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Emirates starts flights to Dubai

DIRECT flights between Dublin and Dubai have been established for the first time by Emirates airlines.

The company said that it sees "strong potential" in the country and that it will operate a daily service to Dubai from Dublin with an Airbus A330-200 offering first-class, business class and economy class.

Ireland will be Emirates's 29th route in Europe and the deal is the conclusion of a seven-year long negotiation between the airline and Dublin airport.

Tourism Ireland said the route will provide a welcome boost for leisure and business tourism from a number of markets such as the Middle East.