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Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: a flagship event for private aviation

Since its inception in 2019, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has become a flagship event for private aviation and luxury caterers, symbolizing the luxury and exclusivity associated with Formula 1. Attracting a wealthy international clientele, the event generates considerable demand for private flights, providing a unique opportunity for airline operators and caterers to offer customized high-end services.

Our catering partners, in particular, can distinguish themselves by creating tailor-made menus that reflect both local cuisine and travelers' individual preferences, adding a touch of exclusivity and comfort to the trip.

Spotlight on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Saudi GP circuit

Where: Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah.

When: March 8-9.

Nearest airport(s): King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah.

This Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix makes its debut in December 2021 on a 6.1-km circuit in the historic port city of Jeddah.

Running along the city's waterfront, it is the second-fastest circuit in Formula 1.

What kind of clientele is expected on board a private jet bound for the Saudi 2024 GP?

The clientele expected to board private jets bound for Jeddah for the Formula 1 Grand Prix is generally made up of a wide variety of spectators. But certain main groups can be identified:

  • Formula 1 enthusiasts: Formula 1 fans who assiduously follow the world circuit often seek the ultimate Grand Prix experience, including access to the paddocks, teams and drivers. A private jet trip can be part of the premium experience for the most passionate among them.

  • Corporate clients and sponsors: Companies involved in motorsport, including Formula 1 and team sponsors, often send representatives to these events. This also includes companies who use the event as a networking opportunity or to reward their key employees and customers.

  • Celebrities and sports personalities: The Grand Prix regularly attracts celebrities, top athletes and other public figures, drawn by the event's exclusivity and passion for motorsport.

  • Collectors and supercar owners: Saudi Arabia, with its rich automotive culture, attracts collectors and supercar owners from all over the world. These enthusiasts often take the opportunity to meet other owners and admire the vehicles on display around the event.

  • Investors and businessmen: With economic growth and the expansion of motorsport in the region, the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia attracts investors interested in business opportunities in motorsport and tourism.

  • Luxury tourists: Individuals and groups seeking exclusive travel experiences are also an important part of the customer base. They are attracted by the prestige of the event, as well as by the luxury and hospitality on offer alongside the race.

  • Many Formula 1 drivers and top team managers prefer to use private jets to travel to Grand Prix events. Not only does this enable them to travel in comfort, it also allows them to follow flexible schedules, which is crucial given the F1 season's hectic schedule. Private jets also offer greater privacy and security, which is essential for public figures. Some have their own private jet, including Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, who each have a Falcon 900.

Max Verstappen Private Jet
Max Verstappen Private Jet

Private jets are a common mode of transport for Formula 1 drivers, who travel extensively throughout the year for races, promotional events and other commitments. Private jets offer a level of comfort and convenience that cannot be matched by commercial airlines, enabling drivers to travel in excellent conditions. As Formula 1 requires physical ability and concentration, it is essential for these drivers to arrive at their destination well rested and ready for the race.

King Abdulaziz Jeddah International Airport

Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport boasts a dedicated terminal for private jets. The terminal is designed to offer high-end services and an exclusive travel experience for private jet passengers. It provides facilities and services tailored to the needs of VIP travelers, including rapid check-in and security processes, comfortable private lounges, and personalized assistance to facilitate arrivals and departures.

Around the airport, and in particular near the private jet terminal, there are catering services specialized in providing high-end meals for private aviation. Inflight Chef Delight works with these catering companies, which are equipped to meet a wide range of requirements. Ranging from international to local cuisine, respecting specific dietary preferences such as halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. We offer comprehensive services, including preparation, packaging and delivery of meals directly to aircraft, ensuring a premium level of service.

Saudi "cultural rules" not to forget on board

When working aboard a private jet bound for Saudi Arabia, it's crucial for cabin crew to adhere to certain cultural rules to ensure a comfortable and respectful journey for all passengers.

Here are some of the key considerations:

  • Dress: It's important to dress conservatively and professionally. In general, this means clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs. While your cabin uniform may already meet these criteria, it's essential to make sure your outfit isn't too revealing or tight.

  • Interactions and behavior: Physical interactions, such as handshakes with the opposite sex, may not be appropriate unless the other person initiates the gesture.

  • Cultural and religious sensitivity: Understanding and respecting religious practices is essential. This includes recognizing times for prayer and the possibility that some passengers may wish to pray on board. Preparing a discreet space for prayer can be appreciated by passengers.

  • Food and beverages: Offer a choice of food and beverages respecting dietary regulations: avoid alcohol and pork products, or any food that does not comply with halal regulations. Unless you are certain that it does not contravene passenger preferences.

  • Privacy: Discretion is essential in all interactions. Hostesses must ensure that they respect passengers' privacy and act with absolute discretion at all times.

By taking care to respect these cultural rules, flight attendants help to create a positive and respectful flight experience for passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia, while respecting the country's traditions and cultural norms.

flight attendant

Must-see spots in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is increasingly opening up to international tourism, including luxury tourism, revealing its hidden treasures to travelers from all over the world. Here are a few must-sees in Saudi Arabia that attract luxury enthusiasts:

  • AlUla: An ancient city in northwest Saudi Arabia, AlUla is famous for its spectacular rock formations, ancient archaeological sites, and Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can stay in unique luxury resorts set in this ancient landscape.

  • Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's capital offers a fascinating blend of modernity and tradition. Luxury shopping malls, gourmet restaurants and 5-star hotels rub shoulders with historic sites such as Masmak Fort. Riyadh is also a center of business and culture.

  • The Red Sea: With its crystal-clear waters, coral reefs and diverse marine life, the Red Sea coast is perfect for diving, snorkeling and luxury yachting. Projects such as The Red Sea Project aim to transform this region into a sustainable luxury destination.

  • Jeddah: Gateway to Mecca, Jeddah is known for its waterfront, traditional souks and street art. The city also offers a range of luxury accommodations, high-end shopping malls and fine restaurants.

  • Diriyah: Just outside Riyadh, Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the cradle of the first Saudi dynasty. The At-Turaif area of Diriyah offers a fascinating insight into Saudi history and is a must-see for culture buffs.

  • The NEOM project: Although still under development, NEOM is destined to be a futuristic destination for living, working and tourism. Spanning the northwest coast of Saudi Arabia, NEOM promises to deliver unrivalled luxury experiences, combining technology, sustainability and leisure.

  • The Asir Mountains: In stark contrast to the surrounding desert, the Asir region is famous for its verdant landscapes, mountains and temperate climate. It's a paradise for hikers, nature lovers and those looking to explore local traditions and crafts.

Photo credit : Visit Saudi

What languages are spoken on board a private jet bound for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia?

Travelers onboard private jets to the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia come from many different parts of the world. Nevertheless, certain languages are more commonly spoken, reflecting the diversity and internationality of the Formula 1 audience, as well as languages widely used in international business and tourism. Here are the most likely languages on board:

  • 🇺🇲 English: English is the main language of international business, sport and tourism, including Formula 1. The majority of drivers, team members and international fans speak English, at least at a functional level, for communication purposes.

  • 🇦🇪 Arabic: As the Grand Prix takes place in Saudi Arabia, Arabic is naturally a commonly spoken language among local and regional travelers, as well as by some international visitors who can speak the language.

  • 🇫🇷 French: French is not only an official language of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), Formula 1's governing body, but also widely spoken in the world of motorsport.

  • 🇮🇹 Italian: Given the importance of Italy in the world of Formula 1, particularly with the presence of the Ferrari team, one of the oldest and most prestigious F1 teams, Italian is also a commonly spoken language among fans, drivers and team members.

This linguistic diversity underlines the global nature of Formula 1, attracting fans, professionals and participants from all corners of the world.

Typical dishes from the Arabian Gulf

Typical dishes arabian golf
Photo credit : Visit Saudi

"Food is a symbol of hospitality in the Arabian Gulf," explains Felicia Campbell, an author specializing in the region's food.

  • Typical Saudi breakfast

Arabic coffee and dates.

  • Traditional Saudi lunch

Saudi lunch goes clockwise: meat kebsa, jarish, meat stew, lamb mougalgal, tamis.

Lunch is traditionally the main meal of the day. It almost always includes a rice dish, such as kabsa, considered the national dish of Saudi Arabia. Kabsa is very fragrant (each family uses its own blend of spices) without being extremely spicy. This tasty rice is garnished with roast chicken, meat or even fish. It is also served with a mixed salad and a spicy tomato sauce served separately.

  • Typical Saudi dinner

Nowadays, dinner is served late and is lighter. It consists of a sandwich, a Western dish, a meat stew or a hearty soup.

Looking for inspiration? Inflight Chef Delight advises you.


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