Angola's travel trade size up Dubai
Representatives from Angola's travel industry are seeing some of the world's most spectacular mega-projects during a visit to Dubai - in preparation for the launch of Emirates' flights between Dubai and Luanda, starting October 25th.
More than 20 leading travel agents from Angola are in town for a four-day familiarisation trip, courtesy of Emirates Airline.
During the July 19-23rd tour, representatives will see some of Dubai's architectural wonders - the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Dubai and the emerging Dubai Metro system, to name but a few. They will also visit a range of hotels, shopping malls and restaurants, as well as tourist hotspots such as Dubai Creek and the intriguing gold and spice souks.
Nigel Page, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Americas & Africa, said: "Emirates is very pleased to be supporting such an important trip, which we believe is one of the largest travel industry groups from Angola to visit Dubai. It's vital that our industry partners get a real taste of the dynamism and vision of Dubai as a tourist destination and a superb place to do business. We've had a great deal of support from the Angolan authorities and the travel sector to set up the new Luanda service and we are glad to be able to return some of that hospitality."
Frederic Bardin, Senior Vice President, Arabian Adventures, which is providing ground support, said: "In seeing the best of Dubai, the group will experience some of our trademark excursions such as the Sundowner Safari, where visitors head into the desert in four-wheel drive vehicles and spend the evening under the stars at a Bedouin encampment. Then there's the popular Dubai orientation tour, taking in the bustling alleyways of the traditional souks, the abras plying Dubai Creek and Dubai Museum, which tells the fascinating story of Dubai's humble pearl trading past."
From October 25th, Emirates will operate three flights a week to Luanda, on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
EK 791 departs Dubai at 1000hrs and arrives at 4 De Fevereiro Airport in Luanda at 1510hrs. The return flight, EK792, leaves Luanda at 1800hrs, touching down in Dubai at 0450hrs the following day. The flight is approximately eight hours.
A Boeing 777-300ER, offering the latest in passenger comfort and award winning Emirates' in-flight entertainment, will be deployed on the route.
Emirates, which has more than 140 nationalities on staff including around 4000 Africans, had planned to start services to Angola on August 2nd. After a review of start up requirements, it was decided to opt for a later date.
Luanda, in the midst of oil-backed growth and tourism-related construction, will be the second new service into Africa for Emirates this year. Flights to Durban, its 17th destination on the continent, start on October 1st.
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