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Saudi Arabia, a land of pilgrims and promise

Flights to Saudi Arabia transport you to a golden, ancient and dramatic Kingdom, crowned by dazzling megacities.

Fly to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and visit Mecca, the birthplace of Islam. This deeply spiritual city is home to the Masjid al-Haram mosque and the holy Kaaba Black Stone.

Non-Muslims may not enter or travel through Mecca, however there’s plenty more to explore in this incredible country.

Enjoy a traditional camel ride over the sand dunes or take in one of the exciting music festivals on the country’s packed calendar. Visit the lost city of Mada’in Saleh, or indulge in life’s luxuries in the shopping malls of Jeddah and the capital, Riyadh.

Jeddah’s coral buildings showcase the finest Red Sea architecture, while Riyadh’s spectacular skyline reflects its dynamic energy. Meanwhile, Medina is where you will find the striking green dome of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi – or Prophet’s Mosque.

Book Saudi Arabia flights with Etihad and travel to a country that’s rich in history and culture, while looking purposefully to the future.

What's the weather like in Saudi Arabia?

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Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with warm days and cool nights. Temperatures in the summer months can exceed 40°C on the hottest days. Rainfall is very low throughout the year.

The mountainous Asir region along the country’s west coast is the exception, often experiencing monsoon rains between October and March.

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mosque in jeddah by the coast

Jeddah (JED)

The port city of Jeddah is nicknamed the ‘Bride of the Red Sea’. This ancient city is thought to be the resting place of Eve, the mother of humanity. If you’re travelling for Hajj, Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport is the best destination for your flight to Saudi Arabia.

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kingdom centre at sunset in riyadh saudi arabia

Riyadh (RUH)

Where better to begin your Saudi adventure than in Riyadh, the iconic capital city? This desert metropolis is a sea of skyscrapers, supercars and shopping districts. See Masmak Fortress, visit King Abdullah Park or dine in a five-star rooftop restaurant.

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sunrise over boats on sea at dammam saudi arabia

Dammam (DMM)

Fly to Dammam for a perfect opportunity to enjoy the sunshine – the Arabian Gulf Coast is blessed with luxurious warmth. Stroll along the tree-lined Corniche walkway or take an excursion to Marjan Island, where you can have a picnic and children can enjoy the play areas.

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Reasons to visit Saudi Arabia

kaaba in sunshine in mecca saudi arabia

Spiritual awakenings from Mecca to Medina

Saudi Arabia is home to Mecca – the most important pilgrimage site in Islam. The fifth and final pillar of Islam, the Hajj is a rite of passage for Muslims around the world.

After completing the Hajj, many pilgrims choose to extend their stay in Saudi Arabia by visiting Medina. This beautiful city is home to Al-Masjid an-Nabawi mosque, which was built by the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and is his final resting place.

It’s important to note that only Muslims can enter Mecca and – at the time of writing – only the outer area of Medina may be accessed by non-Muslims.

sunrise over sea and fishing boats in dammam saudi arabia

Golden coastal escapes

If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, fly to Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast. More than 120 miles of coastline are being developed into luxury resorts, so there are some wonderful places to stay. This area is where to head for snorkelling at untouched coral reefs and mangroves, and to see exotic fish in their natural habitat.

Saudi Arabia has recently relaxed its dress requirements for female tourists to wear abayas. However, it is important that both men and women dress modestly in public, with women covering their shoulders and knees. Swimwear should only be worn at beaches or swimming pools.

Located on the Arabian Gulf, there are plenty of cultural exhibits in Dammam, including Stone Age finds at the Regional Museum. Try mouth-watering Saudi dishes such as Kabsa – hearty roasted chicken and rice, infused with saffron and black lime.

rock tombs from nabatean kingdom near al ula saudi arabia

Sand dunes and history

You might book flight tickets to Saudi Arabia for business, worship or a holiday – but it’s always worth venturing inland to discover the treasures of the Arabian Desert.

Take a unique look at early Middle Eastern settlements at Mada’in Saleh archaeological site and explore rock-carved settlements from the Nabataean Kingdom. Visit Jubbah Rock Carvings to see ancient animal carvings thought to have been made over 6,000 years ago. Then head to the nearby Hail Flea Market to discover rugs and rare vintage items.

Things to know before you fly to Saudi Arabia

holiday Public holidays

Saudi Arabia has several national holidays. The most important include Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. Saudi National Day is held on September 23 each year.

currency Local currency

The official currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi riyal (SAR), subdivided into 100 halala. You can exchange currency at the Kingdom’s banks, airports and some shopping centres. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

globe Language

The official language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic and the most commonly used is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

socket Plug outlet

The sockets and power plugs in Saudi Arabia are type A, B, C and G. The standard frequency is 60Hz and the voltage is 110V or 220V.

Flying to Saudi Arabia: FAQs

Where should I fly to in Saudi Arabia?

You have a number of airport options when you fly to Saudi Arabia. King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah is a great base for visiting Mecca. To visit the capital, opt for Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH). If you’re heading to Dammam, you will land at Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM).

How many days do you need to visit Saudi Arabia?

Around seven to 10 days should be enough to cover the main sights in Saudi Arabia, but you could easily spend two weeks or more exploring the country’s many attractions.

What food should I try in Saudi Arabia?

Kabsa, or majboos, is a famous dish to try in Saudi Arabia. This traditional mixed rice dish is flavoured with exotic spices and topped with chicken. The meat is often replaced by seafood in coastal destinations.

Why we love Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia is an incredibly diverse country to explore. As the birthplace of Islam it’s a special destination for people around the world, while at the same time combining ancient wonders with some truly spectacular, modern cities.”

Why fly to Saudi Arabia with Etihad?

Create your ideal journey with Etihad Airways for your flight to Saudi Arabia. First and Business guests can start their trip by relaxing in one of our luxurious airport lounges, helping you to arrive in Saudi Arabia feeling refreshed and ready to explore.

You’ll have a restful and rejuvenating flight in our cabins featuring reclining seats and fully adjustable headrests. Economy guests looking for additional space or extra legroom can choose from a number of upgrade options on many of our flights.

Every guest can enjoy a complimentary meal and beverage from our onboard menus. All of our dishes are prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients and include options inspired by your destination.

When it comes to inflight entertainment you’ll be spoilt for choice with a selection of the latest movie releases, hit TV shows and a wide variety of music available at your fingertips.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

Book the lowest airfare deals on flights to Saudi Arabia from AUD 2780

Adelaide (ADL) to Jeddah (JED)

Departure 3 Dec 2020,
Return 24 Feb 2021
from AUD2780*

Melbourne (MEL) to Riyadh (RUH)

Departure 1 Dec 2020,
Return 18 Feb 2021
from AUD2901*

Melbourne (MEL) to Jeddah (JED)

Departure 18 Nov 2020,
Return 18 Dec 2020
from AUD2920*

Brisbane (BNE) to Dammam (DMM)

Departure 8 Dec 2020,
Return 12 Jan 2021
from AUD3186*
*Round-trip fares recently viewed by others

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