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About Hofuf

Hofuf or Hufuf, which is located in the east of Saudi Arabia, is situated on the shore of the Persian Gulf. The city, which has attracted attention with its traditional life since ancient times, has fantastic palaces and markets to visit.

The population of Hofuf is over 320 thousand according to the last census. This makes the city one of the most populous cities in this part of the country. You can reach Hofuf by using the Al Ahsa International Airport. Other nearby major cities are among the alternatives that you can prefer in the transportation by air. If you want to travel to the city by train, you can reach the city from Riyadh by a 3-hour train journey. The travel from Dammam by train takes only 1.5 hours.

The city, which is also known by names such as Al-Hasa, Al-Ahsa or Al-Hassa, is one of the largest date production places of the world. Dates grown in Hofuf are exported to many countries in the European and Arabian Peninsula.

Transportation in the city, which makes the Arab dream come true with its historical castles and caves, is very easy. If you want to rent a car for a comfortable transportation, all you need is a driver's license and ID. Taxis are among the options that can be found both in the center and at the airport. Moreover, you can call a taxi directly by phone, ask your driver to take you to any point in the city or around the Persian Gulf. Jabl-e Gara Mountain, which attracts attention with its natural caves, and Al-Oqair Beach are some of the places that you can see in the region. 

You can taste the dishes made with rice and meat in the region. What you should be careful about eating is the possibility of difficulty in finding a meatless alternative especially if you are a vegetarian. If you are not very good with meat dishes, small sandwiches that you will take with you will save your life during your trip. The fruit that must be definitely tasted in Hofuf is date. You can eat dates alone or try them in traditional desserts. 

For a cheap accommodation in the city, you can choose budget-friendly small hotels or stay in a more expensive 5-star hotel. Luxury hotels usually have a gym, so you can burn calories if you want. However, the sale and consumption of alcohol is not allowed in the country, and this is also valid in hotels. If you are planning to travel to Hofuf and other cities of Saudi Arabia, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the prohibitions applied in the country before coming.

The city is hot throughout the year because of its location. In July and August, the temperature can exceed 40 degrees. On the other hand, it is possible to make your travel easier by coming in the periods when the temperature is more temperate. In order not to be affected by the heat, you can prefer cooler and indoor places.

Transportation to Hofuf City Center from Airport


Al-Ahsa Intl. Airport

Al-Ahsa International Airport, which provides air transportation in Hofuf that is situated at a close location to Qatar, Bahrain, and Dubai in Saudi Arabia, is located 22 kilometers west of the city center. For transportation to the city center, the passengers can benefit from taxis as well as private cars offered by the car rental companies at the airport.


The taxis belonging to Saptco, the only company that has permission to carry passengers at Al-Ahsa International Airport, wait for the passengers at the exit of the terminal building all day long.

Rent a car

You can get to the city center in half an hour by renting a car from the companies like Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Thrifty, Holiday Autos, Budget, Economy, and EasyCar that provide service with a large fleet at the airport.

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