Thursday, 18 April 2019

Riyadh to get A380 service from 21st April

Emirates expands its A380 network 
with the introduction of scheduled service to Riyadh

Special Expo livery A380 of Emirates           Photo Emirates 
There will be even more choice for Emirates passengers going to or from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 21st April when the Dubai based carrier introduces the super spacious A380 into the schedule.

Riyadh, the Saudi capital and most populous city will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network.  From 21st April flight EK817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular A380. EK 817 will depart Dubai at 1850, arriving in Riyadh at 1935. The return flight EK 818 leaves Riyadh at 2125, arriving in Dubai at 0035 the next day. 

Emirates advise that the A380 aircraft will be operating on the route five times a week. The deployment of the iconic double-decker aircraft will offer business and leisure travellers from Riyadh even more connection opportunities for a seamless ‘all A380’ journey to business hubs such as New York, London and Hong Kong as well as top leisure destinations like Mauritius and Barcelona.  

Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran said: “With the introduction of a regularly scheduled A380 service to Riyadh, Emirates is once again reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by catering to growing passenger demand.  This A380 service complements the newly introduced Game Changer Boeing 777-300ER on the route, which means that customers travelling to and from Riyadh can enjoy our latest flagship products. The introduction of the A380 to Riyadh also supports Saudi Vision 2030 by helping to grow the Kingdom’s aviation sector through stimulating robust traffic growth, increasing connectivity and deepening its global footprint. We would like to thank the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation who have been instrumental in making this service possible.” 

The Emirates A380 aircraft that will serve the Dubai-Riyadh route will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in Economy on the main deck, 76 fully flatbed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class private suites on the upper deck. Once the A380 reaches cruising altitude, premium passengers can socialise in the On-Board Lounge where they can network and enjoy special delicacies at 38,000 feet.  Passengers in every cabin class on the Emirates A380 can enjoy curated meals and amenities, served by Cabin Crew who speak their language. Customers can also browse and explore over 4,000 channels of entertainment, including more than 300 channels of Arabic movies, TV shows, music, podcasts and audiobooks.

The airline has previously deployed two one-off A380 missions to Riyadh in celebration of the Kingdom’s National Days, and displayed its A380 aircraft at the recent Saudi International Airshow 2019.

Emirates has been facilitating tourism and trade in the Kingdom for more than 30 years, developing its services to Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, and Dammam. Today the airline serves these four gateways in the Kingdom with 84 weekly flights to Dubai and connecting travellers to key business and tourism destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Riyadh is an exciting city, that has an abundance of fantastic modern architecture and amazing shopping. 

Intercontinental Riyadh,  5 start hotel on King Saud Road, Riyadh. 

Al Baylasan Cafe  Photo IHG

The InterContinental Riyadh hotel is a luxury hotel, located just five minutes from the city's exciting, high-rise business and shopping district. You can practise your golf swing on a nine-hole course, have a round of tennis and then cool off in one of two large pools. Or you can relax by strolling the hotel's 40 hectares of exotic landscaped grounds. Experience true Saudi hospitality in our restaurants, or host a business meeting or conference in one of 13 sleek event spaces.

A suite at the InterContinetal    Photo IHG
Things to do in Riyadh.
Head to the Olaya District, Riyadh's commercial heart and try some authentic local dishes at Najd Village. If you're feeling adventurous, try the traditional Saudi way of dining, which involves squatting on the carpeted floor. After eating, you can shop for designer goods in the district's luxury boutiques or go for a camel ride in nearby Al Thumama Park. Then visit King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, where you'll find the National Museum of Antiquities and Al Murabba Palace, built in 1934.
Then you can test your putting skills by playing a round on our own nine-hole golf course. For greenery of a different kind, take the 10-minute drive to Al Salam Park, where you can stroll among lawns and palm trees surrounding a beautiful man-made lake. From there, head to nearby Al Musmak Fortress, a mud-brick citadel dating from 1865 that is now a fascinating historical museum. Save 15% or more if you're an IHG Rewards Club Member.

Holiday Inn Riyadh - Meydan    4 star hotel on King Fahad Road, (at the crossing with Khurais Road)

This is a modern and fresh 8 storey hotel is located close to the Olaya business district, within easy reach to business centres such as Al Faisalyah and Kingdom Tower with access the major arterial roads King Fahd & Olaya.  The hotel features over 290 accommodation rooms and suites, plus a dedicated conference floor offering 16 meeting rooms of various combinations to suit up to 120 guests with a dining outlet, modern gymnasium and spa.

Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace on Prince Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Aziz Street.

The Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace is strategically located in the district of ministries, government departments, banks and hospitals in Riyadh. Within proximity to Haiy Al Wazarat in Al Murabba, Lulu Hyper Market and other historical attractions like the King Abdul Aziz National Museum, Al Masmak Palace, and National Library. It's less than 30 minutes’ drive from King Khalid International Airport.

The hotel offers 304 elegant rooms with newly renovated and refurbished conference halls with state of the art Audio-visual equipment for hosting corporate & social events and other special occasions for up to 400 people.  The hotel also has a variety of food and drink options throughout the day from fine dining to lighter meals at the full-service, on-site restaurant and lounge. It also has a health club, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and a sauna.

Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace

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