Saudi Arabian Airlines unveils new services

Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser at the carrier’s exhibition stand.
Updated 29 April 2018

Saudi Arabian Airlines unveils new services

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, welcomed guests, members of the media and travel partners on the opening day of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) show in Dubai.
Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser welcomed special guest Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, and other dignitaries, during the official opening of the 25th edition of the ATM.
The four-day exhibition ran from April 22-25 at the Dubai International Convention Center.
The airline officially revealed its new exhibition stand at the travel show, complete with Saudia aircraft seats on display, including the “First Suite,” business class and economy class seats.
New amenity kits for first and business class were also revealed, and are being showcased this week at ATM.
Saudia also promoted recently announced new destinations, Izmir, Malaga and Russia, which will all commence in June of this year. The airline’s holiday division — Saudia Holidays — has special packages on offer for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, including match tickets to watch any games scheduled.
The new hub and home of Saudia — Jeddah’s new King Abdul Aziz International Airport, set to open next month, could be experienced through a digital interactive display, designed exclusively for the airline’s exhibition stand at ATM.
Saudia currently flies to 89 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 aircraft.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, the airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Saudia carried 30 million passengers in 2016, and was named the 2017 World’s Most Improved Airline by Skytrax, an independent global aviation industry monitor.
The airline has 11 codeshare partners including: Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, Korean Airlines, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Oman Air.


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.