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In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Over 63 Saudi nationals are employed across the Emirates Group

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates Airline is celebrating a milestone in its operations to Saudi Arabia, marking 30 years of service to Riyadh. The Dubai carrier currently offers 81 weekly nonstop flights from four Saudi Arabian airports to Dubai: Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Medina Al Munawarah (photos courtesy of Emirates Airline)

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

 Since the first Emirates flight between Riyadh and Dubai in February 1990, the airline has carried over eight million passengers on the route, demonstrating the strong links between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Riyadh is one of Emirates’ key gateways in Saudi Arabia. The route began with two services a week utilising a Boeing 727 aircraft, and in 1997, the service was upgraded to the larger Boeing 777.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

In 2009, the service became daily due to high demand. Demand progressively grew and in 2011, the daily service was upgraded to twice daily, in 2012 to three daily and in 2013 to four daily services.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates currently serves one of its daily flights to Riyadh with its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer' First Class suites and another daily flight with its flagship A380

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates SkyCargo has also played an important role in connecting KSA to the world. In the past five years, Emirates’ flights to and from Riyadh carried over 138,000 tonnes of cargo. Currently, major cargo imports and exports include general cargo, chilled meat, electronic equipment and personal effects.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates’ popular loyalty programme, Emirates Skywards, brings its 574,000 Saudi members value, choice and flexibility, and the programme continues to expand in the Kingdom as passenger demand increases. Saudi travellers frequenting Dubai can accrue more Miles by downloading and using Skywards Everyday, a location based app.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates Airline is celebrating a milestone in its operations to Saudi Arabia, marking 30 years of service to Riyadh. The Dubai carrier currently offers 81 weekly nonstop flights from four Saudi Arabian airports to Dubai: Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Medina Al Munawarah

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Emirates currently serves one of its daily flights to Riyadh with its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer' First Class suites and another daily flight with its flagship A380.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Passengers on all Emirates flights can enjoy multi award-winning ‘ice’ with up to 4,500 channels of movies, TV programmes, music and podcasts, including over 300 channels of Arabic entertainment.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Over 63 Saudi Arabian nationals are employed across the Emirates Group. The airline currently offers 81 weekly nonstop flights from four Saudi Arabian airports to Dubai: Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Medina Al Munawarah.

In pictures: Dubai's Emirates celebrates 30 years of service in Riyadh

Onboard, Emirates passengers can experience its renowned in-flight service from multi-national cabin crew. The airline provides its customers with a host of culinary offerings prepared by gourmet chefs, including popular Gulf dishes.