Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Khobar Indian Embassy Contact Information in Al Khobar India Passport and Visa Application Centre (IPVAC), 2nd Floor, Al Katheery Centre Opposite SABB Bank, Al Rakha Al Khobar Call Centre Phone No.: 011-4080366 E-Mail Id: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://in.vfsglobal.sa.com Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Khobar The following documents are required to get visa to Saudi Arabia: An original passport which is valid for a minimum period of six months at the time of submission of visa application Copy of passport Two recent passport size photographs Return airlines ticket Original Marriage certificate along with the copy of marriage certificate if wife is accompanying 2 Photos with white background Approval from the ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia or recommendation letter from chamber of commerce of Saudi Arabia to the requesting Embassy to grant the visa Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a Saudi Arabia visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc. About Al Khobar Al-Khobar city is a part of the Saudi Arabian region lining the Arabian Gulf coast. One of the most famous places to visit in Khobar is ‘Corniche’. Corniche is a crescent shape on the cliff side. The place has many options for entertainment such as historical sites, natural and adventure attractions and tourist places in Khobar to dine out. Khobar has a splendid view of skyscrapers and is surrounded by scenic park sights, lovely beaches on the outskirts of the town, and there are more things to do in Khobar at the shopping centres. It is a popular place for its pearl diving heritage, oil industry, arts, music, sports and entertainment. Khobar has a large variety of natural landscapes, parks, beaches and a recreational coastline to the Arabian Gulf. Places to Visit in Al Khobar A key Al Khobar point of interest is its large waterfront area called Corniche and the seaside location. It is no wondert that Khobar- Corniche is one of the most preferred Saudi destinations. There are friendly tourist walkways and the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Sea Park, with cafes and playgrounds in the Corniche. Only at a short distance, there is Khobar’s Island Water Tower ready to greet you with a wonderful panorama view. Khobar Corniche has a variety of beaches making it idyllic location for fishing, long beach walks, scuba diving and family-fun picnics. Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science & Technology Center (SciTech) has ample entertainment options for both family and kids. It is a state of the art scientific centre, built by Prince Sultan Bin Abdulziz in 2006, with an intention to share knowledge and resources with students and researchers. The centre has exhibition halls consisting of over 350 scientific displays attached to science and technology fields. The place has an aquarium, scientific dome, educational unit, astronomical observatory, etc. The Rashid Mall and Mall of Dhahran has expansive shopping centres, and there is enough space to shop or indulge in amusement parks and other entertainment options for the family and the kids. There are Al Khobar golf courses to hone your golfing skills. Among the things to do in Khobar is the very popular ATVs riding on the coast of the Arabian Gulf south of town. It is a fun-filled activity where the participants do a lot of running, up and down on the sand dunes or breathing exercises on the beach as well. People are placed in the ATV which runs at 40 miles per hour. "Half-Moon Bay" is a popular coast in the south of Khobar and has many beaches full of shaded sitting areas. The facilities are complete with trash cans placement and shower areas. Camp and campfires are permitted. These beaches are clean, have decent sand and uncrowded most of the time. How to Reach Al Khobar Dammam has the closest airport to reach Khobar. But, Bahrain Airport is more popular with the Khobar Travellers since, on the route gets to drive across the King Fahd Causeway to Khobar. Moreover, the Bahrain International Airport has many bars and airport lounges which makes it even a more attractive for the foreigners visiting Khobar. Bahrain International Airport is also best connected to Khobar. To board the train at Dammam station, you need to board a taxi for a 15-minute drive. The Saudi-Bahraini Transport Company (SABTCO) connects you to Bahrain through the Dammam bus station is the nearest. SABTCO connects Riyadh directly to Khobar through VIP services. Travelling in Al Khobar Khobar has a limited taxi access until you reach the town and the place is vast. For convenience, you need to have your own car to drive around. When near town, there is a cab easily available on a call, from your hotel, for example. You can book an Uber or Careem if you have a good, working internet connection. Best Time to Visit Al Khobar is hot and humid summer, typically like a desert climate and so has mild, dry winters. Best time to visit is in February up to April and then, August to November. November onwards up to January, the climate is dry, and it is severely cold. April is the best month to visit as it has a perfect weather to enjoy beaches, strolling in the park and doing shopping around the town. There is a nine-day Al Khobar festival conducted in January to add cultural tourism vibrancy to the place. Even though it is a low tourist season, there is rush during this time of the festival. What to Pack? Be comfortable while roaming in the malls. To do a thing is dressing up modestly. When in the city, keep yourself covered to the knee and wear loose, cotton clothes to bear the weather. Carry sunscreens, sunglasses, moisturizer, a sun umbrella, a scarf and a hat. Wear flip flops or comfortable shoes to walk the city. Carry thick and warm winter stuff during the season. A visit to mosque means fully covered dresses and a headscarf preferably. Always carry a couple of pairs for smart dressing for the events or dining-out options. Don’t forget to pack a travel insurance policy. It is the ultimate rescue package for travelers in unknown country. Travel insurance can get you out from the losses due to theft, or loss of documents, and medical emergencies. Top Delicacies Yughmish: A flattened bread soaked in meat juices. Mutabaq: A pancake filled with minced meat, parsley, eggs, tomatoes, onions and jalapeno pepper. Lahoh: A soft, spongy pancake eaten with honey or yoghurt. Falafel: Deep-fried dish prepared with faca beans or ground chickpeas. Mantu: Local taste dumplings filled with tangy meat mixture. Indian Restaurants in Al Khobar Talwar - Indian Restaurant, Pakistani, Indian and Asian cuisine at 14th Street, Al Khobar Corniche, Al Khobar 34427, Saudi Arabia Classic Restaurant, Chinese, Indian, Fusion cuisine at 1st Street, King Fahad Street, Al Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia Sukh Sagar, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan cuisine at 7483 King Fahd Road, Khobar South, Al Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia Shopping List Essentials Khobar’s local street shopping centres is a bustling sight and is a good place to bargain on shopping. The famous of the lot is Prince Nayef Street. There are other shopping centres are Alissa Souk, Rahmaniah Center, Lulu Hypermarket, Al Gosaibi Center, Khobar Mall, and Fanar Mall. The Al Rashid Mall is a sprawling shopping centre in l Khobar and is a must visit especially for shopping clothes for women, men and the kid's attire. Then, there is Al Khobar Plaza in the centre of the city with a massive multi-floor display of 144 stores, selling international and local brands of repute Eastern Dates in Al Khobar specializes in a huge variety of local dates. Healthcare Centers Procare Hospital Rafa Medical Centre Al Khobar Gama Hospital Almana Medical Tower Central Care Contact your travel insurer as soon as possible in case of a medical emergency. Your travel insurance may allow you cashless treatment at certain hospitals in the city. Currency Saudi Riyal is the local currency here. Coins available in the denomination of 5, 10, 25 and 50 halala and SR1 notes in the denomination of SR1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 is used. Money transfers can be done online, or there are plenty of ATMs available to withdraw cash. Saudi banks are a dependable option as they charge less than the live exchange rate, for money transfers. There are Al Amoudi Exchange and many more currency exchange offices which must be approached than doing the exchange at the airports. Emergency Contact Numbers Police assistance: 999 Fire emergency response: 998 Car accidents: 993 Public ambulance services: 997 Natural disasters: 966 Coast guards: 994 General Investigation Department (terrorism): 990 General emergency: 112 Local Do’s and Don’ts Dos First: Greetings: Reply to ‘Asalam-O-Alaikum’ (peace be upon you) with ‘Walikum-Asalam’ (and peace be upon you) Etiquettes: Leave your shoes outside the mosques or religious places. Calling people with prefixes like Mr, Sheikh or Haji Being a Guest: Accept invitations to dinners and gatherings. On a tea (Qahwa) party drink at least one cup and a maximum of two. Place your hand on top of the cup while returning it to the host after you are done (indicating that you will not drink more). Always Carry Your Passport Don’ts Drinking Smoking: Drinking is prohibited, so forget about it, cigarettes are not, so may smoke. However, avoid both during Ramadan, especially in public places and day time. Fashion Sense: Never wear shorts in public, and sleeveless tops are not allowed in mosques. Discussion Points: Avoid talking about religion and politics unless you only wish to learn about traditions and not criticize them Basics of Local Communication Arabic is the local language and the most preferred too. English is spoken in a friendly way to extend hospitality to the tourists. But, hardly you will find a co-companion speaking in fluent English. They are a good native speaker, and that does not make any less of these generously hospitable people. People love speaking in own language here. An extended part of their touristy courtesy is to receive people warmly and acquaint with them. To reciprocate the gesture, it is important you know some of their languages, at least for greeting and meeting people in general. English Arabic Good Morning Sabah alkhyr My name is… Aisimi Hu Where is…? Ayn hu Yes Men fielaan No La Please Raja Sorry Asif How Much is This for? Kam thaman hdha Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? 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