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.


LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

Updated 13 August 2020

LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

  • The week-long event, in celebration of India’s Independence Day, features about 2,000 products

LuLu Hypermarkets is celebrating India’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug. 15, with an Indian-themed food festival across its stores in Saudi Arabia.

The week-long promotion, which continues until Aug. 18, features about 2,000 Indian products, including organic groceries, fresh foods, ethnic delicacies and desserts.

“We are trying to showcase the versatility and diversity of Indian food products handpicked by our well-spread supply chain in India and across the world,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia.

The proximity of India to the Kingdom means that more fresh products arrive regularly, he added, most of which are flown in to maintain their freshness “as we move closer to a farm-to-fork concept in (the Kingdom), featuring both locally and internationally sourced ranges.”

As Saudi Arabia gears up for the start of the new school term, LuLu has also launched its back-to-school promotions.