Life’s a Beach!


You have to check out Jubail’s booming beach scene.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Jubail is the Malibu of Saudi Arabia. This city offers the country’s best coastlines overlooking the Arabian Gulf, along with a relaxed, chilled ambiance, making it deserving of being called a beach city.

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Jubail’s beaches boast blue waters, powdery white sands, vast green spaces, various children’s activities, mosques, cafes and restaurants and an overall feeling of happy holiday vibes.

The absence of strong sea currents make the beaches suitable for swimming and other water sports such as sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and fishing. All of the beaches and parks are well-maintained and staffed by lifeguards, making the beaches safe for swimming.

While there are a few restaurants serving local delicacies, most of the famous American fast food chains and fine dining restaurants are situated around the beaches.

Fanateer Beach

%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%81%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%aa%d9%8a%d8%b1-editA vast stretch of palm trees swaying over a clear blue beach, lots of sunshine and endless greenery. Yes, you’re still in Saudi; you just need to see it to believe it! Fanateer Beach, located in the Hijaz District, has something for everyone.

Water skiing, fishing, boating and other water sports competitions in addition to seasonal festivals are held here. Meanwhile, fitness enthusiasts will love the vast spaces and walkways to workout, walk, jog, run and cycle throughout.

There’s even a special area allocated for children with special needs that includes various games and special calisthenics devices designed to develop their skills and strengthen their bodies. The area is equipped with guiding boards, glider umbrellas, rubber floors and borders to support and protect children while playing.

Location: Fahad Rd. and Dhahran Rd., Hijaz Dist., Jubail

Nakheel Beach

The lush greenery and sparkling white sand of Nakheel Beach make this place stand out from the rest. Located on Road 6, Jubail Industrial City, it’s an excellent spot to swim, siesta and have a tasty barbecue. It’s equipped with basketball courts, clean toilets, changing rooms and all the necessary services. A colorful flower festival held every year turns it into one big, beautiful flower bouquet.

Location: Rd. 6 and Rd. 101, Al Khalij Dist., Jubail

Darin Beach

%d8%af%d8%a7%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%86-editDarin Beach is famous for its picturesque sunsets and its entertaining children’s playing area, making it especially popular among families within the city and beyond. The best times to visit are evenings; catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunset and avoid the sweltering heat.

Location: Darin Dist., Jubail


Island Getaway in Dammam


Sit back, relax and unwind at Marjan Island

White sand, green meadows and a cool breeze welcome you away from the hustle and bustle of city life. All it takes is a 15-minute boat ride from Dammam’s corniche to reach the secluded Marjan Island, also known as Coral Island, popular for picnics, fishing, boating and visiting its lighthouse as well as the Dolphin Village.


One of the specialties of Coral Island is that visitors can enjoy a relaxed outing at any time of day or night. While the natural beauty of the island is visible in all its glory during the day, the illuminated corniche views and sparkling city lights in the evening make for spectacular sights.

Marjan-Island_Dammam_2016_AA_8And there is no better place to enjoy those sights than from atop the island’s lighthouse, Fanar Tower. It’s a bit windy at the top, but makes for an excellent spot for photography. Word of warning though: the poorly maintained bathrooms there may lead to a less than ideal aromatic experience.

Marjan-Island_Dammam_2016_AA_5Back on the ground, there are huts made for families who prefer having a laidback and quiet time. You can de-stress gazing at the sea while enjoying the cool breeze or watching the kids play in the sand. My favorite activity there is taking a leisurely walk along the shores.

Marjan-Island_Dammam_2016_AA_3Another attraction is the boat trip, with ferries going to and fro between the island and the corniche. It’s a great way to see the coast, enjoy panoramic views of the city and even have a bite to eat at the restaurant onboard.

Marjan-Island_Dammam_2016_AA_2Care for a selfie with a dolphin? The island’s amusement park, Dolphin Village, is located near the entrance and houses a small zoo, including monkeys, ostriches, rabbits, sea lions, dolphins and a modest aquarium. The theme park offers daily dolphin and sea lion shows, exciting rides for children of all ages and much more. The entry fee is SR 10 per person and SR 30 for the half-hour dolphin show. There’s an additional cost for taking pictures with the dolphins.

Marjan-Island_Dammam_2016_AA_7If you are planning to head to this idyllic oasis in the city, come early to grab the best spots (and easy parking) and stay late for the best views. As with most picnic spots in the region, make sure to bring your own food and refreshments.

Location: At the end of Corniche Rd., Al Hamra Dist., Dammam
Coordinates: 26°28’37.02,50°5’59.91″