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Al-Ula Airport: Gateway to an ancient kingdom

مطار العلا بوابة العالم إلى حضارة مملكة دادان القديمة

06 MAR 2021

Source: Khuloud Al-Saleh

Visitors looking to pay a visit to the historically-rich Al-Ula have several transport options, typically road. However, the region can also be accessed by plane thanks to the presence of Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport, located 25 kilometers southeast of the city. It has become a gateway for the world to visit one of Saudi Arabia’s key historical treasures built by the ancient Kingdom of Dadan and which has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Establishment

This airport was established in 2011 and received its first plane from Riyadh and it now can recieve international flights too. It is the closest airport to the pre-Islamic site of Mada'in Saleh and Al-Ula Heritage Village. This modern hub is the first in Saudi Arabia specifically designed to serve people coming from around the world to the region for a visit.

Design

The airport was designed to reflect the surrounding environment and receives 400,000 passengers annually. An executive lounge was built in it recently to receive leaders from Gulf countries. The number of entry and exit lanes have also been increased and equipped with the latest guidance systems.

Airport facilities

The airport offers many facilities, including telecommunication services, VIP lounges, tourism services, hotel inquiries, gift and dining services, banking, transportation, luggage packaging and car parking.