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Etihad airways will resume passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia from September 11. Image Credit: Etihad Aiways

Dubai: Etihad airways will resume passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia from September 11.

Scheduled passenger flights will connect Abu Dhabi with Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh, an airline spokesperson said.

Passengers permitted entry into Saudi Arabia include nationals of Saudi Arabia, first degree family members, domestic workers, as well as Saudi resident visa holders and UAE nationals, subject to some conditions.

Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi from Saudi Arabia can enjoy quarantine-free travel as the Kingdom is on Abu Dhabi’s green list.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday allowed the resumption of direct passenger flights to and from the UAE, South Africa and Argentina.

On July 3, the Kingdom banned entry to its territories from several countries, including the UAE, due to concerns around COVID-19 variants.

Emirates resumes services to Saudi

Emirates airline will restart services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from September 11 and St Petersburg from October 8, 2021.

From Saturday, the Dubai-based carrier will begin operating 24 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia, including daily flights to the capital Riyadh, daily A380 flights to Jeddah, daily flights to Dammam and three weekly flights to Medina. Flights to Riyadh will increase to double daily from September 16.

"Plans are underway to boost frequencies across the other gateways by the end of September," said Emirates in a statement.

To Riyadh, Emirates will operate EK 2817 daily, departing Dubai at 1640hrs, landing in King Khalid International Airport at 1740hrs local time. EK 2818 leaves Riyadh at 2010hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2320hrs.


To Jeddah, Emirates will operate EK 2803 daily, departing Dubai at 1600hrs, landing in King Abdulaziz International Airport at 1800hrs local time. EK 2804 leaves Jeddah at 2000hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 0100hrs the next day.

To Dammam, Emirates will operate EK 2821 daily, leaving Dubai at 2050hrs, arriving at King Fahd International Airport at 2120hrs. EK 2822 leaves Dammam at 2245hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 0100hrs the next day.

To Medina, Emirates will operate EK 2809 three times weekly. The flight departs from Dubai at 1630hrs, arriving at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport at 1800hrs. EK 2810 leaves Medina at 2000hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2340hrs.

From October 8, flights between Dubai and St Petersburg will operate four times a week, and the airline will increase its services to daily flights from October 21. All flights will operate on the Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration. Emirates flight EK 173 and 174 will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while EK 175 and 176 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays.

EK 173 departs Dubai at 0910hrs, arriving at St Petersburg Pulkovo Airport at 1415hrs. EK 174 leaves St Petersburg at 1645hrs, arriving back in Dubai at 2345hrs local time. EK 175 takes off from Dubai at 1545hrs, arriving in St Petersburg at 2050hrs and EK176 leaves Pulkovo Airport at 2315hrs, landing in Dubai at 0615hrs the next day.