Fly To Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dammam welcomes you to one of the most oil-rich areas in the world. Dammam is strikingly modern, with sprawling suburbs – it’s also the largest and longest settled town in Saudi Arabia. The town is home to scores of Asian immigrants and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine you’re in Saudi Arabia! There are plenty of banks in the city, as well as internet cafes, and even men’s only establishments.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Saudi Arabia can be found at UM Al-Hammam, East dist, bld. #7 King Khalid Road, PO Box 94006, 11693, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Phone: +966-1-442-9716.
See and do
The Dammam Corniche is a green strip that faces the gulf and when the weather is good it’s a great place for walking (there is a 4km walking path) and a picnic. For something a little different, visit Al Morjan Island – an artificial island with a monument in the centre. The island acts as an extension to the Corniche. In Dammam you can also visit the largest flagpole in Saudi Arabia – it stretches a whopping 60 metres and makes for some fun photos.
Al-Karia Ash-Sha’abia is a good place to learn about Saudi Arabian culture and try out some traditional food. The restaurant and museum can be found within the Corniche area.
There are two malls in Dammam worth checking out: Marina mall and Ash-Shate’a mall. They’re both near the Corniche and are very similar to western-type malls so expect to find international restaurant chains and well known fast food outlets in the food court.
Alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia so there are neither pubs nor bars in Dammam. There are numerous cafes and juice bars serving non-alcoholic speciality drinks and cocktails. You can also buy non-alcoholic beer in most of the shops.
Public transport is below average in the city and Taxis and "dubbabs" are the most readily available. We suggest renting a vehicle in Dammam.
King Fahd International Airport – DMM
Opened in 1999, King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) is located 30 kilometres northwest of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest airport in the world in terms of land area, making it larger than the nearby country of Bahrain.
Food and beverage: Pax, Coffee Talk, Costa Coffee, Subway, La Cuisine, Sbbaro Restaurant, Krispy Kreme - all outlets are open 24 hours.
Currency Exchange: NCB (National Commercial Bank) in the Departures Hall is open from 8am to 10pm. Al-Rajhi Bank is located in the Departures and the Arrivals Hall at Dammam Airport and is open from 8am to 8pm daily. There are also ATMs available throughout the public areas of the airport.
Airport Hotels: None on site but the Amada Dammam Hotel and Suites (45 minutes away) offers an airport shuttle.
Car Hire: In the Arrivals Hall: Avis, Budget, Hertz and others.
Airport Hub: King Fahd International Airport (code DMM) is a hub for Saudia.