Our third destination was at Corniche, back in Khobar. Corniche is basically a green strip facing the gulf. It stretches from Azzizia Beach to the Tarot Islands and, undoubtedly, the city‘s most popular recreational area as far as the number of visitors is concerned. It is positioned in the middle of a wide semi-circular bay.
When we passed by the seaside part in the evening of 06 December 2013, Friday, after our excursion to Cobra Amusement Park, we saw a lot of people, mostly families, doing this “BBQ experience” right by the coast.
It is worth mentioning that Saudis, in general, have a seemingly undying love for modern arts. The pieces of evidence for that in this part of the kingdom are the lavish installations of the same interspersed and lined along the coastal road of Corniche proper. These modern art installations are best viewed in the evening, when the city magically transforms into a luminous ground.
This place is fitting for taking a stroll or sit on a bench to enjoy the exquisite views of the bay that looks quiet and shimmering at night but loud and stunning during daytime. Hence, we had to recapture Corniche’s grandeur the following day, 07 December 2013, before we bade congé.
The long palm lined promenade along the area is the home of the previously mentioned lifestyle centers, traditional malls, world cuisine restaurants, coffeehouses, and the like. But wait, there’s more. Sports facilities are also available at a spacious spot between Dammam and Khobar. Furthermore, it is teeming with amusement parks and custom-made public toilets, which are strategically positioned for convenience. Merging Philippines’ Luneta Park and Baywalk creates a replica of the place.
We were also fortunate to catch a glimpse of the curving causeway that links Dammam City, particularly its northern part, to Bahrain.
The causeway is also a site to lay eyes on because it brandishes green shrubs, trees, and grasses thereby making it an ideal spot for picnic, merrymaking, tag or chasing games, or enjoying the panoramic views. Talking about an icing on the cake for weekend revelers and trotters like us.
Our stay in Corniche was not actually filled with running around in trying to snap pictures of the impressive cityscapes nor gape at the architectural wonders. Instead, it was filled with gastronomic adventures complemented by group photos and goofing around–which made the whole experience a lot more fun and satiating.
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