Qatar Airways commemorates network expansion in Saudi Arabia with special ceremony in AlUla.
24 January 2024, 12:00 AM
31 January 2024, 12:00 AM
Qatar Airways announced the success of its inaugural journey to AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 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 Minister of Culture HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, 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, Eng 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 HE 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. He additionally expressed his appreciation for the contributions of HH Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, in making this achievement a reality.
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.