Dammam holidays unlock the excitement of one of Saudi Arabia’s most fascinating cities. The capital of the country’s Eastern Province, Dammam is a destination boasting incredible culinary diversity and some truly special cultural experiences.
Immerse yourself in the hum of the Corniche, enjoy the leisurely pace of the tree-lined paths for a relaxing break in the sunshine, or discover more about the city’s history at a heritage village.
Book one of Etihad’s Dammam holiday packages and start the countdown to the trip of a lifetime.
Visit Al Khobar Corniche to make the most of a beautiful area packed with locals catching fish, keeping fit or taking in the views.
One of the most scenic locations in Dammam, this sweeping stretch of coastline is a beautiful spot for a picnic, with plenty of green space for children to play in. The Corniche is decorated with lights to create a genuinely captivating atmosphere during the annual Eid celebrations.
You’ll discover a heritage centre in almost every Saudi city. These were created to bring the country’s past to life, and in Dammam, the Heritage Village showcases local artefacts and Islamic relics within an impressive fort-style building.
One of the highlights of any visit is the authentic dining experience. Choose a region of Saudi Arabia and sample the area’s most famous recipes.
Sleep under the stars or take a thrill ride through the desert during your Dammam package holiday. Opt to stay the night at a deluxe campsite in the desert where you could go quad biking in the dunes and share a delicious meal with new friends.
Alternatively, hop in a 4x4 for a desert safari packed with adventure before heading back to your hotel in the city.
For sea views on your beach holiday to Dammam, consider a stay along King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Road. You’ll find a host of smart hotels here, boasting superb coastal outlooks just a short drive from the city centre.
Slightly further out of Dammam, Half Moon Bay is renowned for its great fishing and golden sands. This is a fantastic spot for relaxing in the sun.
With theme parks, the sweeping Corniche, cultural attractions and more, there’s plenty to entertain families during your time in Dammam.
For a central location near the top attractions, book into the Golden Tulip Dammam Corniche Hotel. Close to the Heritage Village and Happy Land fun park, this four-star hotel has a restaurant, spa and a children’s pool.
The currency used in Dammam is the Saudi riyal (SAR). ATMs are easy to find across the city, with most businesses accepting credit cards.
Visitors to Saudi Arabia should cover their knees and shoulders in public. Although dress code rules have recently been relaxed, it’s advisable to dress conservatively.
The official language in Dammam is Arabic. You may also hear regional dialects and variations, including Hejazi Arabic, Najdi Arabic and Gulf Arabic.
The easiest way to get around the city is by car. Taxis are available throughout the city, or you can hire your own vehicle.
Traditional Saudi cuisine relies heavily on ingredients that are available in the desert or caught from the sea. Today, however, it’s more varied, with the main dishes tending to incorporate meat, rice and flat breads.
Dammam’s history has shaped its regional cuisine, with this coastal city showcasing influences from neighbouring countries. Yemeni mandi (spiced meat and rice) is served throughout the city and Hejazi dishes such as saleeg (milk rice with chicken) are also popular.
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