Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Emirates Adds Flights for Umrah

DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st September 2008 – This month, Emirates Airline will operate 47 extra flights from Dubai to Jeddah, in a move aimed at facilitating travel for the millions of pilgrims visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Holy month of Ramadan.

These additional services, starting from today until 15th October, can be accessed by travellers holding a valid Umrah visa. Those wishing to travel to the kingdom for reasons others than Umrah can fly on any of Emirates’ regular, scheduled flights that operate 17 times a week from Dubai to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

These extra flights will depart Dubai at 0900hrs and 1245hrs local time, providing Umrah passengers with more flexibility, and ensuring convenient connections for pilgrims arriving from around Emirates' global network, especially from the Indian sub-continent, and the Far East.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “The Umrah is a unique spiritual experience for Muslims, and Emirates is glad to be able to facilitate travel arrangements for scores of pilgrims during their special journey, through services in the air and on the ground. Emirates would like to thank the government and authorities in Saudi Arabia for granting it the permission to introduce extra frequencies for Umrah pilgrims."

UAE-based travellers can call (04) 214 4444 or email at to receive information on flights, book their travel, request special services, or make changes to their travel itineraries. Alternatively, bookings can also be made through preferred travel agents.

Likewise, the hotline number 800-8-971-487 will operate round the clock and is toll-free to Emirates passengers calling from Jeddah, Makkah and Medinah.

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