Dreaming of a holiday to The Red Sea? You can soon fly directly from Dubai

It marks the first direct international connection to The Red Sea destination…

Thinking of booking a dreamy getaway to Saudi Arabia’s emerging luxury destination, The Red Sea? Good news for Dubai travellers. You’ll soon be able to fly from Dubai to the Red Sea International Airport.

The inaugural flight, operated by flydubai, will begin on Thursday April 18. It will fly twice weekly between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Red Sea International Airport (RSI) on Thursdays and Sundays.


This marks the start of international flights to the region, which up until now has only had domestic routes run by Saudia. With the launch of flydubai, there will now be eight flights per week to RSI.

The low-cost carrier will only have one flight departing from DXB at 9am (UAE time) and arriving in RSI at 11.10am (local time), with the journey taking around three hours. Meanwhile, the return flight for DXB departs at 2pm (local time) every Sunday. Business Class fares start from AED10,386, and Economy Class Lite fares start at AED3,168.

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RSI was built to provide an easy route for guests travelling to The Red Sea. Currently, two luxury resorts are open: Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea, and St. Regis Red Sea Resort, which recently welcomed legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his family.

Three more resorts are on track to open this year, including Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – one of only seven worldwide – in the coming weeks. This will be followed by Shebara, featuring a remarkable array of overwater, stainless steel villas, and Desert Rock, a spectacular resort nestled between the mountains.

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Upon full completion in 2030, The Red Sea will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination also includes luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities.

“Situated within three hours flying time of 250 million people, RSI will serve one million guests a year at full capacity. Our inaugural flight just six months ago was the start of our journey towards reaching that goal, and this first international flight is a further step in making Saudi Arabia one of the top tourism destinations globally. We are looking forward to truly opening up to the world and welcoming visitors from the UAE, wider Middle East region and beyond,” said John Pagano, Group CEO at Red Sea Global.

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