SCAT Airlines launches direct flights to Jeddah & Madinah

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Updated 22 December 2019

SCAT Airlines launches direct flights to Jeddah & Madinah

From Dec. 1, SCAT Airlines, an air carrier transporting Kazakhstan passengers to the neighboring countries and beyond for 22 years, started operating flights on the routes Almaty-Jeddah (on Wednesdays) and Almaty-Madinah (on Saturdays) on Boeing-757 aircraft. The flight, taking approximately five hours travel time, will leave every Saturday and Wednesday from the Kazakh capital.

The launch of the new direct flights to Jeddah and Madinah — both popular destinations from Kazakhstan — will expand the relations between the two countries, according to the airline. 

“The new route will allow individuals of religious and business communities, in addition to tourist groups to arrange for trips with the most convenient schedule, saving time as well,” it said. 

“I want to congratulate all of you on the launch of SCAT’s direct flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will contribute to the intensive growth of all areas of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan,” said Khamzin Daulet, director of ground handling at JSC SCAT Airlines. 

He added: “The introduction of the new routes to Jeddah and Madinah demonstrates our commitment to the Saudi market, and increases the demand for this important country. This has been boosted by the warm relations enjoyed by Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia, and by the easing of visa regulations for tourists seeking to visit the Kingdom. We are glad to connect Kazakh to such an important hub, contributing to the growth of religious and leisure tourism via an enhanced mobility.”

Saudi Arabia represents an essential market on SCAT’s global network, and the new route delivers yet more attractive timings to both religious and leisure travelers targeting Jeddah and Madinah, and offers more options for travelers connecting through Saudi Arabia on board SCAT’s worldwide network.

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Updated 19 January 2020

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Atyaf Mall, in partnership with Majid Al-Futtaim’s Vox Cinemas, launched a cinema facility of 11 screens and 650-seating capacity. The eighth branch of Vox Cinemas in Saudi Arabia was inaugurated by Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country manager of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rowaished, CEO of Hewar Al-Rabie Company. 

The new cinema facility features seven standard cinemas, two VIP provisions, and two kids’ movie houses. Apart from refreshment counter favorites like popcorn, snacks and beverages, Vox Cinemas in Atyaf Mall offers a Nutella Bar, and Kitchen 35, a bakeshop with artisan breads and pastries and fresh juices in one entertainment venue. 

Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We are proud to launch another entertainment venue for our dynamic customer base who considers Atyaf Mall as its home for lifestyle needs. We extend our biggest gratitude to our partners from Majid Al-Futtaim in making this project possible with innovative and customer-focused experiences and offerings on hand.”

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, Atyaf Mall houses conducive places for shopping, dining and leisure, along with a lineup of global brands, and a 220,000-square-foot LuLu hypermarket. From Matalan to H&M, Saco, and Red Tag, the fashion collection is expected to highlight the latest clothing lines and footwear pieces every season, alongside a food court and seven new restaurants that will soon showcase global flavors. 

“With these new concepts introduced in the mall, Atyaf Mall will continue to satisfy the evolving and adventurous lifestyle demands of the new age of Riyadh’s growing market,” Mohammed added.