The triplets Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar are three major cities in Saudi Arabia. All three belong to the Eastern Province. The province borders in the east the Persian Gulf. However, southeast Qatar and the United Arabic Emirates are not far from Dammam. From Al Khobar starts the 26 km long “King Fahd Causeway”. The highway connects Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. That is the only connection between both countries.
The three cities of Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar are linked together today. Altogether they shape the metropolitan area of Dammam. The triplets are connected by a highway with Saudi’s capital Riad. It’s the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Eastern Province. Even more, the Eastern Province is also the centre of the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia. Previously Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar had been small fishing villages. But today the metropolitan area grows into a major economic centre.
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.
Surrounded by desert the region Dammam has an extremely hot desert climate. Especially in summertime temperatures raised between 45 and 50 degrees. In wintertime, the temperature drops below 10 °C. So far, in February heavy thunderstorms attended by a lot of rain are not unusual.
Not far from Half Moon Bay, a population of flamingos has their home. It’s nice to watch such beautiful pink coloured and tall birds. The flamingos always picking in the water and looking for some food. Al Khobar has a Corniche. It’s a long road along the shore. The Corniche is 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.