Friday, September 12, 2014

My journey to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I'm delighted to write about my journey to Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province (Ash Sharqiyah) of Saudi Arabia. 

Facts I didnt know
The Governor of the Province is His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Naïf.                                      Dammam is the largest city in the Eastern province, and it's the fifth largest in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh, Jedda, Mecca and Medina.
Dammam is home to a vast sea, beautiful beaches and excellent fishing spots.                     
It's a cosmopolitan and a mega city; an analogous reflection of places like Lagos Nigeria.

Places I visited in Dammam

The King Abdullah Park
It's located on the seafront in Dammam. It's distinctive designs includes extensive green spaces equipped with all services, such as restaurants, children's playgrounds, amusement park, fountains and theater for holding celebrations and festivals.               
I enjoyed sightseeing of the seafront and its environment. My child certainly had a swell time, playing and enjoying himself                         

The Dammam Corniche
This Corniche has a natural and beautiful view which comprises green spaces and sandy areas, children's playgrounds, kiosks and service facilities.             

Traditional Market
There we saw a lot of traditional goods, and clothing for men, women, and oriental eastern perfumes and jewelries and so on. I met a nice Sudanese lady, who told me more about the origins of the market. After moving round the market, I bought a make up pack with a unique brand from her and I loved its quality.

Dammam is not short of luxurious shopping centers and hotels of global brand names. I visited Sheraton hotel and cap it all by visiting Panda to get something we needed for traveling back to our destination.                                    

Do not forget your bed sheet, blanket, hand wash to avoid direct contact through using used hotel materials like, bed spread, pillows and blankets. (Sometimes you just might not like what you see)                      

Furnished apartments and food are relatively cheap in Dammam.  Hotel prices vary from a 100 to 750 Riyal for single suites and 200 riyal to 1500 riyal for family suites, depending on location and taste.

There are still more places to visit in Dammam, hope to visit them some other time.                            Again, the GPS assisted in locating so many places, banks, hotels, restaurants parks and more, so its a good idea to equip yourself with your internet connections when traveling. It is a must-have tool for traveling these days. If you are coming from outside Saudi Arabia, you can always use your international passport to buy a SIM card or browser at the Airport Complex or simply roam your countrys network (but this is usually more expensive).                                   


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