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Taipei-Dubai route to bring tourist influx

TAIPEI--Upcoming direct flight services between Taipei and Dubai, one of the emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, could bring more Muslim tourists to Taiwan, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

As Taiwan is trying to tap the Muslim market — a travel market with which Taiwan is less familiar — the route, to be operated by Dubai-based Emirates Airlines next year, could help build up interest in Taiwan among this sector, said bureau head David Hsieh.

The airline said it will launch the route Feb. 10, operating daily flights using 777-300ER aircraft.

While it has operated freighter services to Taipei since 2003, Emirates Airlines said it is hoping to provide more flight options for Taiwanese people with over 134 destinations in 76 countries around the world.

With the Taipei-Dubai route, which no Taiwanese airlines operate, Emirates Airlines will also become the first new airline at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in 2014.

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Liu Rongzhu (劉榮柱), fourth left, vice president for Greater China at Emirates Airlines, and Tourism Bureau Director David W.J. Hsieh (謝謂君), third left, pose for a photo at a press conference in Taipei yesterday. The airline announced that direct flights between Taipei and Dubai will begin on Feb. 10, 2014.

(CNA)

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