Welcome to the InterContinental Al Khobar.Our concierge staff is pleased to assist you in creating lasting memories. Located at the center of the business district and surrounded by the best restaurants,Shopping Malls,corniche, it is perfect for business & leisure.
Our professional well trained concierge team will be more than happy to assist you with airline bookings, touristic information, car rental, restaurant bookings, Post Cards, lost luggage, maps, newspapers and everything you may need during your stay.
As dawn breaks, take a stroll along the palm-fringed Corniche and watch the morning sun slowly bathe the city in light. You can then enjoy breakfast at one of the many cafés located along the Corniche. After your refreshing start, head to Al Rashed Mall, the biggest and most modern mall in Saudi Arabia, for an extravagant shopping experience. The variety and choice of shops and brands is certain to delight the most seasoned shoppers.
Visit the Heritage Village, probably one of the greatest traditional museums in Saudi Arabia. The treasures found there are amazing and give a fascinating insight into Islamic history, science and invention as well as Bedouin culture. There are even artefacts dating back to the Stone Age. You can enjoy a late lunch at the adjoining restaurant which serves delicious, traditional Saudi dishes. Afterwards, proceed to the traditional Saudi Souk on the second floor for a little light afternoon shopping.
In the evening as the sun sets and the temperature drops, enjoy a relaxing dinner at Sanbouk, a delightful restaurant on the Corniche serving freshly caught fish and seafood - all beautifully prepared and presented. Be sure to get a table overlooking the Arabian Gulf so you can sit back, relax and feel the stress of the day fade away.
Shops and businesses closes during each prayer for atleast 20-30 minutes. There are five prayers a day and times are published in the local newspaper or can be searched on Internet. The exceptions to the closure during prayer time are hospitals, airports, public transport and taxis, which continue to run normally. Shopping malls also remain open, however the shops inside tend to be closed.
The culture of Saudi Arabia is a rich one that has been shaped by its Islamic heritage, its historical role as an ancient trade center, and its Bedouin traditions. Kingdom has a unique diversity in its traditional heritage, varying from one province to another, each describes the early social life of its locals
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and society reflects this. Along with Judaism and Christianity, Islam is one of the great monotheistic religions. The Qur'an is the holy book of Islam.
Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. During the daylight hours of Ramadan, please remember not to drink, eat or smoke in public areas.
THE LEGAL SYSTEM
The judicial system of the Kingdom is based on Islamic Law (Shari'ah) and Royal Decrees. Shari'ah is taken from the interpretations of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnat. Royal Decrees are also issued to regulate industrial and commercial affairs.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Dammam City is an important Saudi port in the Arabian Gulf. 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 some of the most important centres in the world for the production and refining of petroleum.
King Fahd Causeway
The most spectacular road project in the Kingdom was the construction of the King Fahd Causeway, connecting the Saudi Arabian mainland with the island of Bahrain. This four-lane highway, 25 meters wide and about 16 miles long, cost US$1.2 billion to build and was financed entirely by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A man-made island at the midway point of the causeway provides fantastic views of the surrounding ocean.
Saudi Arabia is the world's largest exporter of oil, at least four times higher than of Norway. Daily production of oil stands at approximately 1.3 million tons a day.
The Tarut Citadel, an ancient crab-shaped fortress, with nine-metre high walls, 11 towers, connecting bridges, and a complex of secret passages for use during wartime, is thought to be over 5000 years old.
Half moon Beach
It is a location with a marvelous nature extending approximately 25 km along the coast. It is considered a perfect place for recreation, water sports, diving and water skating.
WHAT TO PACK
It is recommended that you exchange some currency before you arrive in the Kingdom, just enough to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel. The Saudi Riyal (SR) is the unit of currency, with one Saudi Riyal made up of a hundred Halalahs. Since July 1986, the Saudi Riyal has been pegged to the US dollar with a fixed exchange rate of SR3.75 to US$1. InterContinental Al Khobar provides currency exchange facilities at the front desk.
A hijab is a traditional Islamic norm whereby women are required "to draw their outer garments around them" and dress in a modest manner. Saudi Arabia is different from many Islamic societies in the extent of the covering that it considers Islamically correct hijab by wearing a black colored gown called the abaya.
What not to pack! Make sure that you do not carry any alcohol with you while entering Saudi Arabia. All forms of liquor are prohibited in the Kingdom.
Change some money into Saudi Riyals - just enough to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel - before you leave home, so you can avoid unpleasant queues at the airport ATMs.
The climate of the Kingdom varies from region to region, but Al Khobar can be extremely hot with temperatures comfortably above 40C. Saudi Arabia has no rivers or permanent streams so be sure to bring light summer wear and do not forget your swimwear.
From KIFA Airport drive on King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Road,keep straight & pass Dammam Tunnel, DHL Signal and stay on the local road, drive towards Al Khobar untill you reach Prince Turki Bin Faisal Street ,& from Silver Tower signal and take a U turn before the signal. Hotel is located 45 minutes from King Fahad International Airport.