Saudi Arabian Airlines reveals Formula E Gen2 car aircraft design

Updated 13 December 2018
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Saudi Arabian Airlines reveals Formula E Gen2 car aircraft design

RIYADH: Formula E has officially landed in Saudi Arabia as national flag carrier airline Saudia – the title sponsor of the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix – unveiled its dramatic new racing livery for the historic event on December 15.
The unique aircraft design signifies the airlines long-term partnership with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as the Official Title Sponsor of the upcoming race and official Airline Partner of the series, which begins this season with the sport’s debut in the Middle East at the stunning UNESCO heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.
The new livery was revealed to special guests and members of the media at an inaugural ceremony at the Private Aviation Terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Sunday December 2, and reflects the commitment the airline has made in supporting the all-electric series for the duration of its partnership.
The Boeing 777-300 aircraft with the new vibrant Saudia Ad-Diriyah E-Prix livery design, will fly across four continents across the carrier’s extensive route network of more than 90 destinations. Saudia currently flies a modern, mixed fleet of 155 narrow and widebody aircraft. The fleet is set to grow to more than 200 aircraft by the end of 2020.

For the first time the airline is able to bring international visitors to the event thanks to a new online visa system called Sharek — https://www.sharek.sa/formulae — which means ‘your ticket is your visa’ for tourists from around the world wanted to attend. So travelers from more than 50 nations around the world have been granted visas, with the UK and US leading the way.
The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is the center piece of a three-day festival of music, entertainment and cultural activities, the like of which has never been seen before.
On Thursday, November 27 it was announced that six international artists will be performing on stage at Ad Diriyah.
Two superstars will perform on December 13 (Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo), two on December 14 (The Black Eyed Peas and Amr Diab), with the final pair electrifying crowds after the Formula E race day on December 15 (OneRepublic and David Guetta). Access to the complimentary concerts is exclusive to Formula E ticket holders with December 13 and 14 starting from SAR295 for single day tickets, and December 15 starting from SAR395 for race day and concert access. Combined three-day tickets start from SAR950.
Tickets for the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix are available at www.ad-diriyah-eprix.com.


Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

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Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: The festivities at the Ad Diriyah E Prix event continued with the Family Zone, located at a park inside historical Ad Diriyah. Activities were many and varied, with both adults and children partaking in and enjoying the variety of activities on offer.

On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids. In the middle of the park was a maze, and a VR biking station where you could race your friends on a digital track.



Costumed performers also entertained guests and posed with them for selfies. There was also a photobooth where guests could take commemorative photos with event-related props.

At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display. There were also challenge games where prizes could be won, and a craft area where you could create your own Formula E inspired artworks.

Further on, in the Al Bujairi section, were a photography exhibit, an art exhibit, and live musical acts. The area was adorned with oversized racecar driver helmets, painted by local artists.