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Saudia Installing Flat Beds In A320 Business Class

Overall we're seeing airlines constantly upping their game when it comes to premium cabin hard products. One area in which we've seen this trend lately is with narrowbody aircraft, which is a trend I love. This will become increasingly common over time,…

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I’m Going To Saudi Arabia… I Think?

Saudi Arabia was supposed to start issuing tourist visas as of April 1, 2018, in an attempt to boost their non-religious tourism. However, for whatever reason there have been delays in implementing this, and more than six months later they're still not…

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Dubai Water Salute

Video: Dubai Airport Water Salute Goes VERY Wrong

It's pretty common to see special flights get water salutes. This can be done for many reasons -- to celebrate a new route, to honor military members, to commemorate a pilot's retirement, etc. Well, to celebrate the 88th birthday of Saudi Arabia, Dubai…

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A Cool Workaround To Get A Visa To Visit Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia most definitely isn't near the top of most peoples' list of places to visit, though it's near the top of mine. I love traveling to places that I’m fascinated by, rather than places that I’ve heard are awesome, or that are popular with tourists.…

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Saudia Suspends Canadian Flights Following Diplomatic Spat

Well that escalated very quickly... Canada and Saudi Arabia have gotten into a diplomatic spat. Last week Canada expressed concern about new arrests that have taken place in Saudi Arabia, targeted at women's rights activists. Canada urged the immediate…

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An Update On Saudi Arabia’s New Tourist Visas

Call me crazy, but when I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought to myself is "it's April 1... has Saudi Arabia starting issuing tourist visas yet?!" No, that's not an April Fools' joke. Several months ago Saudi Arabia revealed that for the…

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Saudi Arabia Will Begin Issuing Tourist Visas Next Month

Late last year I wrote about how Saudi Arabia announced that they'd begin issuing tourist visas in 2018. I figured that might have been an optimistic timeline, especially given what has been going on there politically lately, but it looks like it's happening.…

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Saudia Lounge Riyadh Airport – 46

Saudi Arabia To Start Issuing Tourist Visas In 2018

I've flown through Saudi Arabia several times now, and it's a country I'd be fascinated to actually visit. Up until now they haven't really issued traditional tourist visas. While millions of people travel to Saudi Arabia every year to visit Mecca, for…

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Review: Saudia First Suite 777 Riyadh To Los Angeles

I boarded through door L1, where I was greeted by Ayman, the friendly cabin manager. He pointed me towards seat 3L, the window seat in the last row of the cabin on the right. While walking to my seat I noticed that seat 2H was broken. On my last flight…

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Review: Saudia Business Class Lounge Riyadh Airport

We arrived in Riyadh at around 7PM, while our flight to Los Angeles was around 1:30AM, meaning we had about a six hour layover. In June I reviewed Saudia's first class lounge at Riyadh Airport, so I won't be reviewing that again. Instead I'll be reviewing…

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Review: Saudia First Suite 777 Dubai To Riyadh

We spent a couple of nights in Dubai at the Park Hyatt, which I won't be reviewing this time around, since I've reviewed it before, and not much has changed. Our flight from Dubai to Riyadh was departing at 6:15PM, so we got to the airport plenty early,…

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Hotel Uzbekistan

Introduction: One “Stan” At A Time

Welcome to my next trip report, covering flights in Uzbekistan Airways business class, Somon Air business class, and Saudia first class, as well as stays at a couple of Hyatt hotels. My good friend Matthew (from Live and Let's Fly) and I have a shared…

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Saudia Chef

The Best Onboard Chef I’ve Ever Had

I've written in the past about how some airlines have onboard chefs, and what they actually do. In theory the concept of an onboard chef is awesome -- no, they won't be cooking with open flames onboard, but they should have the ability to customize your…

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Lounge Access & Polygamy — This Is Complicated

Earlier I was flying out of Dubai Airport and using the SkyTeam Lounge, when I witnessed something for the first time (at least knowingly). A guy was entering the lounge and tried to get access for his family as well. Based on that I would assume he…

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Did You Know That Saudia Has A Dress Code?

Earlier a Twitter user made me aware of the following: I've flown Saudia before, in both first class and business class, and had very different experiences. However, I wasn't aware that they formally had a dress code, though I guess it doesn't come as…

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The US Electronics Ban Is Now Completely Over

Today Saudia announced that they're no longer subjected to the US electronics ban, meaning that you can once again take electronic devices larger than smartphones into the cabins of their US-bound flights. Saudia was the last of nine airlines to be subjected…

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