Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar
The triplets Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar are three major cities in Saudi Arabia. They belong to the Eastern Province. The province borders in the east to the Persian Gulf. Very close in opposite to the cities locates the island state Bahrain. However, in the southeast Qatar and the United Arabic Emirates are not far from Dammam.
The three cities of Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar linked together today. Altogether they shape the metropolitan area Dammam. The triplets connected by a highway with Saudi’s capital Riad.
It’s the economic, cultural and administrative centre of theEastern Province. Even more, the Eastern Province is also the centre of the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia. Previously Dammam, Dhahran, Al Khobar had been small fishing villages. But today the metropolitan area grows into a major economic centre.
The Persian Gulf and desert
Surrounded by desert the region Dammam has an extremely hot desert climate. Especially in the summertime temperatures raised between 45 and 50 degrees we measured daily. In the wintertime, the temperature drops below 10 °C. We didn’t expect that the desert could be so cold. So far, in February we experienced heavy thunderstorms attended by a lot of rain.
The Half Moon Bay is a long beach in the south of Al Khobar. Used not only by locals as a recreation area. Kilometres of beach, hotels and compounds are here.
In Al Khobar starts the 26 km long “King Fahd Causeway”. The highway connects Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Actually, the highway is a long bridge. That is the only connection between both countries over the Gulf. The checkpoint between both countries locates in the middle of the highway on an artificial island.
Not far from the Half Moon Bay we could watch all over the time a population of flamingos. It’s nice to see such beautiful pink coloured and tall birds. Sometimes they are in a huge group but all the time in the same place. The flamingos always picking in the water and looking for some food.
Al Khobar has a Corniche. It is a long road along the shore. The Corniche lined up with many restaurants, coffee shops and playgrounds along the Persian Gulf. It’s a famous place especially in the evening and on weekends. Also, we did that and enjoyed our time in Al Khobar. Dammam, Dhahran, Al Khobar the triplets grow from insignificant villages to an important economic centre.