The mystery behind Dammam’s Love Street
"شارع الحب" في الدمام وجهة أهل الخليج منذ القدم
13 FEB 2020
Source: Alaa Al-Bahrani
The reason why “Al-Hob Street (Love Street)" in Dammam was given its name has been a constant source of speculation for locals. Some believe the name was coined following the release of a famous Egyptian movie with the same name. However, others believe that the street was a historic meeting place for young men and women at the local traditional souk.
According to another theory, the street’s name was mispronounced and in fact it should have been “Al-Hab Street (Grains Street)”, since many small shops and stalls tend to sell different types of grain at the location.
Although the area is officially named the Downtown, locals still refer to the area by its more popular name. The street has many dress and jewelry shops that have continued to attract prospective brides over the last 25 years. This too might have contributed to the Love Street name.
The street has gained a reputation not only in Saudi Arabia but other GCC countries as well. Families coming from the region tend to tour around the shops looking for various products provided at reasonable prices. The traditional souk in the area, established some 70 years ago, has offered traditional snacks and refreshing drinks for visitors hoping to add a local flavor to their shopping experience.
The “Love Street” in Makkah
If you are a resident of Makkah, then you must have visited the Love Street or heard about it. It is the popular street in Al-Otaibiya neighborhood near the Great Mosque in Makkah, which is full of shops on its sides.
The name “Al-Hob Street (love Street) in Makkah was given to the street from young local people to indicate in a sarcastic manner the large number of women's clothing and accessories shops and the large presence of women in the street. Currently a number of development projects under way to develop the street and rehabilitate it according to the latest styles and architectural designs, in a way that suits the holy city of Makkah.