Saudia adds flights from Riyadh to Al-Ula

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Saudia Airlines has added two new flights between the capital Riyadh and Al-Ula to meet the growing demand for travel to historic governorate. (Supplied)
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Saudia Airlines has added two new flights between the capital Riyadh and Al-Ula to meet the growing demand for travel to historic governorate. (Supplied)
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Saudia Airlines has added two new flights between the capital Riyadh and Al-Ula to meet the growing demand for travel to historic governorate. (Supplied)
Updated 16 May 2019

Saudia adds flights from Riyadh to Al-Ula

JEDDAH: Saudia Airlines has added two new flights between the capital Riyadh and Al-Ula to meet the growing demand for travel to historic governorate.
Al-Ula is witnessing rapid growth as a tourist destination and a cultural and heritage site that attracts a large number of tourists both inside and outside the Kingdom. 
The new flights are scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday. The flight departs King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh at 7 a.m. and arrives at Prince Abdul Majid Airport at 8.45 a.m. Departure flights leave at 9.25 a.m. and arrive in Riyadh at 10.55 a.m.
Saudia already runs a number of flights from Riyadh to Al-Ula and from Jeddah to Al-Ula.
The Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU) welcomed the additional flights.
“RCU is committed to making Al-Ula more accessible, and these new flights represent another important step toward achieving our vision to share this special place of heritage with the world,” the commission said.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.