Korean Air to resume direct flights to Kingdom’s cities

Updated 10 October 2012
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Korean Air to resume direct flights to Kingdom’s cities

Korean Air said yesterday it will resume direct flights between Korea and Saudi Arabia starting on Nov. 9. The announcement was made during an event about Connect Korea at the Sofitel Hotel in Alkhobar.
Ha Man-kee, Korean Air regional manager in the Kingdom, said: “We will commence the direct service three times a week, flying from Seoul/Incheon first to Riyadh and then onto Jeddah. The Seoul/Incheon-Riyadh-Jeddah flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.” He continued, “Saudi Arabia and Korea have had commercial connections. In the 1970s and 1980s, the time known as the ‘Middle East Boom’ years, Korean companies won many valuable construction contracts, contributing greatly to Korea’s economic progress.”
To facilitate travel between the two nations, Korean Air operated flights to Jeddah and Dhahran, the biggest markets in the region at that time. The demand for plant construction in Saudi Arabia has once more increased, and again Korean construction companies are part of the new boom. “Korean Air expects the demand for passenger traffic in the region to increase with high growth potential,” he said.
Ha Man-Kee pointed out that the network expansion would also be of interest to transit passengers from neighboring countries to Korea, including Japan and China, who will travel to Saudi Arabia via Korean Air’s hub in Seoul. He added, “We hope to attract business travelers visiting Saudi Arabia.”


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.