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Monday, 17 October 2016

Saudi Arabia’s oil hub Dammam feels the pinch across all sectors | The National

Saudi Arabia’s oil hub Dammam feels the pinch across all sectors | The National:

"The Al Khobar Water Tower serves as maybe too convenient a metaphor for the stalled development of the largest and most bustling of the tri-city conurbation of Dammam, the oil capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

The 150,000-square-metre project that is the focal point of Al Khobar’s seafront skyline has been a bone of contention for the local populace, who have complained that the long-delayed structure – in the shape of a 90-metre tall palm – has been a major inconvenience for businesses in the area rather than the tourist draw that was promised.


Instead of offering eight floors of attractions, including restaurants and a panoramic viewing deck, the construction site instead has become an unsightly impediment to people going about their business around the corniche."



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