SAUDIA, also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine gifted to King Abdul Aziz by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was followed months later with the purchase of two more aircrafts, and these formed the nucleus of what in a few years was to become one of the world's largest airlines. SAUDIA is the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia and its main operational base is situated at the King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED). The airline also has other hubs, which are the Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH) and the Dammam-King Fahd International Airport (DMM). It is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the SkyTeam. SAUDIA has also won various awards in the aviation industry such as the Silver MENA Travel, the Yahoo Middle East Online Award for best regional online marketing, the Quality Cube Award from Lufthansa, the Silver Plate from Royal Brunei Airlines for On-Time Performance and Diamond Award from On Board Services Magazine, among others.
Currently serving as the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow was once ruled by ‘Nawabs’ for a long period of time, which has earned it the sobriquet of the ‘City of Nawabs.’ The language, culture, poetry and music of this city bear an indelible imprint of the Islamic influence. On a tour of Lucknow, travellers can visit the magnificent Dilkusha Palace; go to famous Dargah of Hazrat Abbas and lose the sense of direction in Bhool Bhulaiya- an amazing labyrinth in the city. Lucknow hosts a number of festivals, every year; participating in one of which can help tourists get well acquainted with the rich culture and tradition of the city. The Islamic festivals such as Chup Tazia, Nowruz and Muharram are the major events of the city. Bara Imambara, Karbala of Inayat-ud-Daula, Maqbara of Mir Anis and Rumi Darwaza are some of the historical edifices that tourists must not afford to miss, when on a Lucknow trip. Shopping in the local markets, conversing with the locals and listening to the Urdu poetry are essential parts of the experiences that this city has on offer. Blessed with a unique cultural appeal, Lucknow invites visitors to discover its subdued charms. From MakeMyTrip, tourists can pick one of the many exciting tour packages to enjoy a comfortable stay in this city.