Dammam is the capital and administrative center of the Eastern Province. It houses the Emirate of the Eastern Province and also branches of many ministries, governmental agencies and departments. King Fahd International Airport is located northwest of the city, and is considered a masterpiece of architecture engineering. Dammam, located on the western coast of the Arabian Gulf, is the most populated city in the area.
The extend of development is clearly evident from the commercial, industrial, education buildings, service centers and hospitals which have been constructed in Dammam. There are many places that attract tourists to the city. Most popular among them are The King Fahd Park, Corniche as well as several parks, malls, hotels and restaurants. The city also has King Abdul Aziz Port, a railway station, King Faisal University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and various colleges and modern sport city.