Ad Dammam, town lies in eastern Saudi Arabia, in Ash Sharqiyah (Al Hasa) Province, on the Persian Gulf. It is one of the nation's
chief ports, serving as a major exporting point for petroleum and natural gas. King Faisal University (1975) is here.
Ad Dammam was a small coastal community until the late 1930s, when it began to be developed as a port. Several large-scale
residential and commercial building projects were undertaken here in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The port city is well connected by road, rail, and air with the rest of Saudi Arabia, as well as with its neighboring countries.
Apart from housing the main seat of the Easter Province administration, Dammam is a major residential and commercial center.
An important section of King Faisal University is located here.
Dammam is about 400 km away from Riyadh. It is the capital of the Eastern region and a very important port.
It was a separate small town but now it has become one big town, linking Al-Khobar and Al-Dhahran. Dammam is now a major
Historians believe that Dammam was initially called DAMDAMA, which means the sound of drums that announce the
beginning or the end of the hunting season. Near Dammam lies a very important center for refining petroleum.
The population of Dammam is about one million.
Dammam retains the spirit of its past heritage, for which its local population is very proud.
The Trading Port is reflective of a map of olden days. One well-maintained watch tower stands
guard on King Saud Road as you pass from the City Center to Jubail highway.
A typical conical structure, representing a glimpse of the past, is situated on the right corner of
the bifurcating road leading to Saihat.
Dammam is the largest town in the eastern region; it has expanded to the city limits of two other modern towns,
Al-Khobar and Dhahran. Near Dammam are located the most important centers in the world for the production and refining
of petroleum. The population of Dammam is greater than a million. The most important features of the city are:
- King Fahd International
- Half-Moon Bay (South of Khobar)
- King Fahd Park
- National Museum
- King Abdul Aziz Seaport
- Kind Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
- Heritage Centre Dammam