This 191-room hotel was designed and built in the late 1970's. The hotel's proximity to the Dhahran International Airport led to its integral role in the operation of the airport which served as a major refuelling point for travellers between Europe and the Middle East. Pivotal to the airport's catering operations, while at the same time functioning as an airport hotel, the hotel began carving out its niche in the Eastern Province. The hotel has a lobby with a 24-hour reception, a bar and restaurant, conference facilities and room and laundry services.
The hotel is about 5 minutes' drive from the KFUPM (King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals). The hotel is opposite British Aerospace and very close to the American Consulate. It is a 7-minute drive to the Chamber of Commerce and the Dammam Industrial City.
The 191 rooms at the hotel comprise Royal, Presidential and Executive suites as well as standard single and double rooms. In recognition of the wide range of preferences of the cosmopolitan clientele, the distinctive individual decor of the suites is tailored to reflect the cultural nuances of four continents. Middle Eastern, European, Chinese and North American themes are featured. The en suite, air-conditioned rooms come with a hairdryer, direct dial telephone, TV set, radio and minbar.
The Olympic-size swimming pool serves as a refreshing retreat from the desert heat while providing those concerned with health and fitness the opportunity for serious exercise. Lifeguards ensure the safety of guests. Poolside barbecues are a feature during the cooler months. Other facilities include 2 tennis courts and a modern gymnasium with qualified instructors. There is also a sauna, a hot tub, a Turkish steam bath, a natural, 100-meter circular jogging course for runners, putting greens for mini golf enthusiasts and a children's playground.
Sands Dining offers around-the-clock dining in a contemporary oasis setting. Buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner supplement the à la carte menu, catering for all tastes and budgets. Palm Court Lounge is in the heart of the lobby area. Exotic fruit juice cocktails, coffee, tea and pastries can be enjoyed in this tranquil setting beside the Japanese garden. Al Hambra restaurant offers opulence and creativity - the hallmarks of its dining experience. Bearing the seal of excellence of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the weekly rotating menu features Continental, American and Middle Eastern gourmet cuisine designed to please the most discriminating palate.
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