Saudi Arabia encompasses most of the Arabian Peninsula, and is a land of astonishing natural beauty with Red Sea and Persian Gulf coastlines. The spiritual home and birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia offers a wealth of attractions and stirring symbolism.
Al Ahsa is part of the region known historically as Al Bahrain, a traditional oasis region in eastern Saudi Arabia. Recently nominated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, due to its abundance of water in an otherwise arid region.
As well as a place of historic significance, Al Ahsa has lots of modernity. Saudi Aramco is the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. Aramco have a large unit in Ahsa which also features many medical facilities including a hospital.
The neighbouring city of Al Hofuf is a major urban centre in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Known for its old souks, palaces and producing of dates. The Al Ahsa Mall is very popular with neighbouring Qatar residents.
Ahmed, General Manager, recommends:
“The beautiful Jawatha Mosque was the earliest mosque built in east Arabia and most of the original structure is in ruins, but it’s very peaceful and still used for prayer. I’d recommend paying a visit to Al-Mulla House as well. The stunning King Abdulla Park is worth a visit, as a large recreation and nature area, while the Ibrahim Palace nearby is a spot of impressive cultural significance. Of course I must say the Coral Al Ahsa Hotel has an array of great menu choices including Thursdays’ Shrimp and Crabs and Fridays’ Oriental Food and Mixed Grill, for delicious dining.”
Take a journey to Al Jubail to discover the largest industrial city in the Middle East, not to mention in the world. It is home to a number of large industries, most notably SABIC and a booming market place known as the International Market.
The Picnic Zone is situated to the West of the industrial zone, it is an invaluable recreation area to the city and includes many verdant sites, playgrounds and facilities for water sports. Meanwhile, Al Batwah Island is affiliated with the industrial city and features fishing sites, a marina and a zoo.
If you are visiting on business or are interested in the Industrial Zone, it boasts nineteen main factories with 136 ancillary installations. They are producers of steel, aluminium, plastic and fertilizers. The Industrial Zone area spans more than eighty kilometres.
Medhat, General Manager, recommends:
“Without a doubt, Al-Fanateer Seafront and Marina is one of the most beautiful seafronts in Jubail. The beach extends along the shores of the Arabian Gulf and there’s lots of activities such as water skiing, fishing and diving. “I love it here because of the beautiful plants, shrubs and flowers. There’s also a jogging area and a park with a children’s playground area. It’s perfect for every age group and preference."
‘’Now for shopping…Al-Fanateer Mall is located on the Arabian Gulf beach. It’s an upscale shopping mall with most of the international brands – I find it hard to resist just buying everything! It’s opposite the famous Fanateer Corniche. I’d also say to head to Al-Huwaylat Mall which has a supermarket and a branch of the Jarir Bookstore, one of my favourite book stores. Kids can enjoy an indoor amusement park and a food court serving international and local cuisines. Looking for a market? The ‘Ladies Market’ is located on Al-Qatif Street of Jubail Al-Balad. The souk has shops selling a range of local products, from clothes to gift items. Make sure you bargain for a good deal, I always do!’’
Al Khobar is found in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council and known as one of ‘’The Triplet Cities’’. As a major metropolitan area it is famous for its fishing and pearl diving heritage, oil industry and the arts.
El Sayed, General Manager, recommends:
“My absolute favourite beach area has to be Half Moon Beach – it’s so beautiful and perfect for sailing. For something indoors, you simply must visit the Scitech Technology Centre with exhibits for all age groups. From life undersea to a stargazing experience in the IMAX Theatre – the first in the Middle East – it’s very cool.”
“I would also say to head down to Al-Nakheel Beach, also known as Palm Beach. I like to say this place is old but gold! It’s got many trees and palms on one section, with the other part of the park having two volleyball and basketball areas. There’s a jogging area and then a third part of the Palm Beach with lots of umbrellas. It’s a very relaxing place.”