If Dammam and Dhahran are the hubs of Saudia Arabia’s oil and gas industry, Al Khobar is where the fruits of those profitable enterprises are on display. Established in 1942 thanks mostly to the discovery of oil, Al Khobar is where many of Aramco’s employees, including senior leadership, live. It is a thriving commercial center boasting a mix of modern shopping malls and Arabian antiquities. The oil industry is obviously what drives the city’s economy, although it also has a vibrant tourist trade. The city is serviced by an international airport, a major port, and the causeway that leads to Bahrain.