Sit back and enjoy your flight from Asmara to Riyadh with Qatar Airways. Choose from a selection of premium-quality services designed to make your journey as comfortable as possible. Our modern aircraft is designed with extremely comfortable and spacious seating and that essential extra legroom for your comfort. Throughout the trip, you’ll be waited on by an attentive cabin crew and will have the chance to sample gourmet cuisine from an exclusive, award-winning menu.
Riyadh is the main trading and financial centre for Saudi Arabia, and as such, has all the cultural conveniences you’d expect of any great capital. These include glitzy designer shopping malls and gourmet restaurants, as well as attractions such as the historic Masmak Fortress and Riyadh Zoo. The National Museum is full of artefacts from the region’s colourful past, and for great views of the city, you can go up to the sky bridge between the two towers of the Kingdom Centre – if you dare!
Eritrea’s largest international airport, Asmara International Airport is a relatively compact and efficient departure point from this fascinating country. Customers flying from Asmara with Qatar Airways will find the airport to be friendly and secure, with adequate facilities and a helpful, professional team ready to provide you with a memorable start to your journey.
The airport has a history dating back to 1922, making it one of the oldest in Africa and a key transport hub internationally. Recent improvements to the runway have opened up a number of new routes from the airport, placing it firmly on the map for international travellers.
Transportation and parking
The airport is close to the city of Asmara and is reasonably served by buses and taxis. However, travellers with larger amounts of luggage would be well advised to pre-book a taxi through their hotel, as buses to the airport can be very crowded. There is limited available parking for short- and long-term stays, and spaces do fill up quickly.
At the airport
Customers flying from Asmara with Qatar Airways depart from the main Departure area. This compact airport is easy to navigate, but due to very tight security checks it is advisable to arrive at least one to two hours before your flight is due to board to check-in and clear security checks.
Facilities and amenities
The airport has a selection of facilities for passengers, including a First and Business-class lounge area, several shops selling a selection of goods, and a number of vendors providing food and beverages.
Saudi Arabia’s capital is a major business destination that is the epicentre of commerce and finance in this part of the world. As a result it is geared towards business travellers, with high quality hotels and conference centres as well as exceptional restaurants. From what was once a desert community, Riyadh has now grown into a city of international importance.
Book a flight to Riyadh with Qatar Airways and discover a city built on traditional values and principles that welcomes visitors with genuine warmth. Riyadh’s history stretches back to at least the 3rd Century, but today it’s a bright, modern and vibrant city that’s pushing forward with an emphasis on technology and innovation.
The massive and imposing Masmak Fortress is the heart of old Riyadh and has been painstakingly restored to almost new condition. Inside, an extensive museum charts the history of the fortress and the surrounding city in detail, giving you a real insight into the culture of Saudi Arabia.
For more information on the history of the Saudi people, a visit to the National Museum is a must. This museum is an interactive experience that utilises high-tech gadgets to immerse visitors in the atmosphere and culture of the country. It’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, with daily performances and virtual tours of some of the country’s great battles and events throughout history.
About 40km north of the city is Wadi Hanifa, which has been transformed from a dried riverbed into a stunning desert park that gives you a chance to escape the noise of the city for a gentle picnic or to explore the tranquillity of the desert.
Back in the city you’ll find the Kingdom Centre, an ultra-modern structure and the second-tallest building in Saudi Arabia. The view from the 99th floor Skybridge is truly spectacular, particularly at night.
Flights to Riyadh with Qatar Airways land at King Khaled Airport. Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Before you fly to Riyadh please check the visa and passport requirements.
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