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Durrath Samaa / Jubail Holiday Getaway

I love going to places especially those that I haven't been to. I usually don't go to a place again if I've just been there a few months ago or if I've stayed there for a long time.

Last Ramadan, we went to Jubail with our friends here. Jubail is known for being the largest industrial city in the Middle East. But it also boasts of clean beaches and waterfront amenities. It is almost 500 kilometers away from Riyadh so we started our trip at 5 AM. Unlike our trip to Dammam which was a little dangerous, we were on a convoy this time so we just took our time, stopped over on rest areas, ate breakfast on the road, and played good music on the way there.


Dammam Road at 5AM


We stayed in Durrath Samaa Hotel. It was in the central part of the city and offers free parking. The air-conditioned room is clean, has free Wi-Fi, and is reasonably priced.




After checking in and resting for a while, we headed to the Corniche to check out the parks and the sea. One of the things that I really like about Saudi Arabia cities is the number of playgrounds and its proximity to residential areas. Saudis must love kids so much that they made so many playgrounds for them! While we were busy taking pictures, the kids had fun climbing walls, sliding, and running.


A day's catch of a Pakistani fishing hobbyist in Jubail Corniche
We had a picnic at one of the secluded beaches, swam for a while and for lack of time, decided to just swim again the following day. And that's what we did. We woke up very early and went to the same beach and this time, we enjoyed it to the max! The kids swam and played in the sand while Fred gathered clams. 

The park near the beach


Yes, the water is clear! I love Jubail beaches!


We strolled for a little while, ate lunch in McDonald's, and took some photos of the other parks. When I saw the beautiful parks and the inviting beaches, I wished for the second time that Fred works in a Saudi Arabia city that's near beaches. Fred told me it was also his wish. And this time, we both sighed.







I think I will be back in Jubail. One of the reasons I went there is to meet a long lost friend who's now based there. I wasn't able to even call him because we didn't have enough time. I will also be back for the beautiful and clean beaches. And for the big, fresh clams! I cooked the clams when we got home and they were so yummy. Such a delicious reward for a long ride home.

Durrrath Samaa
Abo Baker Seddik Street, Jubail
+966 33 356 0553
Durrath Samaa Google Map Coordinates: 26.989667473041845 49.66021478176117




Comments

Farida said…
I love long road trips too (especially when the thoroughfares are not congested). I enjoy looking at the scenery and the changes that takes place over the years. I remembered the last time you posted about your family vacation and when there was also a sand storm. I'm glad it was very different now. I'm sure you all enjoyed the restful vacation :)
yobynos said…
Mukhang ganyan din ang ginawa namin sa "Dammam Escapade" namin. Yeah, the recent trip I and my friends had in the Eastern Region.

I love that picture that shows a Pantheon-like structure.

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