Saudi Arabia is both the most controversial and the most interesting country in the world. It has the largest oil reserve in the world, with about 75 million barrels of oil still remaining. Given that an Olympic-size swimming pool is designed to hold 660,253.09 gallons of liquid, Saudi Arabia has enough oil to fill 4,770,897 such swimming pools.
It is the 13th largest country in the world, has no rivers and 95% of its area is classified as desert. The fight to build the world’s tallest building is on, with the Kingdom Tower proposed to be ready by 2018, making it the first building in the world to cross the one kilometer mark.
Dammam, the Kingdom’s fifth largest city, is a perfect destination to spend your vacations. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and great infrastructure, which will allow you to experience the best of both worlds.
So, pack your bags, and don’t forget to keep lozenges for throat pain handy while travelling through the dry and dusty terrain. Here’s all you need to do in this beautiful city.
Visit the Heritage Village
The high rising fortress of Heritage Village will catch your eye as soon as you enter the city of Dammam. The halls and rooms of this heritage building are filled with impressive artefacts of the Arabic culture, including old photographs, royal jewellery and ancient weapons.
All the employees here dress in traditional attire and the ambiance is a true reflection of the rich culture of the nation. Another reason for this visit should, of course, be the delicious food served in the halls.
Explore the Share Al-Hob Souk
Famously known as the “Love Market,” this is a perfect destination to shop for clothes and jewellery, and feast of some delicious food. The fragrance of fresh spices will catch your attention as soon as you enter the place. The beautiful colours and vibrant decoration of the shops and buildings will leave you mesmerized.
Enjoy the Beach Life
The city is home to many sandy beaches for tourists to relax. While the Coral Island was the first beach developed here, Half Moon Bay is the most famous one, due to its white sand. If you love adventures, you can enjoy the artificial reef and explore the aquatic life here. The nights offer a spectacular view too.
Things You Need to Carry
The Saudi Arabian climate requires that you pay special attention to what you carry along for the trip. Here are some must haves:
- Beach clothes.
- Lozenges for throat pain or any other prescribed medication.
- Some extra cash.
- A few books to read while traveling.
- A camera to capture all those interesting moments.
- Your identity proof and other required documents.