Emirates increases flights to Riyadh for Saudi National Day

An Emirates Boeing 777 in flight.
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UAE national carrier Emirates has made a move to accomodate increased passenger traffic during the National Day weekend.

In response to the surge in travelers to and from the Kingdom, Emirates has deployed three additional flights to Riyadh.

This service upgrade aims to provide travelers with greater convenience and flexibility during the festive season.

Saudi National Day

Saudi National Day is celebrated annually on September 23rd to commemorate the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. It is one of the three non-religious national holidays observed in the country, the other two being Saudi Founding Day and Saudi Flag Day.

On September 23, 1932, King Abdulaziz al-Saud issued a royal decree unifying the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz under the name “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

This marked the culmination of a decades-long process of unification, which began in 1902 when King Abdulaziz captured Riyadh, the ancestral home of the House of Saud.

Today, Saudi National Day is a time for Saudis to celebrate their country’s history and culture. The day is marked with a variety of festivities, including parades, fireworks, and traditional cultural performances.


Many Saudis also choose to wear traditional clothing on this day, and the Saudi flag is flown prominently throughout the country.

Timing and Schedule

Emirates has planned the scheduling of these additional flights to support the National Day celebrations. On the 20th, 21st, and 24th of September, travelers can embark on these special journeys from Dubai International Airport.

The choice of these dates ensures that passengers can fully immerse themselves in the festivities.

All three of these special flights will be operated on the reliable and renowned Boeing 777 aircraft. This choice is in line with Emirates’ commitment to delivering exceptional service and ensuring passenger comfort.

Emirates takes pride in its vast global network, and these additional flights to Riyadh are a testament to their dedication to connecting travelers to over 140 destinations worldwide.

The Dubai hub serves as a pivotal gateway, offering convenient onward connectivity to various regions, including North America, Southern Africa, and Europe.

In-Flight Service

Emirates’ commitment to providing a premium in-flight experience is well-known. Passengers on these additional flights can look forward to regional gourmet meals that cater to diverse tastes.

Furthermore, Emirates boasts an extensive entertainment system, offering over 6,500 channels of on-demand entertainment.

Among these, passengers can enjoy over 135 hours of Shahid Original content, exclusively available on the ice entertainment system. This ensures that passengers are entertained and well-fed throughout their journey.

A Long-Standing Relationship

Emirates has been serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1989, with flights to four key gateways: Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, and Dammam.

With a remarkable 67 flights per week, Emirates has firmly established itself as a preferred airline for travelers in the region.

This commitment to the Kingdom was further underscored when Emirates took on the role of the main sponsor for the King Salman Cup 2023 earlier this summer.

This sponsorship showcased Emirates’ passion for football and its support for the fanbase of the 16 top-tier regional clubs from across the Arab World.

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