By Sultan Al Sughair
Get out of the house and have an adventure for a day.
Marjan Island (Coral Island)
It’s an artificial island that was established about two decades ago off the coast of Dammam, with plenty of green spaces, seating areas and children’s playgrounds. Sure, you can get to it by its road connection, but why pass up the chance to take one of the sea ferries that regularly run between the Corniche and the island? There are also special lunch and dinner cruises in the sea, so treat your family to a little nautical adventure this weekend.
Location: Corniche Rd., North of Al Hamra Dist., Dammam
Built in the early 16th century, Tarout Castle is located in the center of Tarout Island, off the coast of Qatif. This island’s heritage is ancient, considering that its history dates back more than 7,000 years ago! You have to come check this out just to get a heavy dose of blast from the past.
Location: Rahma St., Tarout Island
Uqair Port and Beach
Uqair is one of the most important heritage sites around, located on the Gulf coast about 40 kilometers from the city of Hofuf. Uqair Beach is a beautiful coastline and a big hit with fans of the outdoors and water sports.
Location: Uqair Beach Rd., Uqair
Jabal Al Qarrah (Qarrah Mountain)
A key landmark of Al Ahsa, Jabal Al Qarrah boasts numerous caves and unique massive formations of rocks and boulders. The limestone caves in particular are a must-see for visitors. The best part? They have a distinctive quality of staying cool in hot weather and warm in the winter. Time to move in!
Location: Southwest of Al Ahsa National Park, Al Qarrah Village, Al Ahsa
Al Fanateer Beach
Al Fanateer Beach is a recent addition to the Jubail area, sprawling with vast green spaces, comfortable walkways, various children’s games, mosques and cafes and restaurants overlooking the Arabian Gulf. A lot of recreational activities are held there, such as fishing and boating competitions, diving competitions and all the water sports you desire.
Location: Along Danah Rd. and Fahd Rd., Jubail
Heritage Village is one of the leading tourist destinations in Sharqiya. Part restaurant, part museum, it gives visitors a chance to enjoy the local trappings of our culture, heritage and history through both its tasty dishes and fascinating artifacts.
Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Rd., North of the Masts Roundabout, Dammam