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.


5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

Updated 17 September 2020

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, announced the launch of registration for the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition under the slogan “Innovate, Inspire, Connect.” A fully digital version that simulates a real event, this year’s competition is held in challenging atmospheres in light of the global health crisis, and the competition’s commitment to continue supporting entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to overcome the current challenges, and promoting innovation processes in the Kingdom.

Registration for the 5th edition opened on Sept. 15 through the competition website, and will continue until Dec. 10. Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs of all ages and economic sectors can apply to participate within one of the three contest tracks: Ideas track, startups track, and the social enterprises track, according to the terms of the competition.

Hassan Jameel, president Saudi Arabia, Community Jameel, said: “The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition continues to be a hugely significant annual event, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs from across the Kingdom. Given the current global challenges, our mission to support young Saudi talent and to help small businesses develop, is now more important than ever. I would strongly encourage entrepreneurs from all sectors to register for what promises to be another outstanding event.”

Since its launch in 2015, the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has succeeded in attracting more than 7,500 participants from all over the Kingdom, establishing more than 45 startup projects, training more than 260 entrepreneurs and creating more than 110 job opportunities through the startups. The winners received a total of SR1.6 million ($426,500) in the form of free investments. In the Startup Investment Forum, which was held during the 4th edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition over a period of three days, the event hosted 65 innovative startups from around the world, including the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, in addition to 27 innovative startups participating in the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition 2019-2020.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, a branch of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. The competition aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in Saudi Arabia by supporting and celebrating all startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.