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Dammam is the capital of Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province, and the country's fifth-largest city. Serviced by the King Fahd International Airport 12 miles (20km) to the northwest and the King Abdul Aziz Sea Port, Damman is a travel hub for the eastern part of the country and Saudi Arabia's gateway to the Persian Gulf.
Travellers coming from the airport get a true taste of the desert as they drive past sand dunes, camels and Bedouin tents. Once in the city, visitors can have a picnic on the Dammam Corniche, take a walk on Al Marjan Island and eat dinner and tour the cultural museum at the Heritage Village.
Located about 19 miles (30km) from the city, Half Moon Bay is a popular recreational spot and weekend excursion from Dammam. Known for excellent scuba diving, fishing and sailing, the area has several public beaches as well as the entertaining Palm Beach Resort.
Dammam is a shopper's paradise, as the city is home to several excellent shopping malls that offer plenty of stores and restaurants to suit all palates, as well as the opportunity to beat the heat. A few of the most popular are the Al Waha Mall, Al Bilad Mall, Green Shopping Centre and Al Danah Mall.
Dammam has a hot desert climate. Temperatures remain high all year round and the city experiences little annual rainfall. Summer temperatures (April to October) average from around 77°F (25°C) to 113°F (45°C), and can reach as high as 122°F (50°C). Dust storms occur in the summer months, with sand sweeping over the city. Not only does this cause travel disruptions but it can adversely affect those with respiratory conditions. There is a marginal amount of rainfall in the winter (December to February) and this is the best time to visit, as temperatures are more bearable.
Dammam does not have an extensive public transport system and the easiest way of getting around the city is by car. It's relatively easy to rent a car and a number of well-known international car hire companies are located at the airport and in the city centre.
Public buses are available, but are mostly used by foreign workers for travel within the city. There are plenty of taxis and 'dubbabs' in Dammam, which can be hailed from the street or pre-booked by telephone. Taxis charge between 10-20 SR for trips within the city. These offer the best means of transport for those not wanting to hire a car. Single women travelling alone should avoid taking a taxi on their own.
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