Perched on the Arabian Gulf, Dammam is the capital city of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This is the buzzing hub for the Saudi oil industry and home to the largest airport in the world in terms of land area, the King Fahd International Airport. Its port "King Abdul Aziz Sea Port" is the largest in the Persian Gulf. The city is thriving, as it's growing at the super fast rate of 12% per year. The cultural, social and economic enclave of Dammam is inhabited by a mix of several ethnicities and nationalities plus its home to a huge number of schools, colleges and universities spawning tech savvy youth who love to hang out in coworking venues with other inventive locals. You can check out the colourful Share Al-Hob market, meander around the Tarout Castle and poke your nose around the ancient quarter of red-clay towers.
Saudi Arabia has set on a path of major investment into technology to transform its economy, with such incentives as creating a massive tech fund. It's pushing for Amazon to work with the Saudi Energy Ministry to build a data center in the country plus digitization services for national oil giant Aramco. There are numerous flagship companies, government entities and prominent tech start-ups involved in artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous vehicle sectors.
Reflecting the Kingdom's tech ambitions, its economic diversification blueprint is set to create a "Silicon Valley" of the Middle East. Coworking venues are providing the space for the city's innovative souls to gather en masse and collaborate before heading off to indulge in some kebabs or kofta.
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