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Taif Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Ta’if is a small regional airport.
  • The airport’s first commercial flight left the airport in 1972.
  • The only international flights there are from Cairo and Alexandria.
  • The airport is operated by Saudi Arabia’s military.
  • Over 100,000 passengers flew through Ta’if Airport last year.

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.

Taif Airport

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.

Taif Airport Shubra Palace

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.

Latest Update from Taif Airport:

16/06/12 -  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.

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Ta’if is a small city, the summer home to the Saudi government. If you’ve hired a car and drive through the countryside you’ll be amazed at how green the area is. Because of the climate, the area is renowned for its roses which are turned into oil for use in expensive perfumes.

Nearby too is the Wadi Mitna, where in 619 Mohammed took refuge when attacked by the locals after trying to convert them to Islam. The reason why can be seen in the ruins of the temple of Allat, a pagan goddess also known as the lady of Allat.

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