BA announces perfect way for Saudi residents to enjoy holiday adventure
BA announces perfect way for Saudi residents to enjoy holiday adventure
In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations.
Robert Williams, head of sales — Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “The Middle East is home to savvy holiday makers who want to explore new destinations, challenge themselves with exciting experiences and visit loved ones."
Williams said: “We want our customers to be able to experience their greatest holiday adventure yet without having to worry about splurging on that extra holiday for the year.”
He added: “Our current special fares campaign helps residents to visit traditionally popular cities, experience exotic places through our new routes and book in their annual visit home.”
Special fares across all routes and cabins
British Airways’ special fares offer runs across all its cabins through to Jan. 24 with travel valid until Dec. 12. The UK’s national carrier is offering return flights to London from Riyadh starting from as little as SR1,992 in its World Traveller cabins and from SR7,801 in its Club World cabins.
Highly anticipated sporting events, new routes and TV programs all influence the top travel predictions! Here is a shortlist of destinations that made it to the top of British Airways’ 2018 holiday suggestions:
NEW YORK: Wake up in the city that never sleeps by treating yourself to a long weekend in New York in 2018. With an iconic skyline, energetic nightlife, bounty of museums and endless shops, a trip to the Big Apple is guaranteed to leave you dazzled, and you’ll find it easy to see why it’s been voted The Best City in the World.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Riyadh to New York via London Heathrow start from SR3,125 and Club World from SR9,779.
TORONTO: The ever-evolving and constantly innovative Toronto also features as a hotspot to watch. Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and, with Toronto leading the celebrations, more people are thinking of the city as one of Canada’s best destinations. Time your visit during the star-studded Toronto Film Festival, which draws global crowds and is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world attracting over 480,000 people annually. With direct flights from London to Toronto year-round, find your way to a vibrant city which is perfect during sunny summer days or snowy winter evenings.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to Toronto via London Heathrow start from SR3,335 and Club World from SR11,820.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: A brand-new route to Music City will be music to travellers’ ears, as from May 2018 British Airways will be travelling directly from Europe to the home of country music and good living. Discover Nashville through its streets, stories, and the stars on its pavements. Must see’s include the famous Bluebird Café and The Country Music Hall of Fame, whilst must do’s for food lovers include a huge traditional Southern meal of delicious crispy fried chicken and shrimp.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to Nashville via London Heathrow start from SR4,825 and Club World from SR12,825.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: It has never been easier to get to New Orleans; the birthplace of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. Famous for its Mardi Gras, make the most of the city by visiting during the historical celebrations to catch the popular parades and electric atmosphere. Plan a visit to the architecturally fascinating French Quarter, followed by an evening out on the monumental Bourbon Street.
Flights: Return flights in World Traveller from Jeddah to New Orleans via London Heathrow start from SR4,617 and Club World from SR11,989.
INVESTMENT: British Airways is investing £4.5 billion over the next five years with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. The airline is investing £600 million in Club World, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding — plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. At Heathrow, a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are being revamped and improved.
Long-haul World Traveller customers will also receive an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight. Customers can also look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years, as well as access to power in every seat.
Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar
Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.
As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame.
UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.
Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia.
“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD.
“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.”
Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.
Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.”
Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.