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Emirates will be boosting African services by 40%

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Emirates have announced they will be focusing on the African market for their 10 years expansion strategy.

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During the Africa Global Business Forum 2014, the theme Connectivity and Trade – Supporting Dubai as the Hub to Africa, the acknowledgement of the Emirates expansion strategy has been stated by Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.

“Africa has been a great growth story for us. The Government of Dubai recognised the untapped potential of Africa early on and Emirates has been instrumental in supporting the region's growth.

“Today, Emirates fleet investment in Africa tops $7 billion with operating costs of over $2 billion. We will add around 10 destinations in the next decade and will continue our investment and commitment to introduce more frequencies to our existing points to provide critical links to emerging markets from Asia, the Middle East and Australia.”

Dubai's physical location enables for shorter travel time for the African tourists who wish to travel towards Europe.

During the past 5 years, Emirates Airlines have been the main cargo and passenger transporter between Africa and China. An of 2020, Emirates anticipates an 8.5 million boost in seat capacity.

For the same period of 2020, the number of African tourists visitng Dubai is expected to grow as much as to 1.5 million visitors/year.

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