Middle East : Saudia Arabia : Riyadh : RUH


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Review of Riyadh Airport

by web-administrator (October, 2014)


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(email submission) Passengers waiting in the departure areas, are advised to take the escalators to the upper 'smokers' level immediately after clearing passport control (look to your left, the escalators are at an awkward angle and very easy to miss). This upper level overlooks the departures area, there are very few people there, and they have several large couches (with no handles separating the seats) allowing you to nap for a while; you can also sit or lie down on the carpet. Very few people there, and you can get some much needed rest. Happy journeys!

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Riyadh Airport

by web-administrator (September, 2014)


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(GUEST) When you arrived in the airport earlier (about 3 or four hours before your check in counter open)airport security will kick you out. they will said that it will cause backlog inside, seats are for women only and take note the temperature during summer its about 35-40 degree. So hell experience to the airport police.

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Difficult airport

by anon_fr (December, 2013)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Cheap flights
Cons: Disorganized, dull, 'worst' toilets, you-are-on-your-own!


Being an aviation enthusiast, scanning a lot of forums before buying the ticket, I got scared of a transit at this airport due to (a) strict 'sharia' rules of the country (b) 'exceptionally' cheap flight of national airlines ; hence, a logical expectation of a cheap service (c) the color of my skin (no offense; i am not judgmental and let me explain it in the review). As they say, you get what you pay for. Hence, the airport is not a treat but if you are in for an adventure and to save your money - IMHO, it is manageable. The first problem at airport is extreme mismanagement and disorganization. Arriving for transit, there were no signs for that, and no airline/information staff. I did ask a security staff who pointed it out and then a long queue formed behind me till someone could come and check our bags in X-Ray (though once the continued >>

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Sorry Saudia - Never Again

by TheLastBaron (July, 2013)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Clean
Cons: Construction everywhere, noisy, crowded, no hotel, uncomfortable


After having visited the local Saudi embassy to get a 'tourist' visa to be allowed into the Kingdom for a night in a decent hotel due to my 14 hour layover on a KWI-RUH-IAD flight on the nation's flag carrier, Saudia, and arriving only to discover the embassy had just given me a 'transit visa' instead, I was forced to deal with this airport. Visually not unappealing, but woefully inadequate if the flag carrier wants to increase business by continuing to offer great fares that all come with inanely long layovers. The airport is full of travelers taking advantage of Saudia's low fares and so crowded that in many areas there is nowhere to sit, lie or sleep. The ongoing constructions (mainly new business lounges, of course) and the lack of any on-grounds hotel or even quiet lounges like in Dubai make RUH worse. The toilets are wet, as is usua continued >>

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Memorable Transit Experience

by poornaann (June, 2013)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Very helpful, courteous, well organized
Cons: Lunch arrived late, toilets are smelly


Having read various reviews, my husband and I were regretting passing through Riyadh, we had a stopover of 16 hours before reaching New York. But, this turned to delight. Soon as we landed in Riyadh and mentioned the word 'Transit' we were escorted to a counter where all transit passengers from our flight were issued boarding passes. Then, we were escorted to an upper floor having departure gates. We were informed that lunch will be provided at 3 pm, dinner at 9 pm. I was wearing loose cotton pants and a cotton shirt, my head uncovered. No questions asked, no funny stares. Struggling to connect my IPad with free internet provided by KKIA, my husband approached Captain Mubarak, a policeman. He took us straight to a coffee shop, purchased for us a 1 hour voucher for 10 Saudi riyals. He refused to accept cash from us. Later, when we approach continued >>

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