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Ta'if Airport Mini Guide
Ta'if Airport is located not far from the important religious city of Mecca. The airport has one terminal and serves the main national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines. The carrier operates flights domestically to places such as Riyadh
. There are international carriers such as China United Airlines that also operate to the airport. The terminal has facilities such as a café and restaurant, telephone, internet and spacious parking available.
The airport is located on the main highway 15 and this gives access to the towns of Mecca and further to Jeddah
. It is important to note that non Muslim travellers must use the bypass around Mecca to get to Jeddah. Passenger numbers increase when there are religious festivals at Mecca and people fly in from all over the world.
The town of Ta'if itself has several places of interest such as Al Rudaf Park which contains a small zoo. The Wadi Mitna was where Muhammed took sanctuary in 619 A.D. Shubra Palace is now the region's museum but was once used as a palace in the 1930's by King Abdul Aziz. There is a Turkish Fort that legend states that the famous Lawrence of Arabia fought a battle in 1917.
Near the Sheraton Hotel at the top of Al Hada Mountain is a nature preserve which offers peaceful surroundings as well as a stunning sunset. The town is also popular with the Saudi royal family who uses it as a retreat when the temperatures are very high in Riyadh. The cooler temperatures are favourable in Ta'if.
- European travellers to Ta'if have previously had to travel to Dubai and change there but a cheaper option begins this week with a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. Connect to Istanbul with a cheap easyJet flight from the UK.