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An Taoiseach celebrates Emirates Airline’s second anniversary in Ireland during visit to Dubai

9 January 2014

9th January, 2014: An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD joined Emirates’ President, Tim Clark in Dubai today to mark the second anniversary of the airline’s operation in Dublin.

Since Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dublin on 9th January 2012, the airline has connected over 442,000 passengers on its daily Dublin to Dubai route, carrying over 22,000 tonnes of cargo and supporting Irish exports including seafood, chocolates, beef and botox.

This comes at a time when it has been reported by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) that visitor numbers from Ireland to Dubai increased by 14% in 2013 when compared with 2012.

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Tim Clark, President Emirates airline and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, met this morning at Emirates Group Headquarters to discuss future business opportunities between Irish companies and Emirates. Also on the agenda was the opening of prospects to Irish companies looking to expand their reach into economically vibrant markets.

The official visit took place as part of the Irish Government Trade Mission to Gulf States where An Taoiseach was accompanied by a trade delegation of Irish businesses as well as the Irish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Patrick Hennessy and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovations, Richard Bruton TD. The trade delegation consisted of specialised aviation suppliers who attended a workshop hosted by Emirates to discuss future business opportunities. The trade delegation also is exploring further trade opportunities in Dubai with Ireland within several industries.

Emirates employs 442 Irish nationals and established a dedicated reservations office in Dublin in 2012.

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