After my First Class flight on-board Saudia from London to Riyadh, I had about 4 hours in transit before my next flight to Dubai. I use the excellent AlFursan First Class Lounge.

The AlFursan lounge is split into First and Business Class. The entry rules are below. (from Saudia website)

Eligibility Rules items Alfursan First Class Lounges Alfursan Lounges
Description
  • Alfursan International First Class Lounges. Riyadh
  • Alfursan lounges Jeddah/Riyadh/Dammam/Medina/Cairo.
Passenger access
  • Saudia First Class passenger.
  • Alfursan Gold Member (travelling on Saudia or Skyteam member airline).
  • (In case of codeshare flight, the passenger is eligible if Saudia is the marketing carrier.)
  • Saudia First Class passenger.
  • Saudia Business Class passenger.
  • Alfursan Gold Member travelling Economy Class (travelling on Saudia or Skyteam member airline).
  • Alfursan Silver Member travelling Economy Class on Saudia.
  • In case of codeshare flight, the passenger is eligible if Saudia is the marketing carrier.
  • Skyteam Elite Plus members (only accepted in Domestic lounges IF the passenger has next a Domestic connection to an International flight on the SAME day). *
Guest / Family
  • Alfursan Gold member: International flights:
  • First Class ticket: 3 registered family members.
  • Business Class ticket: 2 registered family members.
  • Economy Class ticket: 1 registered family member.
  • Alfursan Gold member should be travelling with the family members.
  • Alfursan Gold member may invite a guest in international flight.
  • Guests and family members must be travelling on the same date.
  • Alfursan Gold / Silver members: International flights:
  • First Class ticket: 3 registered family members.
  • Business Class ticket: 2 registered family members.
  • Economy Class ticket: 1 registered family member.Domestic flight:
  • Cardholder only can access.
  • Alfursan Gold / Silver members should be travelling with the family members.
  • Alfursan Gold members: May invite a guest other than the registered family members. (for international flights only).
  • Skyteam Elite Plus members: May invite a guest.
  • Guests and family members must be travelling on the same date.
 

ALFURSAN LOUNGES ACCESS FEES:

SAUDIA opens its door for all guests to access Alfursan lounges regardless of their travel class or Alfursan membership tier.

 
Airport Lounge SAUDIA Passengers Access Fee (Adult/Child) Other Airlines Passengers Access Fee (Adult/Child)
RUH Domestic 136.5 / 68 SAR 189 / 94.5 SAR
International 168 / 84 SAR 262.5 / 131.5 SAR
147 / 73.5 SAR 210 / 105 SAR

I took the following pictures during my late night/early morning transit. The First Class lounge was quiet. There were several passengers in the lounge on a 5am JFK flight.

There were separate shower room just for the First Class section. A nice towel swan greeted me when I freshen up after the London flight.

The Al Maha dining room is beautiful. There was a buffet spread but no a la carte dining. There were several waiters to take care of me. Of course,there is no alcohol served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As I have an overnight transit, I slept on the sofa in the Al Majli lounge most of the time. There were also several private quiet room but it was occupied during my transit.

Overall the lounge is pleasant and airy. You can see the whole terminal from the lounge. After 4 hours, I was ready for my next flight to Dubai on Saudia A330.

 

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