Dammam is one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's most beautiful cities and it enjoys a superb location on the Persian Gulf where crystal clear waters and sparkling white sand beaches, such as the aptly named Half Moon Beach, are a major attraction.
Join the locals and take a walk on the Corniche, where a popular designated walking track extends for 2 miles (4km) along the scenic shores of the Gulf. Beach sports are popular and there are kiosks for drinks and snacks as well as children's playgrounds, and the grassy spaces, gardens and sandy areas on the Corniche are beautiful.
Man-made Al-Marjan Island is an extension of the Corniche, and is connected by a bridge to the pier. Try one of the ferry or boat trips to the island to enjoy the well laid out children's playgrounds and to see the monument at its centre, or visit the Dolphin Centre at the entrance to the island where daily seal and dolphin shows and an amusement park are major attractions.
Be sure to visit King Abdullah Park while you're on the sea front. The park has a distinctive design which includes extensive grassy spaces, fountains, restaurants and playgrounds, as well as a theatre which is the venue for several festivals and celebrations.
Tarout Castle stands high on a hill at the centre of Tarout Island in the old town and was named after the ancient Phoenician God of love and beauty. This historical landmark was built in the 16th century, on the site of previous ancient settlements that date back over 5000 years. Today, visitors can see the Al-Basha bath and enjoy incredible views over the city from the island.
There is also exceptional shopping in the city, and the Ash-Shate'a mall and Marina mall have a range of designer and local stores, as well as several international franchise restaurants in their food courts areas.