About East Province

East Province offers a unique blend of contemporary malls and prevalent natural beaches. The most populous city of Saudi Arabia, East Province is a beautiful and ancient city with a rich cultural history going back a thousand years. The city is flooded with stunning sites, both natural and archaeological, vastly contrasting landscapes, and very friendly and polite people. The East Province is comprised of Dammam, Dhahran, Al-Khobar, Jubail, and Hofuf. All of these cities are clustered together and a fifteen-minute drive from each other. Its Corniche has a large waterfront area, which has Prince Faisal bin Fahad Sea Park, with cafes and playgrounds. The city also has a Water Tower that offers panoramic views. The other attractions include Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science & Technology Center (SciTech) which has an aquarium, interactive displays, and an IMAX theater. The city also has the Aramco Exhibit, a museum exploring the Saudi oil industry. The East Province offers great hospitability to its visitors provided the cultural norms are followed. The cities have a lot of attractive destinations including beaches, palaces, museums, art centers, and shopping malls. The Eastern Province offers a lot of activities and destinations for tourists and is a must visit.

Public Transport System

Bus and Taxis

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency:Moderate to High Cleanliness: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Taxi normal start tariff is 15 SAR

One way transport in local bus has starting fare of 2 SAR and increases depending on the distance.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle SAR 0.00
Cup of Coffee SAR 13.00
Milk Carton Pack SAR 5.00
Rice/Kg SAR 7.00
White Bread SAR 4.00
Eggs (12) SAR 8.00
Combo Meal SAR 25.00
Fine Dining SAR 100.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi SAR 1.00
Domestic Beer SAR 4.00
Imported Beer SAR 5.00
Bottle of Wine SAR 50.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) SAR 24.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) SAR 9.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). SAR 2.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) SAR 1860.00


  • Do wear clothes that are respectable. Men can wear long pants and sleeved shirts. Women can wear loose trousers or skirts, and long-sleeved shirts,
  • Do wear a traditional abaya on top.
  • Do carry your identification documents with you anywhere you go.
  • Do follow the lines.There are different lines for men and women at various places and at times the timings are also different and one must check these rules before visiting any place.
  • Do shake hands as a formal way of greeting for welcome and farewell.
  • Do check the weather before going on outings.
  • Do pay a tip to the services offered as it is considered good practice.


  • Smoking is banned in most of the public places.
  • Anyone caught in possession of wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages can be put in jail.
  • Photographs of government buildings, airport, women, military, and palaces are restricted.
  • Maintain a respectable body language even if you are traveling with your spouse.
  • Avoid tap water for any kind of internal use and use bottled water for drinking.

Night Life

East Province, a part of the religious city of Saudi Arabia has strict prohibitions again alcohol consumption. Unlike many other cities, bars, night clubs, and pubs are not part of this culturally rich community. Fun and enjoyable nightlife are not just restricted to drinking, the city is adorned with many restaurants and classic dining places. The night wanderers even get the privilege to indulge in shopping and eating at malls that are open late at night. The malls such as Al-Rashid Mall, Dhahran Mall, and Othaim mall (Dammam) are good options to spend some interesting evenings and to dine out as late as 11:00 p.m.

Must See

  • Dughaither Village is on the shore and provides a very good sea view and has lots of restaurants ranging from all seafood to the Canadian Meat Feast
  • Visit Toy Town - it has a number of indoor parks filled with rides, video games, and intellectual games for kids
  • Taybeen Museum is a must-visit to remember the things used in the 80s and 90s like groceries, and television
  • Roses Garden
  • Khobar Water Tower is an iconic symbol, a lot of lights, music, and fireworks activities


  • Shopping at the Al Rashid, Othiam, and Galleria Mall
  • Take an evening walk across the Golden Belt Walk
  • Enjoy the local cuisines available at the various food stalls in the city
  • Savor Kapsa, the national dish available in different restaurants
  • Experience water sports at different beaches
  • Gaming zones can be enjoyed at the malls



Al-Khobar Auction Market
Antique Markets
Ibn Sina, Al Khobar
Distance From City Center
5.6 Km
Antique Markets
Al Ulaya, Al Khobar
Distance From City Center
10 Km
Almira Centre
Antique Markets
King Fahd Road, An Nasiriyah, Dammam
Distance From City Center
4.3 Km
Al-Rashid Mall
Shopping Malls
P.O. Box 4403, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Distance From City Center
10.2 Km.
Rebal International
Shopping Malls
King Abdullah St
Distance From City Center
13.4 Km.
Mall of Dhahran
Shopping Malls
Mall of Dhahran Boulevard, Doha Al Janubiyah
Distance From City Center
12.8 Km.
Othaim Mall
Shopping Malls
Othaim Mall، Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Branch Rd, Abdullah Fuad
Distance From City Center
23 Km.
Alshaikh Avenue
Shopping Malls
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Yarmouk
Distance From City Center
17 Km.
Sale World
Shopping Malls
King Saud St, Al Dawasir, Dammam
Distance From City Center
5.4 kM
Aziziyah Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
King Fahd Rd, Al Sufun
Distance From City Center
17.8 Km.
Traditional ladies market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
8020 Jeddah St, Thuqbah, 3616
Distance From City Center
7.5 Km.
Waqif Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
King Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz
Distance From City Center
50 Km.
Tamimi Markets
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Prince Turkey Street
Distance From City Center
14.8 Km
Qaisariyat Alrashid
Antique Markets
Al Ulaya
Distance From City Center
10.5 Km.
Pinas Supermarket
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Al Khobar Al Shamalia
Distance From City Center
12.3 Km.
Venicia Mall
Shopping Malls
Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Rd, Thuqbah
Distance From City Center
8.7 Km.
Hayat Mall
Shopping Malls
Meshaab St, Al Khobar Al Janubiyah
Distance From City Center
12.6 Km
  • Thonged-style leather Saudi sandals are very popular and also comfortable
  • Traditional Saudi coffee pots called dallah 
  • Gold jewelry
  • Roasting pans and stirrers to prepare Arabian coffee
  • Maamool mold to make cookies
  • Pallets and pallets of rugs
  • Amber beads for table decorations
  • Vintage mixed jewelry
  • Long woolen mantle called bisht

Official Language


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Saudi Riyal (SAR)


5 (Millions)

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Airport Name / IATA Code

King Fahd International Airport - DMM

Airport Name / IATA Code

Al-Ahsa International Airport - HOF

Best time to visit

Best time to visit is during October, November, December, January, February, and March when the temperatures do not go below 30 degrees. The days are sunny with moderate weather conditions and are ideal for planning excursions.

Moderate time to visit

The moderate time is in April and May, during the spring season, when the temperature is not very high and rainfall has not started.

Worst time to visit

The worst time during the month of June, July, August, and September, when the temperature reaches 40 degrees and above. Also, the rainfall starts towards the month of July making it tough to plan the outings.


Start Tariff: SAR 139.44

1 Km. Tariff: SAR 15.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: SAR 30.00

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