khobar boasts spacious rooms, each kitted out with all the mod cons you could possibly need. There’s a rooftop pool offering panoramic city views; and if that’s not relaxing enough, book yourself into the spa.

Ibn Bassam Al Andalusi
Bandariyah
Al Khobar
31952
+966 13 845 2888
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Holiday Inn Resort Half Moon Bay

This stunning resort is a little bit our of town, but nonetheless is a great choice. For a start, it three pools, plus a private beach. There are plenty of fitness and leisure facilities on offer, including a multi-sports court. At the end of the day, visit the Blue Beach Restaurant and try the international buffet.

Azizzia Area
Half Moon Bay
Al Khobar
+966 3 896 3333
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Golden Tulip Al Hamra Hotel

Located by the Seashell roundabout on the popular Corniche district of Dammam, this hotel is one for food lovers. As well as housing the excellent Red Dragon restaurant, guests are treated to large buffets serving food from all over the world, all with a sea view.

King Khaled Street
Al Qazaz
31431
+966 13 833 3444
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