Dhahran, with Dammam and Al Khobar, form the Greater Dammam Area located eastern of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf. The town of Dhahran is located near the scene of the original discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia in 1938, it is now a modern community that serves as the administrative headquarters of the Arabian Saudi Aramco, the world's largest producer of oil. For obvious reasons, it is also the site of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals which is founded there in 1963. The first KFUPM students were admitted a year later, on 23 September 1964, when 67 young men enrolled in what was then the College of Petroleum and Minerals (CPM). KFUPM is proud to be a leading university in the gulf region, due to its culture of achieving and maintaining high-quality standards in all of its academic programs and its strong attachment with the booming industry sector in Saudi Arabia.
The Dammam Area has an ample amount of shopping centers range from the smaller, downtown, ethnic shops to the ultra-modern Malls, with its many Western brands. A lot of attractions points are in the region include:
Corniche Al-Khobar: This picturesque boardwalk along the Arabian Gulf provides a lovely tiled walking surface as well as a jogging path.
The King Fahd Causeway: This fifteen and a half miles long (25 km) bridge is the second longest causeway in the world linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain.
Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Center for Science and Technology: The center contains seven halls devoted for various areas of science and technology cover various fields including earth, space, seas and exploration.
Heritage Centre Dammam: This museum depicts various aspects of regional life in Saudi Arabia. It also has an interesting collection of local Bedouin crafts, traditional costumes and Islamic pottery, as well as some Stone Age tools.
The Saudi Aramco Exhibition Centre: This is the best museum in Saudi Arabia; a fascinating guide to the oil industry, explaining how the oil is brought up to the surface and how it is located in the first place. There are also displays on Arab science and technology.
Half Moon Bay: Private and public beaches are in this area up the coast, known as Half Moon Bay. It is worth a drive along the coast road. Quadpeds are very popular and may be hired for a drive up the quite impressive sand dunes. Camel rides may be booked in many areas. There are also diverse open market areas to browse.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia total population is 27,136,977 people, 18,707,576 of them Saudis, according to 2010 statistics, and the growth rate of the total population between 2004 and 2010 is 3.2%, while the population density is 14 people / sq km. The 2010 GDP reached with constant prices to 3.76%, the private sector contributed at a rate of 47.8%, while the GDP per capita at the current prices reached 60.066 SAR. Moreover, the gross enrollment rate in primary education in 2009 reached 99%, and the infant mortality rate for the same year reached 17.3 per thousand live births, while the unemployment rate among Saudis in the same year reached 10.5%.
The flag of Saudi Arabia has a green background featuring a white inscription above a white horizontal sword (the tip of the sword points to the hoist side of the flag). The text is known as Sahada or the Islamic statement of faith, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet." and the script is in Thuluth. The flag was officially adopted on March 15, 1973.
The Saudi Arabian Official Emblem is a date palm, representing vitality and growth, and two crossed swords, symbolizing justice and strength.
The flag of Saudi Arabia has a green background featuring a white inscription above a white horizontal sword (the tip of the sword points to the hoist side of the flag). The text is known as Sahada or the Islamic statement of faith, "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet." and the script is in Thuluth. The flag was officially adopted on March 15, 1973. The Saudi Arabian Official Emblem is a date palm, representing vitality and growth, and two crossed swords, symbolizing justice and strength.
Located in the central province, is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. . It is also the high-tech center of modern Saudi Arabia and houses the headquarters of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the focal point of Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage in which almost two million Muslims from all parts of the world participate every year.
Is the city where Prophet Muhammad emigrated and lived.
Located along the eastern coast of the Red Sea, is the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, and serves as an entrance to the rest of the peninsula.
Is the capital of the Eastern Province. It houses the Emirate of the Eastern Province and also branches of many ministries, governmental agencies and departments. King Fahd International Airport is located northwest of the city. Dammam Port is the largest on the Arab Gulf.
Saudi Riyal (SR) pegged to U.S. dollar ($1=SR3.745); bank notes, in Arabic and English, in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 riyals; coins in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 halalahs, with 100 halalahs equal to one riyal; metric system in use.
Almost the entire Kingdom is arid, although there is rainfall in the north and along the mountain range to the west, especially in the far southwest, which receives the monsoon rains in summer. Sporadic rain can also occur elsewhere, sometimes very heavily, causing serious flooding, including in Riyadh, where the air and prevailing winds tend usually to be very dry.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Islamic monarchy in which Islam is the official religion.