Newark, Frankfurt, Dammam

How we got to Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is not the easiest place to get to. It is not a tourist destination, most people flying here are on a business trip or are one of the millions of expats living here travel back and forth to their home countries around the world.  But once you are here it is a good jumping off point to most areas in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe and South Asia.

We flew on Lufthansa, they had the best pricing and the shortest travel time. Most flights going to Europe from the East Coast leave in the evenings and arrive in Europe first thing in the morning. Our flight departed from Newark 6:10PM Wednesday evening. We arrived in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday morning at 7:45AM. This was a 7 hour and 35 minutes flight. Unfortunately most flights departing to KSA leave in the late afternoon so we had just under a 9 hour layover.

Fortunately ME is a gold member of the Star Alliance so we could hang out in the business class lounge.  I also have cousins, Wolfram and Edit, that live very near to Frankfurt. I had emailed Wolfram several weeks before we left and he was available to meet us at the airport an hour after we arrived and take us into Frankfurt to have lunch.

What is impressive about Europe is there transport system especially in Germany and Switzerland. My cousin took his local train to the airport, picked us up and within 15 minutes we were in the city center. The city center is a lovely area with mostly walking streets, (this forces people to use the public transportation). It has many historic buildings, museums, galleries, restaurants, cafes, food halls, and plenty of shopping. We meet his wife, Edit, for tea and crepes in one of the cafes. We then walked around and went to two cathedrals and a museum and returned to the airport at 2:45. It was great to be back in Germany, hearing the language, looking at all the wonderful fruits, vegetables, breads and the wonderful meats, especially the Frankfurter Wurstchen in the food halls. It is really a delightful place, we had a very pleasant experience visiting with our cousins after not seeing each other  for over 5 years.

Our flight to Dammam, KSA, is the largest city in the Eastern Provence, is a 45 minute ride away from Al Khobar. We departed at 4:40PM from Frankford and arrived in Dammam at 12:35AM early Friday morning, a 5 hour and  55 minute flight. Upon arriving I had to be processed into the KSA system. ME had done this in November on her first trip. They copied my passport, took my picture and finger prints. From there we exited the airport where a driver took us to the hotel in AL Khobar. We checked in at 2:30AM and finally went to bed around 3 in the morning.

Overall our travel time was over 28 hours going through 3 days.

Edith, Wolfram and ME

Edith, Wolfram and ME

Edith, Bob and ME

Edith, Bob and ME

City center

City center



5 thoughts on “Newark, Frankfurt, Dammam

  1. Walt & Cathy Fromm

    Bob, interesting keep it up I’m looking fore ward to more information on you adventure in an Arab nation.

  2. nancy wingo

    Love your new blog! Please keep us posted. We are due for temps in the low teens tonight. You picked a great winter to be in warmer climes…love to you both. Miss you, n

  3. Barbara and Chuck Snyder parents of Barry and Susan

    Hi Bob and Emmie.
    Susan forwarded your post today and said it is ok to reply to you and follow your posts,

    Wanting to wish You Loads of Good Luck and Health in your new location.

    If you recall , we broke bread with you at Barry and Susan’s many years ago – Was it in England or PA?

    Out of sight is not out of mind , Barry and Susan keep us aware of your where abouts..
    Be Safe and Enjoy. All the Best– Barbara and Chuck

    1. Post author

      Hello Barbara and Chuck,

      Thank you for your note and will wishes, we are very excited to be here and think it will be a great opportunity to learn more about living in a Muslim country. We will be safe, Dow Chemical is very protective of their employees here and go to great lengths to provide a safe working and living environment. They also provide many hours of culture training to help westerns understand and respect the Muslim culture. I will post 5 to 6 times a month so please follow my blog and if you have any questions please free to ask. Greetings, Bob

  4. Susan Gatzert-Snyder

    Hi Bob,
    So cool you have the opportunity to learn about Muslim culture. Have you been able to join any international groups?
    Can’t say I love Frankfurt but tell ME I know a fabulous antique jewelry store where we can get in lots of trouble! Next stop over I can meet you in Frankfurt or Amsterdam- or stay a few days with us!
    I am eagerly awaiting your next post Robert of Arabia!

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