About Dhahran

06 - 08 May 2024   |   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country located in the Middle East on the Arabian Peninsula. It is the largest country in the Middle East and covers an area of approximately 2.15 million square kilometers.

The country has a rich history that dates back thousands of years, with significant cultural and historical ties to the Islamic religion. It is the birthplace of Islam and home to the two holiest cities in Islam, Mecca and Medina. Millions of Muslims from around the world visit Saudi Arabia each year to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

The discovery of the first commercial oil field of the Kingdom occurred in 1938 in Dhahran. After this the city rapidly developed and infrastructure like roads, railways, and a sea port were constructed. One of the three International airports of Saudi Arabia is located in Dhahran. The King Fahd International Airport is a wonder of modern engineering as well as traditional Islamic architecture.

City of Dhahran Landmarks

Mall of Dhahran

is one of the biggest malls of the Eastern Province. Department stores such as Next, Royal Doulton, BHS, Oasis and Sony, can be found inside this mall. You can buy virtually anything at this place. A few new shopping malls have also opened near the Gulf Meridien Hotel. For fast food you can visit the Fouad Center. It also offers mixed seating. Al Jumah City Centre mall is known for carpets, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. King Khalid Street is famous for its gold shops and Prince Bader Street is a famous shopping point for ladies clothing.

Mall of Dhahran
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

is a world-famous tourist attraction. It is not just an icon but a whole new experience that fuses science, literature, and innovation in a perfect blend. The facilities at Ithra include an Idea Lab, Library, Ithra Theater, Cinema, Ithra Museum, Children’s Museum, Energy Exhibit, The Great Hall, and the Ithra Tower. You will need a whole day to explore all the wonders that this place has to offer.

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

is also situated in the city. It is a magnificent complex and offers world class education. The KFUPM clock tower is a well known landmark of the city. Saudi Aramco's Al-Midra Tower is another famous attraction of the city. The tallest building in Dhahran is the Al-Abdel Kareem Tower.

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