Emirates is celebrating its 25th anniversary to Dammam. Originally operating two flights a week, Emirates now flies four times daily between Dammam and Emirates’ hub in Dubai. Since the start of the Dammam service in 1993, the airline has carried more than 3.8 million passengers.

Adil Al-Ghaith, senior vice president, Gulf Middle East and Iran for Emirates, said: “We are embarking on a real milestone as we celebrate 25 years of service to Dammam. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a major market for Emirates and we take great pride in the role we play in providing global connectivity both for business and leisure passengers in Dammam and in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. We remain committed to this market and look forward to continue working closely with our industry partners in the Kingdom to provide the best possible services to our customers.”

The Emirates team in Dammam has grown to over 14 employees, while over 66 Saudi nationals are employed across the group.

Emirates SkyCargo has carried almost 96,000 tons of cargo to and from Dammam and the Eastern Province in the last five years, carrying goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, machinery and equipment.

The airline plays an important role in fueling trade between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, currently estimated at $19.5 billion in 2016, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy. Emirates’ popular loyalty program, Emirates Skywards, focuses on bringing its Saudi members value, choice and flexibility. Today, more than 440,000 Saudi nationals and residents are enrolled in the program, benefitting from rewards flights, hotel stays as well as retail and lifestyle experiences supported by the airline.

Emirates serves 48 international destinations with the world’s largest passenger jet aircraft, the Emirates A380.

In February 2010, Emirates became the first foreign carrier to offer a scheduled A380 service to Saudi Arabia, deploying its flagship double-decker to Jeddah.


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