Cebu Pacific starts Riyadh-Manila direct flight

Updated 02 October 2014

Cebu Pacific starts Riyadh-Manila direct flight

Here's good news for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Saudi capital who have always longed to fly home in a Philippine airline.
Cebu Pacific, a Gokongwei-led budget airline, mounted its maiden flight to the Saudi capital starting on Wednesday. “Cebu Pacific will keep flying to where the Filipinos are,”
said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific's general manager for its long-haul division.

He added that as “Cebu Pacific expands its operations in the Middle East, we are proud to offer even more Filipinos in the Kingdom the fastest, mot affordable way to come home.” In a statement, the airline said that its thrice a week, non-stop flight departs Manila at 5:05 a.m. and arrives
in Riyadh at 11:35 p.m. (Riyadh time) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights from Riyadh depart at 12:45 a.m. (Riyadh time) and arrive in Manila at 3:40 p.m. every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
The airline's Manila-Riyadh service uses a brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Cebu Pacific is in addition to Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Saudi Airlines (Saudia) with Riyadh-Manila direct flights.

Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

Updated 17 July 2019

Saudi minister of culture welcomes task of organizing Janadriyah festival

  • The Ministry of National Guard was previously responsible for organizing the annual cultural event
  • On Tuesday, the Cabinet decided to assign the responsibility to the Ministry of Culture

JEDDAH: Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan on Tuesday welcomed the Cabinet decision to give his ministry the responsibility of organizing the annual Janadriyah Festival.

Before this decision, the Ministry of National Guard was responsible for the organization of this annual cultural event.

The culture minister thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the continuous support extended to the cultural sector. He said the ministry will work to make the Janadriyah Festival an even bigger and distinguished event.

The festival offers an opportunity for visitors to take a glimpse of Saudi Arabia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. It captures the great history and heroism of the Saudi people since the unification of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud.

The event starts with a grand annual camel race, with speeches and national performances to be held in the evening, during which prominent personalities of the Saudi society are honored in recognition of their contributions, achievements and services for their nation in several fields.