Life at Dhahran

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) was established in 1963 in Dhahran in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Dhahran is located near the scene of the original discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia in 1938 and now is a modern community that serves as the administrative headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the world's largest energy company.

Dammam, Dhahran, and Al Khobar form the Greater Dammam area, a blend of old-world and modern architecture, offering a variety of entertainment for foodies and shoppers alike. The entire city has been revitalized with numerous international cuisines, cafes, and shopping centers, such as the Mall of Dhahran, one of the largest shopping centers in Saudi Arabia.


Enjoy a walk outdoors:

Al Khobar Corniche is a must-see attraction in the year's cooler months. Take a walk along the Arabian Gulf and enjoy refreshments at the promenade. The Corniche offers multiple play areas for kids, a lovely jogging and cycling path, and a beautiful seafront view.

Take a trip to the beach:

Nearby is Half-Moon Bay beach, with multiple exciting activities to enjoy, such as camel rides and quadbikes over the sand dunes.

Choose one of many cultural and entertainment activities:

There is ample opportunity to broaden your horizons, and you can explore various multicultural centers around Khobar city:

Sharqia Center - Scitech

Are you interested in science? Scitech contains seven halls devoted to various areas of science and technology, covering multiple fields, including earth, space, sea, and exploration.

Heritage Centre Dammam

Learn about the local culture at the Heritage Centre Dammam. This museum depicts various aspects of regional life in Saudi Arabia. It also has an exciting collection of local Bedouin crafts, traditional costumes, Islamic pottery, and prehistoric tools.

Ithra – King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is a multicultural center in Dhahran. Furthermore, Ithra is the Kingdom’s leading cultural and creative destination for talent development and cross-cultural experiences. The center includes a museum, children’s museum, library, cinema, theater, and exhibition halls. Throughout the year, various exhibitions and shows are scheduled at Ithra, as well as art exhibits, theater productions, musical concerts, and a variety of activities for kids to entertain and expand their creative minds.

Take a day trip to another country

The city of Dhahran overlooks the Kingdom of Bahrain, a famous scene for its broad selection of restaurants, entertainment, and world-famous Formula 1 Grand Prix. Enjoy a day trip to another country!