Qatar Airways has announced direct flights from DOHA to NEOM Bay in Saudi Arabia, marking its 10th Route to the Kingdom. The inaugural flight made its first landing at NEOM Bay Airport on December 9th 2023.
Qatar Airways also recently announced new flights to AlUla, Tabuk, and Yanbu, making it easier for international visitors to experience the natural wonders of Saudi Arabia.
Tourism Surge in Saud i Arabia
In the initial seven months of 2023, Saudi Arabia secured the second spot worldwide for tourist influx. The Ministry of Tourism reported a remarkable 58% surge in tourist arrivals by the end of July, contrasting with the corresponding period 2019.
Qatar Airways’ Expansion in Saudi Arabia
Qatar Airways has been progressively establishing its foothold in the Saudi market. This development has cemented Qatar Airways’ position in the Saudi market, enhancing NEOM’s connectivity with the world and enriching the cultural and economic ties between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Qatar Airways has now also started operating direct bi-weekly flights from Doha to AlUla in Saudi Arabia following the expansion of the AlUla International Airport with a new terminal, boosting its capacity to serve up to six million passengers annually.
This expansion has positioned Qatar Airways as a key player in connecting travelers to Saudi Arabia’s diverse landscapes and cultures.
Cities Served by Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways serves nine cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: AlUla, Dammam, Gassim, Jeddah, Medina, NEOM, Riyadh, Taif, and Yanbu. Additionally, Tabuk is due to open on 14th December 2023.
By offering a comprehensive network across these cities, the airline provides travelers with various destinations to explore.
Commitment to Seamless Travel
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer expressed excitement about introducing NEOM as their ninth gateway in Saudi Arabia.
“We are excited to introduce NEOM as our ninth gateway in Saudi Arabia. We believe that the launch of this flight underlines our commitment to providing a seamless travel experience for our passengers in the Saudi market.”
NEOM Bay: The Gateway to the Future
NEOM, often called the land of dreams, is set to revolutionize how we live and work with nature. This region embodies visionary development and represents a commitment to a sustainable future. With the launch of Qatar Airways’ operations, NEOM is poised to become even more connected to the world.
Justin Erbacci, NEOM Airports Chief Executive Officer, welcomed Qatar Airways to NEOM Bay Airport.
“NEOM Bay’s addition of a fourth airline operator and third international destination is a milestone moment in the early phases of our strategic expansion of NEOM’s connectivity, which is so vital to support our ongoing development.”
This milestone represents a vital step in the strategic expansion of NEOM’s connectivity, supporting its ongoing development.
Connecting Families and Business
Offering two weekly flights to NEOM, Qatar Airways is creating an essential pathway for the city’s workforce to maintain connections with families back home.
Additionally, the new operations in NEOM will facilitate business travel, further fostering enriched economic and cultural ties between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Global Connectivity from NEOM
Passengers in Saudi Arabia traveling from NEOM will enjoy seamless connectivity to over 170 destinations worldwide, including destinations in China, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and the United States.
Qatar Airways continues to lead the way in connecting travelers to some of the most sought-after destinations globally.
Booking Flights to NEOM
Tickets for flights to NEOM are now available for booking through the Qatar Airways website, mobile app, and travel agencies. The Flight Schedule to NEOM is:
Doha (DOH) to NEOM (NUM) – Flight No. QR1204: Departure 06:35; Arrival 09:50
NEOM (NUM) to Doha (DOH) – Flight No. QR1205: Departure 11:05; Arrival 13:40
Doha (DOH) to NEOM (NUM) – Flight No. QR1204: Departure 06:55; Arrival 10:10
NEOM (NUM) to Doha (DOH) – Flight No. QR1205: Departure 11:25; Arrival 14:00
World’s Best Business Class
Qatar Airways, a multiple award-winning airline, won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization Skytrax.
Additionally, the airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, 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.
NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this New Future.
NEOM is due to feature hyperconnected, cognitive cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues, and tourist destinations.
As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and companies will come to research, incubate, and commercialize new technologies and enterprises in groundbreaking ways.
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