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Fishing in Al Khobar


It is weekend again and your planning to go somewhere? Why not go on fishing? One of the best activities to do here in the kingdom on a weekend with big catch afterwards. Seems fishy, huh? 

If you are in Jubail, try to visit  these places and sure fishing is allowed as far as I know. But if trying to explore the kingdom, come, visit Al Khobar beach. Worth a travel. But before I give you the juicy detail about fishing in Al Khobar beach. Let me share this first. Been researching lately to give you an accurate data without you spending too much time googling it. I know you hate it as much as I do. And despair not, get this from a reliable source, of course. 

"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.

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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". 

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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.

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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.

  • Your fishing tools, of course.
  • Tent for your convenience.  
  • Portable urinal. (You can pee at the nearby malls or gasoline stations too but it is a bit far from fishing area!)
  • Portable chairs and tables. 
  • Clean water for drinking.
  • Food. Food. Lots of food. 
  • Tissues, plastic utensils, garbage bags, etc. which you think can be of great help.
  • Small pillows, blankets and jackets. It's freezing cold there, darling. Better ready than sorry.
  • If opted to have bonfire and barbecue, pack what is needed. Example. Grill, pan and charcoal.  Just make sure you won't create fire hazards, huh?
  • Medicine kit. 
  • Emergency light. The only source of light when its dark. Aside from the moon and stars. Or bonfire maybe.
  • Internet data or pocket WiFi. You would not want to get lost, right?


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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

Or install Google Map application for your travel guides along the way. Travelling to somewhere you are not familiar with is so exciting and stressful at the same time, right? So armed this map and ready to start your battle. Adja!  

Location of fishing area in Al Khobar at the bottom of this blog. This fishing area is near SWCC or Desalination Plant which mistaken as luxury hotel during the night because of its colorful lights. Bahrain causeway is overlooking here as well. Be aware that no swimming is allowed in this area but you can check Half-Moon Beach nearby if you want to dip your body in seawater. 

Note: There is a broken wall in the entrance. Do not hesitate to take your way there. I don't  know what was the story behind that. 

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Visit there a little bit early and catch sun rises. It's beautiful!


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 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. 

Location


  

For your hotel reservations I recommend this. Book now. 
Other source for Al Khobar History: Wikipedia  
Photo credits to my niece, Richelle

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