King Fahd International Airport was opened by Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation and is considered one of the largest airports in the world.
Located 40km northwest of the city of Dammam, the new airport serves the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. Design of the facility started in 1976 and construction commenced in 1983, with the airport finally opening commercially in 1999.
King Fahd International Airport's passenger terminal has six storeys, with a total area of 327,000 square metres. The airport also contains a Royal Terminal, which is reserved for the Saudi Royal Family along with government officials and guests. The terminal extends over 16,400 square metres and has dedicated landscaped grounds surrounding its luxurious interior.
The airport contains a range of facilities including currency exchange services, specialised retailers, restaurants and banks as well as one of Saudi Arabia's first duty-free shopping areas. A landscaped Masjid, designed to accommodate up to two thousand worshipers, is located on the roof of the airport's multi-storey car park.
Etihad Diamond First and Pearl Business Class passengers on flights to Dammam from Abu Dhabi can make use of the First Class Lounge at King Fahd International Airport.