Air Arabia Egypt to start direct flights between Sohag and Jeddah

Air Arabia continues on its mission to create an ever-expanding network of diverse destinations.
Updated 19 March 2018

Air Arabia Egypt to start direct flights between Sohag and Jeddah

Air Arabia Egypt has announced the launch of a new route linking Sohag in Egypt to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, starting Tuesday.
The one-hour-20-minute flight, which will be the seventh Air Arabia new route being announced this year, will operate thrice a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will depart from Sohag International Airport (HMB) at 6:25 a.m. and arrive at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) at 9 a.m. The return flight will depart Jeddah at 9:50 a.m. and land back in Sohag at 10:30 a.m. local time the same day.
Adel Al-Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia, said: “As air travel continues to grow, especially more so in the Middle East, we will continue to cater to the demand in our core markets. The route to Jeddah from Sohag will further contribute in the travel and tourism growth of Egypt and Saudi Arabia offering direct connectivity between both cities. This step also underlines our commitment to offering our passengers access to destinations at tremendous value.”
Air Arabia, currently operates flights on over 147 routes across the globe from five hubs located in the Middle East and North Africa, and continues on a mission to create an ever-expanding network of diverse destinations.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.