King Fahd International Airport Dammam
Source: Holdinn Team
King Fahd International Airport, the third major hub for Saudi Arabia is located 20 kilometers northwest of Dammam. The airport's basic infrastructure was complete by the end of 1990 and was finally opened to commercial traffic on 28 November 1999, serving most of Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia and in particular the growing urban complex made up of Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar, Qatif, Ras Tanura and Jubail. The terminal complex is planned to accommodate two major terminals: one for Saudi Arabia national air carrier, and the other for foreign air carriers. It has six stories, three of which are allocated for passenger processing. The third level is for arrivals, the sixth level is for departures, and the fourth level is for boarding. The passenger terminal’s total area is 327,000 m2. The terminal is equipped with several customer counters of which 66 were allocated to Saudi Arabia; now shared with Nas Air, 44 to foreign airlines and the rest for Customs and Immigration. The airport also contains a Royal Terminal, which is reserved for the Saudi Royal Family, government personnel, and official guests. The terminal was built on an area of 16,400 m2. It is luxuriously furnished and decorated, and includes extensively landscaped exteriors and grounds. Despite its specialized purpose, the terminal is rarely used by the Royal Family, who generally prefer to utilize a similar special terminal at King Abdulaziz Air Base. King Fahd International Airport has many facilities within, such as a mosque, duty-free stores, shops specializing in the sale of gifts and all passenger related goods and soon will accommodate a 5 stars’ hotel. Recently, as part of larger marketing project named "Golden Circle", several shops and services are planned to open including indoor playgrounds and travel agencies in addition to the current restaurants, cafeterias, and banks. The airport has a Mosque which was built on the roof of the car park. It has an architectural design that combines modern style with the old Islamic style (arches, domes, and other Islamic decorations and carvings) and accommodates around two thousand worshipers.