Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 March 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, celebrated its inaugural service to AlUla on 02 March, becoming the first national carrier of the UAE to operate flights from Dubai.
Yesterday’s inaugural flight arrived at AlUla International Airport (ULH) and was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, marking the start of a twice-weekly service. On board the inaugural flight was a senior delegation led by Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, members of the Royal Commission for AlUla, as well as representatives from the UAE media. The delegation was invited to a welcome reception which was followed by a press conference.
Speaking at the press conference, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we are delighted to see the first flydubai flight land in AlUla today and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the authorities and the Royal Commission for AlUla for their support. The launch of operations to AlUla reflects our commitment to strengthening the cultural, trade and tourism ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and opening up new markets to more passengers.”
Phillip J. Jones, Chief Destination Management and Marketing Officer at The Royal Commission for AlUla, said: “As AlUla continues to attract more visitors from around the globe, we are thrilled to have flydubai offer year-round direct flights from Dubai. The new twice-weekly flights will facilitate not only the movement of visitors from the important UAE market, but from throughout flydubai's extensive international network into AlUla.
There is no other destination that equals AlUla for fascinating ancient history, heritage and culture combined with high-end luxury settings and experiences - and now increasingly more easily accessible for both leisure and business visitors. We still have five exciting weeks to go of our AlUla Moments events calendar and we warmly invite flydubai customers to visit to enjoy our concerts, festivals and events.”
AlUla is an unseen wonder of the world that is located close to Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage site, Hegra, which opened to global travellers for the first time in 2020. At Hegra, visitors can explore the remains of a remarkable historical and archaeological site.
With the addition of AlUla, flydubai’s network in Saudi Arabia has now grown to six destinations including Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh and Yanbu.
In addition, passengers have the option to choose full packages from Holidays by flydubai with affordable travel packages to AlUla, starting at AED 1,899. Package prices include Economy Class return flights and accommodation for three nights per person based on two adults sharing a room, including tax (room only). Travellers can customise their travel packages and add optional extras such as travel insurance, airport transfers or sightseeing tours.
flydubai’s passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact and offers passengers confidence to travel at every step of their journey. Customers who book a flight through flydubai.com will receive complimentary global cover for COVID-19 related costs to offer greater peace of mind when travelling.