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Have Fun in the Eastern Province

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published November 13th 2012
Discover the well-preserved gems of Saudi Arabia
Having lived in the Middle East almost all my life, I can say two things:

1. It is a highly conservative country. The rules are strict, ruthless and a bit daunting.

2. That's okay - there are places to go to and have the best time of your life!

It's the little things that make you appreciate the culture of Saudi Arabia.

Date Palm Trees @ Dammam Corniche

For instance, if you are travelling to the city centre from the airport, or to a surrounding suburb, keep a close eye on the side of the highway - you may stumble upon some beautiful, majestic camels in their prime element. Stop by the road if you can, and take some happy snaps, or just simply adore them by observing their activities.

Camels by the Highway

If you have a friend who can sponsor you to enjoy the benefits of ARAMCO Camp, then you're in for a treat.

From libraries to cinemas to swimming pools, this place has you covered. ARAMCO has set up camps in Dhahran, Ras Tanura, Qatif and Abqaiq, each highly equipped with the best recreational facilities one can be grateful to have access to in this country.

Dhahran Library - Kids Corner

There are a number of recreational activities that are available to their patrons that can easily make one forget that they are in the Middle East - even if it's just for a couple of hours.

Bowling at the Najmah Recreation Center

Najmah Beach is an excellent location to get your tan on! This beach has been recently renovated to suit its visitors interests to the fullest.

There is a patio with shaded seating areas for groups - big and small alike - to enjoy a cup of coffee or devour some delicious ice cream while enjoying the beautiful view of the Arabian Sea.

Seating Area by the Najmah Beach, Ras Tanura

Find a free spot in the grass and lie down - read a book, listen to music or lather yourself up in sunscreen and let your body bronze up in the gorgeous sunshine.

Dip those toes in the grass for some nature lovin'!

There are seating areas provided on the beach, some equipped with a barbeque stand. This is the perfect opportunity to host a gathering with friends and family when the sun is shining and the water is glimmering.

Seating Area on the Najmah Beach, Ras Tanura

The Dammam Corniche is another picturesque place to visit. There are date palm trees everywhere. And there is a lot of walking space. Friday morning is the best time to visit, as it won't be too crowded, and you can even fancy having a delicious breakfast at Kudu Restaurant - waffles, anyone?

Waffles @ Kudu Restaurant

Al-Marjan Island is the ultimate spot for picnics - it's about 40 minutes out of Dammam, but it's worth the drive. There are seagulls and pelicans, boat rides offered at affordable prices and the excellent Gulf weather to complement a great outing.

Al Marjan Island with the iconic Tower

So go and explore the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia - you might just surprise yourself with the discovery of some beautiful, hidden gems!
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Why? There are some well-kept secrets in Saudi Arabia - go explore them!
When: Any time, any day
Where: Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Cost: $
Your Comment
I envisage it would be hard to get sponsors for the camp if you don't know anyone who lives in Saudi? Looks like you are having fun. Time for me to go on a trip in a few more months :))
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2758 days ago
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