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Emirates Boosts Traveler Experience with New Lounge in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Travel And Tour World

Binoy Mehera

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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Emirates has inaugurated its first-ever lounge in the region at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This new, dedicated lounge will serve customers flying on Emirates’ triple daily A380 services.

The lounge represents a substantial investment of AED 20 million (USD $5.4 million) and spans 900 square meters in the airport’s newly opened Terminal 1. It caters to First and Business class passengers, as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members, with a seating capacity for over 190 guests at any given time, offering a variety of seating options.

This investment underscores Emirates’ commitment to expanding its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aligning with the aviation objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. It also highlights the airline’s dedication to providing a premium and welcoming experience on the ground for its customers flying from one of its most significant global markets. Additionally, this year marks a notable milestone for Emirates, celebrating 35 years of service to Jeddah.

The official opening ceremony was graced by several distinguished guests, including His Excellency Nasser Huwaiden Al Ketbi, Consul General of UAE in Jeddah; His Excellency Engr. Raed bin Ibrahim Al-Mudaiheem, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jeddah Airports Company (JEDCO); Mohammed Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services at Emirates; Eng. Mazen Johar, CEO of JEDCO; Sami Aqil Abdulla, Senior Vice President Airport Services for Outstations and Business Support; Jabr Al-Azeeby, Vice President Commercial Operations for Emirates in Saudi Arabia; and Amer Al Arai, Airport Services Manager for Emirates at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Mohammed Mattar commented, “Jeddah was our first gateway into the Kingdom 35 years ago, so it’s fitting that the King Abdulaziz International Airport, a world-class facility is the first airport in the region outside of Dubai to feature an Emirates dedicated lounge. The lounge, comfortably situated at the centre of Terminal 1, is beautifully designed to deliver an industry-leading experience and Emirates’ signature hospitality for our customers from the moment they step inside. We thank the airport authorities for their support in helping us open our doors to officially welcome customers and provide them with a memorable travel experience on the ground.”

Eng. Mazen Johar said, “The launch of Emirates lounge at King Abdulaziz International Airport reflects the 35-year-long strategic relationship of providing multiple travel options to passengers through the airline’s three daily flights. The lounge is a significant addition to the airport’s services and supports the comprehensive development efforts at the airport, aimed at providing an enjoyable and seamless travel experience for passengers from all over the world.”

Emirates has unveiled its newly designed lounge at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, featuring a blend of contemporary and regional design influences. This welcoming space offers diverse seating configurations, including areas for dining, lounging, and quiet relaxation. Guests can enjoy a wide range of dining options, luxurious shower facilities, a prayer room, and other premium amenities.

The buffet boasts an array of Middle Eastern, local, and international delicacies such as Lamb Kabsa, Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini, Moroccan Lemon Chicken, Prawn Machbous, Saint Sebastian Cheesecake, and Tiramisu cake, among many other exquisite offerings.

Strategically located on the third floor of Terminal 1’s Departure area, the lounge is just a 10-minute walk from the terminal entrance and a 3-5-minute walk to boarding gates A28B and A38B, where Emirates’ three daily flights are stationed.

Besides the new lounge at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Emirates operates seven lounges across the three concourses at DXB and 32 other lounges throughout its network.

Emirates has been a significant facilitator of tourism and trade in Saudi Arabia since 1989, currently serving four gateways—Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, and Dammam—with more than 70 weekly flights, including triple daily flights to Jeddah using its flagship Airbus A380s. Since the start of its operations, Emirates has transported nearly 30.7 million passengers to and from the Kingdom on over 112,000 flights, connecting travelers to an extensive global network that includes popular destinations such as Dubai, London, Istanbul, Paris, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, the United States, and Indian Ocean islands like the Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

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