The city of Yanbu is divided into two large areas, separated by a short and sparsely populated expanse of desert. To the south is the industrial city and the royal commission, home to many expats working in the petrochemical industry. In the northern part, which is largely untouched by the large industry just a short distance away, are the downtown area, the port, the airport and many beaches. A traveler's instincts might be to avoid the southern area, but that could be a big mistake, as it features some interesting urban developments, ample green spaces and plenty of high-end establishments for fine dining and classy shopping not to be missed. The north, however, showcases the old city's charm and the wonderful scuba diving that draws so many savvy visitors in search of adventure.