VIP Delegation at UNESCO Heritage Site in AlUla - Hegra, Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza
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VIP Delegation at UNESCO Heritage Site in AlUla - Hegra, Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza

Qatar Airways Commemorates Network Expansion in Saudi Arabia with Special Ceremony in AlUla

His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Royal Commission for AlUla welcomed His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Culture of the State of Qatar; and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer

 

The delegation toured Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, the Hegra Archaeological Site

 

Qatar Airways hosted an unforgettable outdoor luncheon in AlUla’s most sought-after luxury desert resort, blending natural landscape with luxury for a unique traditional and cultural experience

 

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways proudly announces the success of its inaugural journey to AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marking the airline's commitment to providing unparalleled travel experiences across over 170 destinations worldwide. The meticulously curated trip showcased AlUla as a new and exciting destination, offering travellers a unique blend of history, culture, and luxury.

 

The VIP delegation included His Excellency Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Culture of the State of Qatar who attended the inaugural flight, His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, Acting Chief Executive Officer Royal Commission for AlUla, Abeer Al Akel, and Phillip Jones Chief Tourism Officer, Royal Commission for AlUla.

 

The VIP delegation started the itinerary with a visit to the heart of the city’s Old Town. The tour showcased the revitalised Old Town, a historical gem with ancient traditional architecture revamped with a modern touch.

 

The journey continued with an exploration of various sites, highlighting a synergy of modernity and history, notably a visit to the sustainable and biodiverse district, Oasis, as well as to multiple publishing houses, providing a deeper understanding of the local culture and its affinity to literature.

 

The pinnacle of the trip was the significant visit to the Kingdom’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, Hegra, where His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received the VIP delegation for a photo opportunity which included a remarkable backdrop of the Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza.

 

Qatar Airways, the Best Airline in the Middle East, hosted a stunning outdoor lunch at one of AlUla’s most sought-after luxury desert resorts, Our Habitas AlUla. The mix of natural landscape and luxury provided the airline’s VIP guests with a unique and unforgettable experience, while indulging in delectable Arabic cuisine. Qatar Airways added a touch of its signature excellence to the luncheon by complementing the gathering with Qatari cultural performers presenting an authentic traditional experience in a breath-taking setting.

 

Minister of Culture of the State of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, highlighted that this inauguration is a testament to the success of the Culture, Tourism, and Entertainment Committee of the Qatari-Saudi Coordination Council. H.E. additionally expressed his appreciation for the contributions of H.H. Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, in making this achievement a reality.

 

Furthermore, H.E. emphasised the importance of investing in archaeological sites and developing their accessibility to enable the exploration of the rich cultural heritage of AlUla. Underlining heritage protection and preservation as one of the most important goals of cultural work, H.E. further elaborated on the ability of historical and heritage landmarks to attract people from the region and around the world, recognising the impact these sites have due to their cultural diversity, thus presenting a positive image for cultural dialogue. H.E. also expressed his pride in the Qatari-Saudi relations, which are strengthened by culture, affirming the fundamental role culture plays in consolidating the ties between the intellectuals of the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, said: “As a destination, AlUla embodies the blend of history, culture, and luxury making it a must-visit city in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. We are delighted to expand our network in Saudi to 10 destinations with this new addition, and to serve our key market with diverse travel options across the world. Qatar Airways looks forward to offering travellers in Saudi Arabia an unparalleled experience onboard our leading airline and through the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport.”

Travellers can expect to enjoy AlUla’s immersive tours which unveil the city's hidden treasures, archaeological sites, art installations, and more, leaving visitors in admiration of the city’s diverse richness.

 

Qatar Airways’ successful inaugural trip to the city of AlUla marks another step in the airline’s commitment to providing its passengers with the best travel experience, connecting them to the world through their gateway to over 170 destinations around the globe. Operating two weekly flights to AlUla, Qatar Airways brings the total number destinations to Saudi Arabia to 10, including 125 weekly flights across AlUla, Dammam, Gassim, Jeddah, Medina, NEOM, Riyadh, Tabuk, Taif, and Yanbu.

 

 

Flight schedule to AlUla:

 

Sunday (local time)

·       Doha (DOH) to AlUla (ULH) – QR1202 Departure 07:35, Arrival 10:15

·       AlUla (ULH) to Doha (DOH) – QR1203 Departure 11:45, Arrival 13:55

 

Friday (local time)

·       Doha (DOH) to AlUla (ULH) – QR1202 Departure 07:30, Arrival 10:10

·       AlUla (ULH) to Doha (DOH) – QR1203 Departure 12:15, Arrival 14:25

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UNESCO Heritage Site in AlUla, Hegra, Tomb of Lihyan Son of Kuza
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About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class Lounge' and 'World's Best Business Class Lounge Dining' at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the 'World’s Best Airline' voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022). As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was recently voted the 'World’s Best Airline Website' by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways was the first Airline in the Middle East to be certified to the highest level of IATA’s Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme, based on recognised environmental management system principles (such as ISO 14001). As an inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016, Qatar Airways became the first airline globally to be certified to the industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation.

Qatar Airways currently flies to nearly 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, the ‘World’s Best Airport’, as voted by Skytrax in 2021, 2022, and 2024. In 2024, Hamad International Airport also received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for 10 consecutive years, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’ for the second year in a row.

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