Situated on the Arabian Gulf coast in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Al Khobar is a vibrant commercial hub with a pleasant seaside atmosphere. It is best known for its thriving oil and gas industry, but is also a popular destination for shopping, water sports and family leisure activities.
One of Al Khobar’s most striking features is its 3.5km Corniche, which is the best place to take a stroll. It is home to a large waterfront area with green spaces and attractions including Prince Faisal bin Fahad Sea Park, with cafés and playgrounds and many restaurants. Nearby, the city’s iconic island Water Tower is known for its panoramic views and a must visit.
Shoppers love Al Khobar’s multiple retail destinations, which range from the upscale Al Rashid Mall to Alissa Souk and local shops on Prince Naïf Street, not far from Centro Corniche hotel. Other top attractions include Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science & Technology Centre (SciTech), which has an aquarium, interactive displays and an IMAX theatre, and the Aramco Exhibit – a museum exploring Saudi’s oil industry.
Just 30 minutes from the city is the beautiful Half Moon Beach with shallow, calm waters surrounded by dunes, it is a hotspot for water and desert activities.