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Alcohol served on flights to/from Riyadh?

Old Jan 11, 2010, 3:03 pm
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Question Alcohol served on flights to/from Riyadh?

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I'm flying BMI LHR-RUH then Emirates RUH-DXB.
Anyone know if alcoholic beverages are served on board either of these routes?
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 9:14 pm
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I believe they both do.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 1:31 pm
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Yes ,except in Saudi airspace.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 1:33 pm
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Yes on BD,and watch the bar drain in seconds!

Not sure EK will as the flight is almost totally in Saudi airspace.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 1:37 pm
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QR serves alcohol over Saudi Airspace.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 3:35 pm
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Yes in flight. No for pre-departure drinks when departing from RUH.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 4:01 pm
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Smile Thanks!

Many thanks to all for prompt and helpful replies. I look forward to my non Saudi airspace beer!
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Rambuster
QR serves alcohol over Saudi Airspace.
When departing from Saudi Arabia?

I've always heard the rule that flights into Saudi Arabia need to lock up the alcohol once they cross into Saudi airspace, and that flights leaving Saudi Arabia can break out the drinks once they have left Saudi airspace. No restrictions for flights merely overflying Saudi airspace enroute between two destinations outside Saudi Arabia.

But I have not been to the Magic Kingdom myself, so I have no firsthand experiences to go on.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:05 am
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On my frequent flights in and out of RUH with BA ( aboy 5 years ago) they would always announce entry and exit of Saudi airspace. Not that I really wanted any alcohol when flying out at 03.00 am.

I have also taken the EK flight from RUH. I cannot remenmber but as it is shortly and basixcally entirely in saidi airspace I doubt any alcohol is offered.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:12 am
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Appropriate forum.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by alex0683de
When departing from Saudi Arabia?

I've always heard the rule that flights into Saudi Arabia need to lock up the alcohol once they cross into Saudi airspace, and that flights leaving Saudi Arabia can break out the drinks once they have left Saudi airspace. No restrictions for flights merely overflying Saudi airspace enroute between two destinations outside Saudi Arabia.

But I have not been to the Magic Kingdom myself, so I have no firsthand experiences to go on.
For my flight from RUH last year we were not allowed alcoholic drinks pre-departure but no restrictions once in the air. I do not believe we were clear of Saudi airspace when drink service began.
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Old Jun 6, 2023, 10:17 pm
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Nope into Riyadh

Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer
For my flight from RUH last year we were not allowed alcoholic drinks pre-departure but no restrictions once in the air. I do not believe we were clear of Saudi airspace when drink service began.

I flew from Doha to Riyadh in June 2023. No alcohol at all offered on board (first class).
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