British Airways, the UK's leading airline, is set to resume flights to Jeddah from London Heathrow on November 4th, 2024 after a 5-year hiatus. 

The announcement was made during the GREAT Futures Conference in Riyadh, and the flights will operate four times a week on Boeing 787 planes in order to improve travel options between the UK and Saudi Arabia. 

This decision is in line with Saudi Arabia's larger efforts to promote tourism and strengthen business relations with the UK.

Strengthening Air Connectivity

British Airways

Set to commence operations on November 4, 2024, British Airways will deploy its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 aircraft to operate year-round flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Jeddah (JED). 

This renewed route will initially offer four weekly flights, providing passengers with increased flexibility and convenience when traveling between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Colm Lacy, British Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said, 

"We have a long history of connecting families, friends, and businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with our home in London. There are significant opportunities for businesses in both countries, so we're pleased we can re-build our connectivity and strengthen links between the two kingdoms."

Driving Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Growth

King Abdul AbdulAziz International Airport

The resumption of direct flights between London Heathrow and Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz Airport is expected to significantly boost inbound tourism to Saudi Arabia. 

This enhanced connectivity will facilitate easier access to the Kingdom's diverse cultural, historical, and natural attractions, thereby promoting Saudi Arabia as a top travel destination.

The increased air connectivity is poised to play a pivotal role in driving tourism growth and fostering closer ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Utilizing British Airways' Expansive Network

British Airways

Furthermore, British Airways' extensive network across the UK, Europe, and North America provides an excellent opportunity for travel advisors to promote Saudi Arabia as a prime destination. 

The direct flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah will allow travelers to explore the untouched wonders of Saudi Arabia with ease and comfort, courtesy of one of the world's leading global carriers.

Enticing Launch Offers

British Airways

To commemorate the launch of the Jeddah route, British Airways has unveiled a series of attractive fare promotions. 

Passengers can take advantage of competitive return fares starting from 1,905 Saudi Riyals (approximately $508) in World Traveller (economy) class and 16,079 Saudi Riyals (approximately $4,288) in Club World (business class). 

These special fares are available for booking until June 5, 2024, providing ample opportunity for travelers to secure their desired seats.

Enhancing Saudi’s Economic Growth 

British Airways

The addition of direct flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah is anticipated to greatly enhance the flow of tourists into Saudi Arabia, offering foreign visitors a convenient and stress-free journey. 

As the country continues to embrace tourism and expand its economic ventures, the collaboration between British Airways and Saudi Arabia serves as proof of the potential growth opportunities. 

By resuming flights to Jeddah, British Airways is aiming to contribute to the realization of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 - an all encompassing strategy to turn the country into a prominent destination for tourism, commerce, and investments.

Exploring Jeddah’s Rich Cultural Heritage 

The newly established air connectivity will facilitate a cultural exchange between the UK and Saudi Arabia. British tourists will now have the chance to immerse themselves in the diverse heritage and lively contemporary culture of Jeddah. 

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Expanding Saudi Destinations

British Airways

Apart from Jeddah, British Airways also offers flights to Riyadh, the main city of Saudi Arabia. The combination of these two locations will provide travelers with a wider range of choices and greater flexibility in organizing their visits to the country.

Driving Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Vision

British Airways

The direct flights from London Heathrow to Jeddah by British Airways signify a significant step forward in the strengthening partnership between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

This strategic move improves air connectivity, opens up new business prospects, promotes cultural exchange, and drives the ambitious aviation vision of Saudi Arabia.

Recent Developments in Jeddah 

Jeddah Edition Hotel

EDITION Hotels

The Jeddah EDITION hotel, the first hotel of its kind in Saudi Arabia, has officially opened its doors. 

Nestled along the picturesque Jeddah Corniche, it offers convenient access to the Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina and the Jeddah Formula 1 track. 

With its luxurious accommodations of 63 rooms and 11 suites, accompanied by exceptional amenities, guests will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the Red Sea. 

This launch is a clear indication of the thriving hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia, offering lavish and tailor-made journeys for discerning travelers.

Millennium Jeddah Hotel

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

The Millennium Jeddah Hotel, the first hotel of Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA in Jeddah, is scheduled to launch for later this month. 

Featuring a luxurious 5-star rating, the hotel will be conveniently located just a short 2-minute drive from Al Hamra Beach and 24 km away from King Abdul Aziz International Airport. 

The property will offer a total of 252 opulent rooms and suites, as well as a health club, an outdoor swimming pool, and a variety of dining options. This marks the 9th expansion of Millennium's hotel chain in Saudi Arabia, with plans for three additional properties to open in 2024.

Jeddah Balad Heritage Hotels

Al Balad

The first three heritage hotels in Jeddah's Historic District have finally been opened after much anticipation and careful restoration. 

These hotels, known as Beit Jokhdar, Beit Al-Rayes, and Beit Kedwan, have undergone meticulous restoration following guidelines from UNESCO. In 2014, UNESCO recognized Al Balad, Jeddah Historic District, as a World Heritage Site. 

These hotels proudly showcase the exceptional architecture and craftsmanship of historic Jeddah and offer authentic local Saudi cuisine at their restaurants, with prices starting at 5000 SAR per night.

Jeddah Central Destination

Jeddah Central Development Company

The Jeddah Central Development Company has marked a significant milestone in elevating Jeddah into a premier global tourist destination. 

With the recent announcement of $3.2 billion in contracts for Phase One of the Jeddah Central project, this ambitious development spans over 5.7 million square kilometers. 

It features a state-of-the-art stadium, an oceanarium, luxurious beach resorts, 2,700 hotel rooms, shopping centers, dining options, and 17,000 housing units.

The strategic positioning of Jeddah along the Red Sea and its proximity to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah underscores the ideal setting for the PIF-owned developer to metamorphose the $20 billion Jeddah Central project into a year-round tourist destination.

MARAFY Waterfront Project

ROSHN

ROSHN, a real estate firm owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has recently commenced the MARAFY Waterfront project in Jeddah by laying the foundation stone. 

The highly anticipated MARAFY development will feature an 11km artificial canal, establishing a direct connection to the Red Sea. 

The waterside districts within MARAFY are anticipated to be seamlessly interconnected, providing convenient access to one another and the wider Jeddah community through modes such as water taxis, ferries, and a dedicated metro station. 

Furthermore, there are intentions to establish a direct canal link from MARAFY to King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Jeddah Tower 

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Jeddah Tower, currently under construction in Saudi Arabia, is set to resume its construction, targeting a height surpassing 1,000 meters and outshining the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 

Designed by the renowned architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, this skyscraper is a feat in engineering and an aesthetic marvel. 

Its sleek, glass-clad exterior and uniquely sloped façade draw inspiration from the gracefully folded fronts of desert palm trees, promising to redefine the skyline with its impressive design and unprecedented height.

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