The Dammam Corniche is undoubtedly the city's top attraction, famous throughout Saudi Arabia.
Not bad for a seaside promenade
Day-trippers from nearby cities Alkhobar, Dhahran and Jubail often descend on the Corniche, and it's a favorite spot for expats and western visitors too. Feeling the cool sea breeze on your face is a blessing, especially during summer when temperatures can soar to above 40°C. It's common to see crowds of people out and about on the promenade, enjoying an evening walk or simply watching the seagulls dive into the blue waters of the Persian Gulf.
Buzzing cafes, manicured gardens, carnival rides and a wonderfully chilled-out atmosphere combined to make the Corniche the perfect spot to spend your down time in Dammam. Take a cruise around Marjan Island, watch the sunset over the waters of the Persian Gulf as you sip thick Arabic coffee on a restaurant terrace, pop your trainers on and enjoy an invigorating early morning run along the promenade, or simply flop down on the grass and enjoy a barbecue of fresh-caught fish with the locals. Just settle in with your fishing rod and see what you land; the best times to catch fish off this stunning coastline are at sunrise and sunset.
Art on the promenade
While you're out on the promenade, look out for the modern art installations dotted alongside the path. The sculptures are designed by local artists and are inspired by Saudi Arabia's love of art. You can find them all along the boardwalk, from Aziziah Beach to Tarout Island. In 2014, extra effort was put into turning the area into an "outdoor art gallery", with a campaign to cover unsightly service stations and water tanks with paintings inspired by the local environment and culture. Whether you're visiting the city for business or for pleasure, you'll find plenty of reasons to spend your evening at the Corniche, just a short stroll from our our hotel in Dammam.