World-first ‘Museum in the Sky’ flight by SAUDIA

World-first ‘Museum in the Sky’ flight by SAUDIA

AlUla welcomes guests on the world’s first ‘Museum in the Sky’ flight by SAUDIA. Visitors are invited to book a unique inflight experience on November 4th as SAUDIA and AlUla highlight arguably the world’s biggest archaeological program

Riyad: The world’s first “Museum in the Sky” is a joint collaboration between AlUla and SAUDIA Airlines, to highlight the significance of AlUla as a living museum, with only a small fraction of archaeological sites identified currently being investigated.

The flight will take off from Riyadh to AlUla on the 4th of November 2021. Onboard the flying museum, a replica collection of artifacts discovered in AlUla during excavations by archaeologists reveals some of the mysteries of AlUla’s ancient civilizations.

SAUDIA is also using the opportunity to launch their new In-Flight Entertainment System (IFE), Discover Saudi Arabia, on which passengers will be encouraged to watch the Discovery Channel documentary movie – Architects of Ancient Arabia – a 2021 release full-length documentary movie produced by PowderHouse revealing that some of human civilization’s first building blocks were set in place in AlUla.

An introduction to the documentary will be provided by Archaeologist, Dr. Rebecca Foote, the Director of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research at The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU). As well as introducing the documentary that she appears in, Rebecca will offer an explanation about the artifact museum pieces and passengers will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Dr. Rebecca Foote said: “There is an extraordinary volume of work ongoing in AlUla by both local and international archaeological teams, and yet we are only just beginning to understand the complexity of AlUla’s past. AlUla is a true hidden gem in the Arabian Peninsula, and we are slowly revealing its secrets. I am looking forward to sharing more about our work with the passengers onboard SAUDIA’s Museum in the Sky.”

From SAUDIA Group, Khaled Tash, Vice President of Corporate Communication said: “As the national flag carrier and Wings of Vision 2030, it is a privilege to showcase heritage sites and hidden gems of the Kingdom. We have created a dedicated channel in our In-Flight Entertainment System to do just that and to display this beautifully produced documentary by the Discovery Channel.

Broadening our partnership with the Royal Commission for AlUla, we are creating a ‘Museum in the Sky’ experience to AlUla that brings its rich heritage to life onboard SAUDIA. We are eager to promote AlUla globally as an unmissable tourist destination and bring the world to AlUla.”

Guests on the Museum in the Sky will have the opportunity to book some of the first tickets to the new Hegra After Dark experience. This new progressive evening event in the World Heritage Site welcomes guests to enjoy the silence and have a taste of AlUla with light refreshments served in a candlelit setting, enjoy the popular living immersion theatre performance, Queen Shuqailath, and end with a stargazing experience surrounded by the stunning Nabataean works of art.   

Guests from all over the world can book special rate packages in AlUla that include flights, accommodations, and activities through

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