emirates-logoEmirates will operate nearly 60 extra flights to assist pilgrims travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Holy month of Ramadan.

An additional 42 services will operate to Jeddah from 5th July to 16th August. An extra 17 flights will operate to Medina from 16th to 31st July.

The extra flights can be accessed by travellers holding a valid Umrah visa. Those wishing to travel to the KSA for reasons others than Umrah can fly on any of Emirates’ regular, scheduled flights operating from Dubai to Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Medina.

The additional flights to Jeddah leave Dubai at 1025hrs and 2100hrs on varying days during the five week period. The extra flights to Medina depart Dubai at either 1025hrs or 2100hrs, depending on the day.

“Umrah is a unique spiritual experience for Muslims, and Emirates is glad to be able to facilitate travel arrangements for pilgrims during their special journey, through our award winning services in the air and on the ground, said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran. “Emirates would like to thank the government and authorities in Saudi Arabia for granting us permission to introduce extra frequencies for Umrah pilgrims.”

UAE-based travellers can call (04) 214 4444 or email at hajandumrah@emirates.com 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 within the KSA.