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Emirates eyes Bangladesh tourism market

  • Published at 11:39 pm March 15th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:54 pm March 15th, 2017
Emirates eyes Bangladesh tourism market
Bangladesh has turned out to be a lucrative market for Emirates in terms of new tourist destination. With its 21 weekly flights from Dhaka to Dubai, currently, the airline links Dhaka airport to a vast global network of 150 destinations across six continents. Khalid Ali J Hassan, Emirates area manager for Bangladesh, said this while addressing an event marking 30 years of Emirates operation in Bangladesh. “The importance of Bangladesh as part of Emirates’ global destinations is high. Our operation will boost local tourism and export industries in particular.” Since the airline continues to expand its network, Bangladesh will also be able to access new markets and leisure destinations across the globe, added Khalid. To mark the 30-year-old milestone, the airline hosted a reception attended by local media and travel trade partners. Editors and senior reporters from print, electronic and online media, as well as representatives of the airline’s trade partners graced the occasion. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media affairs adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Saeed bin Hajar Al Shahi, UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh, Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, president, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) were also present. In his address, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said the UAE government needs to ease visa so that more Bangladeshi can make a visit to Dubai. “We believe in friendship. Bangladesh and UAE have brotherly relations since independence. I hope the authorities will consider the visa issue.” Definitely, it would introduce people-to-people connectivity with two friendly countries, added Iqbal. Since 2008, Emirates has been sponsoring floating Emirates Friendship Hospital serving remote and isolated population in shoal areas across the country. It is involved in a number of social and humanitarian projects in Bangladesh. Emirates began flights between Dhaka and Dubai on October 27, 1986, a year after the airline commenced its operations. Dhaka was the 7th destination to be linked to Dubai after Karachi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Colombo, Cairo and Amman.