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Visiting Al Khobar – A City Guide
Al Khobar is a laidback city set on Saudi Arabia’s gulf coast. Its sandy beaches and dusty shopping streets may seem quiet, but that’s part of its charm. With museums, malls and restaurants all ticking along at an unhurried pace, Al Khobar is a place that invites visitors to slow down and relax.

Al Khobar: city layout and top attractions
Al Khobar’s downtown area is defined by King Khalid Road on its west and the gulf coast on its east. Most of the city’s commercial activity can be found in Al Aqrabiya and Al Shamaliah, with rows of small shops amongst luxury malls and hotels. The Corniche Road, with its parks and restaurants, runs along much of the coastline. Northwest is Dammam, the regional capital. The beaches of Half Moon Bay lie to the southwest.

The first stop for many is the Corniche, where joggers and cyclists whizz past picnicking families and playing children. You can walk north towards the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Centre, or SciTech, a futuristic building housing several exhibit halls and an aquarium.

The concierge recommends…

  • Immersing yourself in an IMAX film at SciTech’s enormous Scientific Dome. The films are screened in Arabic, but headsets with an English soundtrack are available.
  • Finding out about the Saudi oil industry at the Aramco Exhibit, where interactive displays will keeps kids – and adults – entertained and informed.
  • Half Moon Bay for its long beaches, camel rides and dune buggies.

Eating Out in Al Khobar
Al Khobar offers restaurants and snack outlets at all prices. European-style cafés in Mall of Dhahran and Al-Rashid Mall entice the hungry with freshly baked pastries and strong Arabian coffee. Along the Corniche, food trucks and mobile stalls sell savoury nibbles and sweet treats. Dinners are usually a leisurely affair, with fresh seafood and meat the main feature.

Despite its no-frills exterior, Al Shahrour Restaurant is a local favourite for reasonably priced, high-quality Lebanese food. Al Khobar Traditional Village offers Saudi cuisine in private rooms with floor seating. No trip to Al Khobar would be complete without seafood at the long-established Soul Kitchen.

Restaurants and cafés are divided into “men-only” and “family” sections. The “family” section is for parties of men and women, and all-women groups.

The chef recommends...

  • Kabda Dammami: A traditional Saudi dish with rice, chicken and spices. This hearty meal is usually served on a large platter.
  • Shawarma: A flatbread filled with thinly sliced grilled meat, usually lamb or chicken, shredded vegetables, pickles and condiments.
  • Hammour: Also known as grouper, this succulent, meaty fish can be prepared in any number of ways. Try it grilled with saffron and rosewater.

Shopping in Al Khobar
You’ll feel like a local shopping in Al Khobar’s traditional open-air souq, a sprawling maze of shops between Prince Bandar Street and King Khalid Street, but there are plenty of modern malls, too.

Al-Rashid Mall recreates has air-conditioned comfort in its Qaisariya area, while its Boulevard is a ladies-only section. With luxury labels, Mall of Dhahran is so vast it’s often used for morning walks during the hot summer months.

Shops close for around 10-20 minutes during prayer times. If you’re in a shop during one of these times, you’ll be asked to leave. In the mall, the shops shut, but you can wait in the corridors. In a supermarket or a large store like IKEA, you’ll have to stay inside until the staff re-appear.

Top souvenirs from Al Khobar

  • Gold: Purchase some jewellry to commemorate your trip. Name pendants are a popular souvenir.
  • Home furnishings: Desert Designs is a treasure trove of local wares, including carpets, furniture and lanterns.
  • Aramco oil: The gift shop at the Aramco Exhibit has unusual souvenirs, including acrylic paperweights with a suspended drop of oil.

Culture & Nightlife in Al Khobar
Al Khobar may not have bars and clubs, but that doesn’t mean sitting indoors all evening twiddling your thumbs. You can catch an Arabian Gulf sunset at the Corniche or Half Moon Bay, then bask in the suddenly cool weather with a waterfront stroll.

Shopping is a popular way to while the evening away, and Al Khobar’s souqs and malls come alive at night. Bargaining is expected in small shops, as long as it comes with a friendly manner and a smile. When you’ve reached your window-shopping limit, >Mall of Dhahran has an indoor ice rink and arcade games.

The city holds its annual AlAl Khobar Festival in January, with fireworks on the waterfront, folklore performances, acrobatic shows and sporting events.

Contemporary art galleries in Al Khobar

Leisure in Al Khobar
Al Khobar’s Corniche is packed with waterfront parks and promenades, ideal for casual walks or more rigorous exercise. Early morning and, more commonly, late afternoon, are popular times to go. During the heat of the day, many retreat to Mall of Dhahran or Al-Rashid Mall, both of which have kid-friendly entertainment.

Al Khobar’s excellent road connections make it well-placed for day trips to nearby areas.

Day trips from Al Khobar

  • Head north to Tarout Island, an archaeological site believed to date back over 5,000 years. At its heart is the 16th-century red-clay Tarout Fort, with four striking towers around a central courtyard. After exploring the fort, you can walk through the crumbling stone ruins of the ancient village of Al Deyrah.
  • South of Al Khobar is Hofuf, home to a network of stunning limestone caves in Al Qarah Mountain.

Latest Al Khobar Hotel Reviews


GOOD STAY
By Abusamak
GOOD OVERALL STAY, ACCESS TO THE CITY IS SO EASY OUT OF THIS HOTEL. [Less]
Family Gateaway
By KUDROLI
In IHG, this Khobar property is very good to relax with family. The service provided by the staff is remarkable. Children enjoyed the swimming pool. However, I would like to provide two [More] recommendations, swimming pool should be large so that even adult could enjoy. Executive lounge refreshments should be replenished frequently thus, the guests can feel at home and relax with chit chat. Overall, this facility is good to enjoy and relax if you want to get away from your routine schedule. And staffs are professionals to handle the reputation of IHG. [Less]
Great staff
By Hisham
Every thing was great during my stay and many thanks to Basem Hamdy and Nabil Ahmed for the great hospitality . [Less]
Business Trip
By Sohail99
Rooms are comfortable and spacious, excellent staff and professional service [Less]
The Place to be
By Habib H.
Intercontinental Al Khobar is the place to be when you are in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, The hotel is a true representation of a 5 stars hotel hospitality, friendly staff, generosity at [More] all levels and most important the feeling you get as if you are staying at your own home. Don’t spend your time looking around, just consider this advice from someone who is always at travel and had experienced all types of hotels, Intercontinental Al Khobar is your place to be especially during Ramadan where you will feel really rewarded. [Less]
Perferct Business stay
By Youssef
No hassle; I can focus on my Business while everything is taking care from hotel perspective. [Less]
Good only for relaxing
By Waheed
Very wuite hotel and good setting which is good for relaxingbut very old room furnish [Less]
Best Hotel in Saudi Arabia
By Larry OC
This is the best hotel I have stayed in in Saudi Arabia. It was my sixth hotel stay in KSA, first time Al Khobar. Saudi hotels generally do not measure up, if they say four star, think two star. [More] This hotel is everything you would expect from a Holiday Inn in the US with some features more like Crowne Plaza. Good restaurants, excellent security, modern, spacious, comfortable rooms. Courteous, helpful staff. Faisal made me very welcome at the restaurant and made excellent suggestions. He convinced me to eat dinner in the hotel and it was a good decision. At the registration desk, Hussain was very professional and welcoming. He was also helpful with a couple issues during the stay, ie change for tips, etc. Dinners were competent, good value. Of course, no wine for the meal. Try the Lemon-mint beverage - it adds a counterpoint to food. Breakfast buffet is a must however, don't miss it. Breakfast in the Gulf is one of the high points of stay in this region. [Less]
FEEDBACK
By VYOM
I AM STAYING AT KHOBAR CORNINCHE HOLIDAY INN, I CAME ACCROSS WITH MASUD HE CLEANED THE ROOM VERY WELL AND VERY GOOD BEHAVIOUR PERSON. RESPONDED WELL TO MY REQUIREMENTS. I APPRECIATE TO HAVE THIS KIND [More] OF STAFF IN YOUR HOTEL. [Less]

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