Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

For the full 2020 data please visit our 2020 inbound data page here. For Q1 (January-March 2020) data please visit our UK and regional quarterly data pages.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)15.1
Global rank for international tourism expenditure24
Number of outbound visits (m)9.6
Most visited destinationUAE
Most visited destination in Western EuropeUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2021
Population (m)37.3
GDP per capita PPP (US$)52,595
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.7
Annual GDP growth (%)2.3

Inbound visits to Britain from Saudi Arabia

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Access to Britain from Saudi Arabia

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures32
Weekly seat capacity8,738
Airports with direct routes in Saudi Arabia3
Airports with direct routes in Britain2
  • In 2019, 3 airports in Saudi Arabia served 2 airports in Britain: London Heathrow and Manchester 
  • The highest share of departing seats stemmed from the Riyadh to London Heathrow route in 2019
  • In 2019, the airlines that operated the Saudi Arabia to Britain route are British Airways and Saudia
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 68% reduction in direct seat capacity from Saudi Arabia to the UK in 2020
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for Saudi Arabia is £78

 

(excluding routes from Madinah to the UK)