In the heart of the Persian Gulf, opposite the island of Bahrain, is one of the most important cities in Saudi Arabia: Khobar. As the beating heart of trade in Ash-Sharqiya, the country's largest province, the city offers its visitors a wealth of opportunities.
In these desert lands where man has not set foot for centuries sometimes, Khobar feels a bit like a human miracle. And the highlight of this very Saudi marvel is the King Fahd Causeway, a 15-mile long set of bridges and dams that connects the city to Bahrain.
You'll discover a touch of grandeur when you take the Khobar coast road, reminiscent of the one in Beirut, with its palm groves bordering a tranquil coastline. This is a dream place to watch a lyrical sunset over the sea of the Persian Gulf, leaving the lapping waves to sing their haunting melody.
If vertigo is lurking, leave the waterfront and all its beauty to enjoy the island of Bahrain and discover a country that's certainly small in size but which has known one of the oldest civilizations: The Dilmuns.
A short exploration of its necropolis, the largest in the world with its 170,000 graves, gives a direct insight into the enormity of its heritage. In fact, Bahrain was already inhabited and coveted 5000 years before Some even considered it to be the Garden of Eden.
Back in Khobar, you'll be immersed in another quite different experience once you've stepped across the threshold of the Scitech Museum. A seat of learning for children and adults alike, the 350 exhibits and the IMAX theater that screens scientific documentaries make for a cultural experience in Khobar that's not to be missed.