Skyscanner’s tip and tricks for the Saudi traveler

Mauritius is one of the top destinations with the biggest drop in average flight prices over the last year.
Updated 21 January 2019

Skyscanner’s tip and tricks for the Saudi traveler

Travel search site and app Skyscanner has compiled data out of Saudi Arabia from the past year to list together the best tips and tricks that will help the Saudi traveler make smart choices in holiday bookings in 2019.

Fly on a Thursday 

Over the last year, Skyscanner flight data has shown that the cheapest day of the week to fly out of Saudi Arabia is a Thursday, with Saturday being the most expensive. Travelers could save on average 10 percent by switching from a Saturday departure day to a Thursday departure day. Skyscanner’s Month View search tool can help to find the cheapest flights for their destination.

Book flights on a Tuesday

Skyscanner data shows that Tuesdays tend to be the best day to jump online to book a cheap flight, whereas Wednesdays tend to be the most expensive day to book a flight. The jump between the two is not huge though — only 1.5 percent.

Avoid the rush

Friday Aug. 16 was the busiest day for outbound flights from Saudi Ara bia in 2018 and typically Friday is the busiest day for travel, whereas Monday is the quietest.

Best value destinations

Cairo and Istanbul led the way for most popular destinations from Saudi Arabia in 2018. The top destinations with the biggest drop in average flight prices over the last year include: Mauritius, Bucharest, Vancouver, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Goa, Ankara, Jizan, Bengaluru, Tbilisi and Varanasi.

Consider a nearby airport

Travelers from Saudi Arabia should also consider flying out of a different airport nearby to save money. Travelers just need to click on “add nearby airports” when creating a search on Skyscanner and see if a short drive, bus or train journey could save them money.

Tunisian pavilion at Souk Okaz depicts vibrant street life

Updated 17 August 2019

Tunisian pavilion at Souk Okaz depicts vibrant street life

Visitors to the Tunisian pavilion in the Arab Neighborhood at Souk Okaz can take a pleasant journey through its different sections, which creatively depict the daily pulse of life in the streets, landmarks and markets of Tunisia, welcoming people with a taste of its cuisine, its artworks and distinctive products. 

The Tunisian pavilion highlights the country’s architectural style, welcoming accents, fragrances and music. Visitors can look at and buy famous Tunisian carpets, derived from Berber heritage in various styles such as Margoum, Kilim, Zarbia and Bekhnouk. Visitors can also buy traditional footwear, made from a range of animal skins and embroidered with silk thread. 

The amber and perfume corner captures the eye and the nose, with delicate scents of musk, amber and aromatic oils, including radish oil, castor, ginger, black seed and flaxseed. Visitors can also see a range of carvings, including representations of the holy Kaaba, the Grand Mosque of Makkah, and Tunisian monuments and artworks. Visitors can also enjoy Tunisia’s popular cuisine, and experience its varied flavors, with dishes such as harissa, leblebi, fricassée and kafteji. 

The Arab Neighborhood is being hosted in Souk Okaz for the first time this year as part of Taif Season, which is running throughout August.

Taif Season, which started on Aug. 1, seeks to contribute to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy, which aims to improve quality of life, raise living standards, and create career and investment opportunities.

Events throughout the month cover trade markets and tourist and historical monuments to enhance Taif’s historic and tourist status as a summer destination for Arabs and to promote the Kingdom as an international destination.