About Al Khobar Al Shamalia, Al KhobarLocated partway between Al Khobar and Dammam, Al Khobar Al Shamalia is a largely residential suburb overlooking the Persian Gulf. Al Khobar was founded in the 1920s by the Dawasir, a Bedouin tribal confederation that feared persecution by the British. It’s traditionally been a district of shopkeepers and merchants, with Al Khobar Al Shamalia’s shopping malls a legacy of this today.
Things to do
Enjoy the sea breezes along the Khobar Corniche, a palm-lined walkway dotted with leafy parks. Marvel at the whitewashed Al Hariri Mosque and gaze up at the futuristic Khobar Water Tower, which boasts a top-floor restaurant offering elevated city views. There are plenty of eateries where you can grab a bite to eat, ranging from Armenian fare at Armin to American burgers at Chili’s.
One of the most popular parks along the Khobar Corniche is the Khobar Sea Front, which features landscaped gardens, reflecting pools and fountains. Directly behind the park is the “I Love Khobar'' sign, a popular backdrop for grabbing a selfie when exploring the neighbourhood.
Travelling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to Scitech, a state-of-the-art science centre affiliated with the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. It features more than 350 exhibits offering a hands-on look at the worlds of science and technology. Don’t miss the centre’s Astronomic Observatory, where you can learn about our galaxy or experience a documentary in Saudi Arabia’s only IMAX theatre.
Al Khobar Al Shamalia is a 20-minute drive from Dammam or 40 minutes from King Fahd International Airport. Trains connect from the Dammam railway station to Abqaiq, Hofuf and Riyadh while buses travel to neighbouring Bahrain. Taxis are the main means of getting around Al Khobar Al Shamalia.