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A city of surprises

Flights to Dammam take you to one of Saudi Arabia’s most interesting and exciting cities.

Historically the country’s oil capital, Dammam is a place of great food and amazing outdoor experiences. This diverse city is a hub of cultural events and celebrations, with the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture sitting at the very heart of it all.

sunrise over sea and fishing boats in dammam saudi arabia

Head into the desert – by 4×4 or camel – to experience everything from high-octane jeep safaris to traditional Bedouin life.

Sleeping under the starlit sky is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. Meanwhile, Dammam’s spectacular Al-Marjan Island (Coral Island) is a haven of blissful beaches and parks.

This man-made archipelago is home to a range of resorts and family-friendly attractions. Picnic in the shade or soak up ocean views from the sand.

Visit the city for the Eid celebrations and see the sky light up with firework displays and celebrations. Fly to Dammam and experience a city that embraces both tradition and change.

What's the weather like in Dammam?

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Dammam has a hot desert climate, meaning there isn’t really a cold season. June to August sees the warmest weather, with highs of over 35°C not unusual.

Fly to Dammam from December to February for slightly cooler temperatures, with 24-hour averages dropping below 20°C. There is little rainfall throughout the year.

Reasons to visit Dammam

sunrise dammam al khobar corniche saudi arabia

Explore the coast

Enjoy some of the world’s best beach weather on the Dammam coast. The city has some impressive sandy stretches to explore and glorious sunsets to match. Dammam’s Corniche is a lovely boardwalk lined with attractions, art installations and restaurants.

The pristine beach at Half Moon Bay is popular with fishing enthusiasts and water sports fans. Head out on a diving trip to see some of Saudi Arabia’s underwater wrecks, beautiful corals and colourful creatures of the deep.

cultural bedouin tea nuts and dried fruit in dammam

Local culture and cuisine

Culture is ever present in Dammam – as soon as you touch down at King Fahd International Airport the glorious mosque sets the tone. Step into the city to find an atmosphere filled with religion and art.

In Saudi Arabia, there’s a heritage village in almost every city. These immersive centres showcase the region’s traditions and reveal how life has changed through the ages.

In Dammam, the Heritage Village sits within a large, five-storey fortress full of artefacts, photographs, swords, jewellery and ornaments. The highlight is the traditional dinner. Authentic Saudi dishes, old and new, are served in rooms with different themes – all adding to the historic experience.

interior view of othaim mall in dammam

A myriad of malls

Dammam residents love their shopping – and their malls. With so many dotted around the city, it’s easy to browse for holiday souvenirs and boutique finds. Each mall also offers great entertainment for families and children.

Shaped like a giant ship, Othaim Mall has over 390 shops, more than 30 eateries and two entertainment zones, including a water park. Relax with tea and dates – the classic Saudi afternoon refreshment – at one of its laid-back cafes.

Things to know before you fly to Dammam

plane Airport transfers

King Fahd International Airport (DMM) is 12 miles (19 kilometres) north-west of the city centre. Hourly buses operate – they run most hours of the day and take up to 45 minutes to reach the centre of Dammam. Book an Etihad transfer and you should be in central Dammam around 30 minutes after your flight lands.

charities Cultural considerations

Saudi Arabia has begun to relax its dress code, but you should still be aware of the rules and customs of this traditional Muslim country. During the holy month of Ramadan, you may find that many local shops and restaurants operate at different opening hours.

bus Getting around

The easiest way to travel around Dammam is by car or taxi. Hire cars are available from many international companies throughout the city. There are also plenty of taxis in Dammam – you may wish to agree a fee in advance.

accommodation Where to stay

Some of the city’s best hotels can be found on King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Road. Here, the hotels overlook the sea and sand to provide great views. You’ll also be close to the waterfront restaurants and attractions.

Flying to Dammam: FAQs

What is the currency in Dammam?

Dammam’s currency is the Saudi riyal (SAR). There are 100 halalas in each riyal. For any day trips or overnight stays outside Dammam it’s a good idea to carry riyals, as some hotels and shops may not accept credit cards.

What should I do in Dammam?

Experience life in the desert, Bedouin style. A camel ride across the sands will lead you to a luxurious campsite where you can sleep under the stars. If you prefer the home comforts of your hotel room, a desert safari will see you zipping across the dunes in a 4×4 and have you back in the city by nightfall.

What food is Dammam known for?

Fly to Dammam for authentic Saudi flavours like murtabak, a folded vegetable pancake, or laban – a refreshing yoghurt drink that’s ideal for Dammam’s hottest days. Try seafood at a local restaurant too and enjoy freshly-caught fish.

Why we love Dammam

“Dammam is one of the best cities in Saudi Arabia for dining out, while the scuba diving, beautiful beaches and traditional culture combine to make it a must-visit.”

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Weather in Dammam

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