Dammam was consisted of several hamlets that rely on fishing and pearls for their survival. Over a span of a little more than half a century, the Dammam area has developed into a hriving hub of industries, commerce and science, and home to over 1.7 million people.


A complete transformation of Dammam occurred after the discovery of oil in 1938, and it was in Dammam that ARAMCO dug the famous Dammam No. 7 well that supplied the Kingdom with a large quantity of hydrocarbons.


The discovery of the new oil fields to the South, West and North of Dammam in the 1940’s and 1950’s, accounted for a quarter of the world’s proven oil reserves, thus triggered a building and construction boom in the city. Within just few decades, the little fishing settlement grew into the capital of the Eastern Region, and a worldwide oil-shipping hub.