Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and attracts many visitors. Business travelers come because of the financial centers and the oil industry, but many others come to Dubai for the fun and adventure the city offers. Sometimes called ‘the “Shopping Capital of the Middle East,” treats for shoppers include the world’s largest mall – the Dubai Mall - as well as traditional souk districts. Dubai is well known for its dramatic architecture, with the skyline dominated by the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made structure. There are also several beaches in Dubai, ideal for relaxing and water sports.
Flying to Dubai
1. Which airports serve Riyadh to Dubai?
King Khalid International Airport is the main airport serving Riyadh. It is a large airport with five terminals and excellent parking facilities for those driving there. A metro service runs to Terminal 5, but for other terminals, it may be more convenient to take a taxi. Dawadmi Domestic Airport is farther from central Riyadh and only handles domestic flights.
Dubai has two airports, but the flight to Dubai from Riyadh will probably arrive at Dubai International Airport, just 5km from Dubai center. The Dubai metro or a bus can take you on to your accommodations. Most of the major car rental companies have a desk at the airport should you wish to hire a car. Al Maktoum International is Dubai’s second airport and is farther away at 37km from the city center.
2. Which airlines operate flights from Riyadh to Dubai
There are frequent direct flights from Riyadh to Dubai each day by several airlines, including Emirates, Saudia, flynas, Saudi Gulf and flydubai. Gulf Air and Kuwait Airways offer connecting flights.
3. How long is the flight?
The flight to Dubai from Riyadh takes about two hours. Dubai is one hour ahead of Riyadh, so your body clock only needs minimal adjustment.
4. Climate changes between Riyadh and Dubai
Both Riyadh and Dubai have very little rainfall throughout the year. Temperatures are similar for much of the year, although Riyadh has a cooler spell in December and January while Dubai remains hot.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
The currency in Dubai is the UAE dirham. You can easily exchange money at the airport or at shopping malls.
If you have a Saudi Arabian passport, you do not need a visa to travel to Dubai. For other nationalities, the policy varies. Many nationalities can get a visa upon arrival, while others need to apply before traveling.
While both are modern-looking, Middle East cities, Riyadh is located inland and has few tourists, giving it a very different feel from Dubai. Spending at least some time at the beach in Dubai is likely to be on many travelers’ lists. On the coast, you will find man-made islands forming luxurious beach resorts. There is plenty for families to do, including theme parks, such as LEGOLAND and Motiongate Dubai. For stunning views, head to the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa, or go even higher for a meal at the Top Sky Lounge. If you don’t fancy heading up so high, admire the dramatic water fountain displays at its base.
Where To Buy Cheap Flights from Riyadh to Dubai?
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How far in advance should I book tickets from Riyadh to Dubai?
The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Riyadh to Dubai.
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Compare Flight Prices from Riyadh to Dubai by Month
Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Riyadh to Dubai flights.
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Cheap Last Minute Flights from Riyadh to Dubai
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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Riyadh to Dubai
Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.
The average price for connecting flights from Riyadh to Dubai is SAR1,234.
The average price for direct flights from Riyadh to Dubai is SAR1,110.
The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Riyadh to Dubai.
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One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Riyadh to Dubai
We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Riyadh to Dubai. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.
The average price for one way flights from Riyadh to Dubai is SAR578.
The average price for round trip flights from Riyadh to Dubai is SAR1,084.
Riyadh to Dubai Flight Questions
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Riyadh to Dubai Airports
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