Emi­rates flies to Lisbon

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Emi­rates is set­ting its sights on the land of Vasco da Gama by an­nounc­ing flights to Por­tu­gal from 9th July. The air­line, fur­ther ex­tend­ing its Euro­pean reach, will start a daily ser­vice to Lisbon just six days af­ter launch­ing flights to Barcelona in neigh­bour­ing Spain.

Emi­rates will serve Lisbon with a mod­ern Boe­ing 777-200ER air­craft, a far cry from more than 500 years ago when Por­tuguese ex­plorer Vasco da Gama put to sea in search of a pas­sage to In­dia.

Of­fer­ing First Class, Busi­ness Class and Econ­omy Class cab­ins, EK 191 will leave Dubai at 0915hrs each day and ar­rive in Lisbon at 1445hrs. The re­turn flight, EK 192 departs Lisbon at 1755hrs and gets into Dubai at 0435hrs the next day. The Por­tuguese cap­i­tal be­comes Emi­rates’ 31st Euro­pean des­ti­na­tion.

“Lisbon has been on our Euro­pean wish-list for some time. Our daily flight will link this far western corner of Europe with our strong route net­work, via Dubai, into Africa, across Asia and be­yond,” said Tim Clark, Pres­i­dent, Emi­rates Air­line. “We will be the only car­rier based in the Mid­dle East op­er­at­ing into Por­tu­gal, bring­ing our re­fresh­ing ap­proach to cus­tomer ser­vice, our dy­namic and in­spir­ing ap­proach to busi­ness, along with su­perb value for money,” Clark added.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come Emi­rates to Lisbon and we look for­ward to a long and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with our new­est air­line client,” said Lisbon Air­port Di­rec­tor João Nunes. “Emi­rates have es­tab­lished a high level of ex­cel­lence and ad­mi­ra­tion within the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity and we are con­fi­dent that pas­sen­gers will be ea­ger to take ad­van­tage of the new route for travel to the Mid­dle East and be­yond. Con­nec­tiv­ity is es­sen­tial for

Snap­shot

• 7th best city in Europe for shop­ping (‘Globe Shop­per City In­dex’ of

The Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit). • 8th in the world for in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and events

(In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ences and Congress As­so­ci­a­tion - ICCA). • Top city break des­ti­na­tion (World Travel Awards 2009 and 2010). • Nu­mer­ous golf cour­ses in­clud­ing the Quinta da Mar­inha Oi­tavos in Cas­cais – the first course in Europe to be awarded the Audubon In­ter­na­tional “Cer­ti­fied Sig­na­ture Sanc­tu­ary/gold”. • A short drive away from Lisbon is Eri­ceira, Por­tu­gal’s surf­ing cap­i­tal

and rec­og­nized as one of the best surf­ing spots in Europe. • Por­tu­gal has more than a dozen world her­itage sites, which in­clude the cul­tural land­scape of Sin­tra, the his­toric cen­tre of Oporto and the pre-his­toric rock art site of Siega Verde. busi­ness and for tourism and this new flight and the on­ward con­nec­tions that it will pro­vide will be very ben­e­fi­cial for the Por­tuguese econ­omy,” Nunes added.

Por­tu­gal has a pop­u­la­tion of around 10 mil­lion, of which nearly 2 mil­lion live in Lisbon and its sub­urbs. It is es­ti­mated there are some 200 mil­lion Por­tuguese speak­ers around the world, mak­ing it the third most spo­ken Euro­pean lan­guage glob­ally, ac­cord­ing to Visit Por­tu­gal.

Through its in­dus­try-lead­ing in­ter­na­tional hub in Dubai, the air­line serves many of the coun­tries where Por­tuguese is heard in­clud­ing In­dia, An­gola, South Africa, Zim­babwe, Brazil and Hong Kong - gate­way to the for­mer Por­tuguese en­clave of Ma­cau.

Since join­ing what be­came the Euro­pean Union in the mid-1980s, Por­tu­gal’s tra­di­tional fo­cus on an agri­cul­tural econ­omy has be­come in­creas­ingly di­ver­si­fied, with a steady ex­pan­sion of the ser­vice sec­tor.

As one of Europe’s warm­est coun­tries, Por­tu­gal is a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion. Its bet­ter known at­trac­tions, such as the re­sorts of the Al­garve are sup­ple­mented by me­dieval cas­tles and scenic vil­lages dot­ted around wind­ing coast­lines and hill­sides.

Por­tu­gal has more than 800 kilo­me­tres of At­lantic coast and is the pri­mary point of ac­cess to the At­lantic ar­chi­pel­a­gos of the Azores and Madeira.

In Lisbon, vis­i­tors can sip an ex­presso on the leafy streets, go win­dow shop­ping in Chiado square, visit Jeron­i­mos Monastery, the World Her­itage Site and rest­ing place for Vasco da Gama, or view trea­sured art at places such as Calouste Gul­benkian and Ber­ardo mu­se­ums.

Lisbon was re­cently ranked the 7th best city in Europe for shop­ping by the ‘Globe Shop­per City In­dex’ of The Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit. The city also ranks 8th in the world for in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and events, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ences and Congress As­so­ci­a­tion (ICCA).

Por­tu­gal’s main ex­ports fea­ture tex­tiles, cloth­ing, wood prod­ucts, ma­chin­ery, tools and elec­tri­cal equip­ment. Emi­rates Skycargo, of­fer­ing 17 tonnes of belly-hold ca­pac­ity in the 777200ER, will be on hand to as­sist im­porters and ex­porters.

The new ser­vice fol­lows a trend of grow­ing links be­tween Por­tu­gal and the UAE. Por­tu­gal opened its em­bassy in the UAE in 2010 and the UAE re­cip­ro­cated with its diplo­matic pres­ence in Lisbon last year.

With a fleet of 169 air­craft, Emi­rates now flies to 121 desti­na­tions, hav­ing re­cently launched flights to Dal­las, Lusaka and Harare. Ser­vices to Seat­tle started on 1st March, flights to Ho Chi Minh City get un­der­way from 4th June and Barcelona joins the Emi­rates’ net­work on 3rd July.

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