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RSI to welcome the First Flight from Abroad on April 18th

On April 18th, the RSI will receive its first international flight from Dubai, operated by flydubai, initiating a new bi-weekly service.

Sun, Apr 7, 2024 4:15pmGrey Clock 3 min

The Red Sea International Airport (RSI) is set to welcome its first flight from overseas, courtesy of flydubai, marking the commencement of a new bi-weekly route between Dubai and RSI on April 18th.

Since last September, Saudia has maintained a consistent domestic flight schedule to RSI.

John Pagano, the Group CEO of Red Sea Global

John Pagano, the Group CEO of Red Sea Global, shared that RSI, located within a three-hour flight of 250 million people, aims to accommodate 1 million visitors annually when operating at full capacity.

He also noted that the launch of their operations six months ago was just the beginning of their ambition to reach this target, and the introduction of their first flight from outside the country represents another significant milestone in positioning Saudi Arabia as a leading global tourism destination.

Constructed to facilitate convenient access to The Red Sea, RSI now serves as the gateway to two resorts: Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, and St. Regis Red Sea Resort.

The year ahead promises the opening of three additional luxury destinations, including the forthcoming Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which stands as one of the seven of its kind globally. It will soon be joined by Shebara, boasting a unique collection of overwaters, stainless steel villas, and Desert Rock, a resort cradled by mountains.

Michael White, the Chief Commercial Officer at Red Sea International Airport, highlighted the importance of welcoming international visitors as a critical step forward for RSI, building upon the groundwork established by the first domestic flights last September. White affirmed a dedication to outstanding service for both travelers and airlines, with an eager anticipation of broadening RSI’s network to welcome visitors from around the world to The Red Sea.

Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at flydubai

Sudhir Sreedharan, flydubai’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Subcontinent, and Africa), highlighted the airline’s role as the first to offer direct flights from the UAE to The Red Sea, aligning with flydubai’s goal to access untapped markets and connect them through Dubai’s aviation hub.

RSI is on a path to becoming the first airport in the Middle East to achieve carbon neutrality. This ambition is supported by the implementation of cutting-edge sustainability practices across its operations, aimed at reducing carbon emissions, optimizing energy use, and enhancing resource and waste management efficiencies. Key sustainability initiatives include prioritizing local materials in the construction phase, powering the facility entirely with renewable energy to meet or exceed LEED Gold Certification requirements, and implementing measures to reduce light pollution in accordance with Dark Sky Guidelines.




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“Saudi Summer is Next Door” plans to boost tourism in the Kingdom over four months across seven destinations.

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Saudi Arabia has unveiled its plan to attract international tourists this summer. The strategy includes appealing visa options, complimentary airline tickets for families, a lineup of major events, and opportunities for tax-free shopping.

The initiative, organized under the guidance of Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), is named “Saudi Summer is Next Door.”


Extensive Summer 2024 Tourism Activities

The initiative will span four months, ending in September, and will be hosted across seven key destinations: Aseer, Al Baha, Taif, the Red Sea, Jeddah, Riyadh, and AlUla.

It features over 550 tourism products and more than 150 specially tailored offers and packages for families and various interest groups including adventure enthusiasts, luxury seekers, and cultural and heritage buffs.

The launch event of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 was attended by notable figures such as Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, in addition to more than 250 key partners from both public and private sectors, prominent media personalities, and influential opinion leaders.

Showcasing Global Events and Cultural Richness

This year’s program will also welcome back the Jeddah Season and introduce the Aseer Season, each filled with various activities and events for families. The Kingdom will host several significant events as part of the summer program, including the first Esports World Cup in Riyadh, an eight-week competition featuring top esports athletes, and various boxing tournaments in Riyadh and Jeddah.

During the event, Al Khateeb highlighted the latest global tourism trends, the Kingdom’s growth in the tourism sector, and the record-high tourist numbers that have propelled Saudi Arabia to the top of the UN World Tourism list and the G20 nations list.

Al Baha

Al Khateeb emphasized, “Saudi Arabia is witnessing a transformative period in tourism, driven by our vision to position the Kingdom as a premier global destination. The Saudi Summer Program 2024 is our commitment to showcasing the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and unparalleled hospitality that Saudi Arabia offers. “We invite local and international tourists to experience the diversity of our seven unique destinations and take advantage of the exceptional offers and packages designed to create unforgettable memories. “This initiative, supported by our strategic partnerships and groundbreaking efforts like the eVisa and increased flight connectivity, demonstrates our dedication to making Saudi Arabia more accessible and appealing to tourists worldwide. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from all corners of the globe to explore and enjoy the vibrant experiences that await them this summer.”

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, also remarked, “Saudi tourism is witnessing unparalleled development at all levels, achieving great leaps in recent years, which I witnessed during my multiple visits to this hospitable country.”


“Saudi Arabia has global indicators related to the number of tourists, which has qualified it to top the UN World Tourism list of significant tourist destinations.”

“All of these great achievements for Saudi tourism would not have been possible without proper planning by those in charge of the sector in the Kingdom and the great potential it possesses in terms of diverse climates, stunning natural landmarks, and the generosity of Saudi people who are distinguished by their hospitality, raising the ceiling of ambitions for new achievements.”

STA CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said: “While temperatures in the region rise to high levels during summer, temperatures in the highlands of Saudi Arabia in the southern region decrease to the extent that we even witnessed snowfall in Al Soudah yesterday.” “Through the promotional campaign for the Saudi Summer Program 2024, we seek to highlight the uniqueness of our destinations and their climatic, natural, and cultural diversity, along with the exceptional events and activities happening during summer. “This year’s summer program includes more than 550 tourism products and 150 special offers designed in collaboration with STA’s partners, which include attractive offers from hotels, airlines offering free tickets for children in partnership with major travel, tourism, and aviation companies, and exceptional products in the Aseer Season and Jeddah Season like tax-free shopping offers and many new and exciting experiences such as private beaches for tourists and ladies’ beaches.”

“The campaign slogan “Saudi Summer is Next Door” embodies an open invitation to explore the magic of Saudi destinations and their diversity. This diversity is expressed with simple words that reflect the uniqueness of each destination, such as “Closer,” “Cooler,” “More Beautiful,” and “More Affordable.”

The private sector is a very important component of the success of tourism programs and initiatives, and the Saudi Tourism Authority is committed to empowering it by fostering demand for products and offers that align with the aspirations of tourists globally.

The launch of the Saudi Summer Program 2024 marks a period when visiting the Kingdom has become easier, smoother, and safer through measures such as the availability of the eVisa to citizens of 66 countries, a 20 percent reduction in eVisa prices, and a significant increase in the number of weekly flights from

Gulf cities to Saudi summer destinations, now totaling 1,100.

Residents of the GCC can also benefit from the GCC residents visa, which allows them multiple entries and a stay of up to 90 days in the Kingdom over a year. Moreover, the number of hotel rooms available to travelers is set to increase, with an additional 25,000 rooms expected to be added this year.


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