Middle East : Saudia Arabia : Riyadh : RUH


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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Avoid if possible

by drabwastrel (February, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Small, so it's easy to find your way around
Cons: Too many to list

While obviously not the worst airport in the world, I've been to 40 countries and can safely say this is one of the last airports I'd choose for an overnight layover if I could do it over again. My flights (from Dubai, and then to Washington in the morning, both on Saudia) left out of the same terminal. There's no guidance (signage or otherwise) as to where to go for transfers, so here's an easy guide: When deplaning, as soon as you see Customs to your left, that's your cue to go sraight down a dark-ish passage which soon leads to another little mini-security checkpoint. It may be unmanned, but wait there until someone OKs you to go through. Then you make a right, go up an escalator, and boom, you're back at departures. There are no gate numbers, but ask any Saudia agent and they can help tell you where your gate will be. Those of continued >>

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