Dareen on Tarut Island is right along the coast. There are many Dhow fishing boats there. There is also another ruin of a palace although all that remains is a giant pile of rubble which the fisherman use to make and store their nets. There is also a winery from many moon ago there. Someone building a house discovered it.
Tarut is its own city by Qatif. It is on an island connected by a causeway and sits on the gulf. It has Tarut Castle which is the oldest in the Persian Gulf. The castle looks more like an old fort but its towers can still be seen. It is fenced in and it looks like they may be renovating. As usual there is a ton of trash everywhere and it is sad to see it taken care of so poorly. You can also still see the old well that use to feed the castle although it is very overgrown. The neighborhood behind the fort is made up of old houses which are beautiful! In the mortar used to make them you can see old see shells. Tarut is working on preserving their history and has put up signs telling what things are. This is the only place in Saudi Arabia I have seen these.
The Suq Al-Khamis is located in Qatif. About 30 minutes from Dhahran. It is an outdoor Thursday market. They sell a little bit of everything. They have an entire section dedicated to birds. They have every kind of bird imaginable for sale. Since the Saudi's are not big on photos many of these were taken without actually looking through the camera. Sorry they are crooked.
The Tamimi or Safeway on the Corniche had a transformation over the summer. We knew they were updating it but I never imagined it would be as nice as it has turned out. It is like walking into a U.S. Safeway!!! It is very very nice!!! When I first returned I was not sure I was even in the correct spot. The new building looks nothing like the old both inside and outside. They have done an amazing job!
Fish market behind glass so you don't have to smell it!