Emirates charters Umrah flight for UAE gov't employees

Boeing 777-300ER adorned with the Year of Zayed livery, carries 428 passengers to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah
Emirates charters Umrah flight for UAE gov't employees
The charter was under the directive of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 28 Dec 2018 01:10 AM

Emirates has exclusively chartered an aircraft for UAE government employees to travel to Jeddah, to perform Umrah in the holy city of Makkah.

The charter was under the directive of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Emirates flight EK 2819, a Boeing 777-300ER adorned with the special Year of Zayed livery, carried a full flight of 428 passengers to King Abdulaziz International Airport on Thursday.

Emirates flight EK2822 is scheduled to return to Dubai on Saturday.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates chairman, said: "It is a great privilege to provide UAE government employees the opportunity to travel and perform Umrah this year.

"It’s a fitting way to conclude the Year of Zayed and welcome Year of Tolerence, as we continue to spread the inspirational messages and values of the founding father of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed. We wish the pilgrims a blessed journey and safe return home.”

Emirates currently serves Saudi Arabia with 91 weekly flights to four gateways including four daily flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam as well as a daily flight to Madinah.

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