"Al-Khobar (also spelled Khobar or al-Khubar; Arabic: الخبر) is a large city located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. It is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council, with a population of 941,358 as of 2012. Al Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran are part of the Dammam metropolitan area, the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Saudi Arabia with an estimated population of over 4,100,000 as of 2012. All three urban centers are served by the King Fahd International Airport which is the largest airport in the world, and King Abdul Aziz Port. Together, they are often known as "The Triplet Cities" by many natives and locals. Dammam, Dhahran and Al Khobar are less than 15 km (9.3 mi) apart and form one metropolitan area, the fifth largest in the kingdom and sixth in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Many of Al Khobar's residents work for Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, Al Khobar also hosts many regional and international companies. Traditionally, Khobar has also been a city of shopkeepers and merchants, and the city today has many modern malls and boulevards with shops run by international franchises and restaurants.
Al Khobar today has many skyscrapers, with more under construction".
But so much for the history. If you would like to know more about this magic city. Click here.
Going to Al Khobar fishing area from Al Jubail, my place, is an hour and 20 minutes' land travel on an average speed of 120 kph. From Riyadh, which most of our pals in fishing came, about 6-7 hours' land travel depending on your speed. Be careful not to over-speed though. A lot of traffic cameras installed along the way without you knowing it.
Six to seven hours travel from Riyadh? Whoop. Long travel. But again, it is worth a travel and besides that is road tripping already. You may want to stop and take photos of camels and/or picturesque area along your journey. And a chance to spend quality time with loved ones or friends. Or both.
A night before planning a trip to Al Khobar you may want to prepare this. A checklist of what must needed. By the way, we went there 2nd week of March, stayed there overnight and we did not book hotel accommodation, we slept inside the car while it freezing cold outside. What an experience! Tent is set up as well for ladies' pee area. If you want you can make hotel reservations before going there for your own convenience but us, we wanted more adventure than comfort. Now, here are my recommended "to-bring" things.
This is an international place for fishing. I tagged it "International" because you can see Saudi locals or expats like Filipinos, Pakistanis, Westerners and Indian nationals enjoying the catch until the wee hours. Do not be afraid to stay here overnight as coast guards / policemen are having random patrols for everyone's safety. I know you are excited now but wait here is a helpful tool you may want to consider reading. Today's Solunar Fishing Times for Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Visit there a little bit early and catch sun rises. It's beautiful!
Did I miss some information? Hope not. Oh! If planning to walk and explore the city you may. There is corniche and malls in the nearby area.
Keep safe in travelling and enjoy your journey towards Al Khobar, forever I will love this place.