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Practical info Dammam / Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Getting around the city

Dammam does not have an extensive public transport system and the easiest way of getting around the city is by car. It's relatively easy to rent a car and a number of well-known international car hire companies are located at the airport and in the city centre. Public buses are available, but are mostly used by foreign workers for travel within the city. There are plenty of taxis and 'dubbabs' in Dammam, which can be hailed from the street or pre-booked by telephone. Taxis charge between 10-20 SR for trips within the city. These offer the best means of transport for those not wanting to hire a car. Single women travelling alone should avoid taking a taxi on their own.


Local time is GMT +3.


Electrical current is 230 volts, 60Hz. Three-pin, flat-bladed plugs are in use, in addition to round/flat-bladed two-pin plugs, as well as flat-bladed two-pin plugs with a third, round pin for grounding.


The Saudi currency is the Riyal (SAR), divided into 100 halala. Foreign currency can be changed at banks and exchange bureaux. Banking hours are generally Saturday to Wednesday from 8am to 12pm. Some banks also choose to open again later in the afternoon and stay open into the evening, from 5pm to 8pm. All major credit cards are accepted at shops, hotels, and restaurants in Saudi Arabia. ATMs are widely available.


The international dialling code for Saudi Arabia is +966. Mobile telephone coverage is extensive, even in remote parts of the country. Internet facilities are available in most towns and cities.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 999 (Police), 997 (Ambulance), 998 (Fire).

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King Fahd International Airport


Getting to the city

Public buses run to Dammam from the airport, leaving every 30-60 minutes.

Car rental

Various car hire companies operate from the airport, including Budget and Avis.

Airport taxi's

There are numerous taxis avaliable. The trip from downtown to the airport takes around 30 minutes by car.


The airport offers duty-free shops, restaurants and cafeterias, banks and currency exchange facilities, a mosque, and smoking areas.


King Fahd International Airport has a multi-storey parking garage with short and long-term facilities.


Internet is available at the airport.