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Flydubai adds Saudi Arabia’s AlUla to its network, resumes flights to Yanbu

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Dubai’s budget airline flydubai will begin to operate flights to AlUla in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first airline in the United Arab Emirates to add the destination to its network, a statement released by the airline on Friday revealed.

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The airline will start operating flights to AlUla via Prince Majeed bin Abdulaziz Airport (ULH) on March 2 (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and is set to operate from Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Palm trees at a date plantation in AlUla. (Supplied)
Palm trees at a date plantation in AlUla. (Supplied)

AlUla is a unique wonder of the world located in Saudi Arabia and home to the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, Hegra.

“We are pleased to be able to offer passengers from the UAE and our network the opportunity to visit and explore one of the world’s most beautiful and untouched destinations,” said the airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Hamad Obaidalla.

“This route [to AlUla] will be popular for our passengers from the UAE, as well as for travelers from the GCC, Russia and Central Asia. Al Ula offers passengers great options for seeking immersive cultural and historical experiences as well as outdoor adventure activities, especially in the cooler winter season,” said flydubai’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations Sudhir Sreedharan.

AlUla opened to travelers from across the world for the very first time in 2020. Visitors can now explore the historic remains and landmarks and learn more about the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Visitors can also explore Alula by hot air balloon. (Supplied)
Visitors can also explore Alula by hot air balloon. (Supplied)

In AlUla, visitors will have access to a museum of preserved Nabataean tombs of Hegra, historical monuments and dwellings – both natural and man-made – and sandstone outcrops, representing around 200,000 years of largely unexplored human history, the statement read.

This image released on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 shows a scene during the 2019 AlUla Balloon Festival part of Winter at Tantora in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AP)
This image released on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 shows a scene during the 2019 AlUla Balloon Festival part of Winter at Tantora in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AP)

The first international flight arrived in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla on November 18, opening a new path for travelers to visit what is being billed as the largest living museum in the world.

The Saudi low-cost carrier Flynas, which took off from the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai International Airport, was welcomed by a water canon salute in the presence of representatives from the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) at around 3pm local time.

Resumption of flights to Yanbu

Flydubai also stated that it will resume its operations to Yanbu, growing its network in Saudi Arabia to six points, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Dammam.

Flights to Yanbu’s International airport (YNB), also known as Abdul Mohsin bin Abdulaziz International Airport, will begin on February 24, with three weekly flights.

The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, according to the statement.

“We are also looking forward to the resumption of our operations to Yanbu in the [Medina] Province,” added Obaidalla.

Joanne Serrieh and Marco Ferrari contributed to this report

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