Ireland seeks close ties with UAE

DUBAI — The launching of Aer Lingus's direct route between Dubai and Dublin is an indication of the cooperation that is developing strongly between the countries of Ireland and the UAE, a visiting Irish official said.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 31 Mar 2006, 11:28 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:50 PM

Noel Dempsey, Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources of the Irish Government, said that many Irish companies have seen Dubai as their base.

“Ireland looks toward this region for the development of trade, travel, tourism, and most especially, friendship,” the minister said during a simple ceremony that marked the official launching of the airline's first long-haul direct flight from Dublin to Dubai.

Considered as a significant development in Aer Lingus's history, the Dubai-Dublin-Dubai route is the first non-US long-haul destination introduced by the airline.

Dempsey also mentioned that trade is extremely important to Ireland’s economy with 80 per cent of their produce being exported to the world market. “It is important to reach out to other countries and set up networks. I also encourage the Irish nationals here to make yourselves known and to continue keeping in touch with the embassy,” he said.

Enda Corneille, Commercial Director of Aer Lingus, said the direct route will be offered three times weekly at an attractive fare of Dh 1,500 for a return ticket. The service is expected to carry in excess of 70,000 passengers in its first year of operation.

The inaugural flight of Aer Lingus to Dubai from Dublin was held on Tuesday, March 28. In the UAE, Dnata serves as general sales agent (GSA) for Aer Lingus.

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