Though it might get overlooked in favour of larger, more glamorous cities, like Riyadh or nearby Doha, the discerning traveler will not want to pass up the opportunity to visit Dammam. As if the stunning desert scenery alone was not enough to enchant visitors, the city also offers heaps of fine dining, great shopping and some of the most pleasant green spaces, parks and seaside walkways you're likely to find at any desert destination. Do not miss the chance to make this part of your next Arabian Peninsula itinerary.
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For centuries, Jeddah has been an meeting point for traders, travelers and pilgrims in the Red Sea. It is a major port, an important commercial centre and the second largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, famous for its wealth of restaurants, cafes and shopping districts and for its comparatively liberal social life. But to many the city is more important because it is a gateway for millions of pilgrims on their way to the holiest places in Islam: Mecca and Medina. It is a grand city with history, personality and tons of opportunity.
Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.