February 22nd, 2019
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Emirates brings W Africa closer with launch of new Dakar route
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The Emirates has strengthened its links to West Africa with the launch of a new direct service to Dakar, according to a press release.

EK 797 took off for the airline's 105th destination, creating the only non-stop, scheduled passenger link between Dubai and Senegal.

The new route will cut current journey times to Dakar by around the equivalent of an eight hour working day, creating an easy, fast and convenient service for business and leisure travellers.

Saed Al Awadi, CEO of Dubai Export Development Corporation, Amgd Awad Alkarim Idriss, chief administrative office of the Department of Economic Affairs of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, Muhammad Riza, manager (Commercial Business Development for Africa) of Emirates Airline, Cheikh Tidiane Senghor, director general of Air Transport of Senegal, Nigel Page, senior vice president (Commercial Operations for Africa and America) of Emirates Airline, Essa Abdulla Albasha Alnoaimi, ambassador and director of African Affairs Dept, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE, Cheikh Ibrahima Diong, ambassador and director general of International Cooperation of the Government of Senegal, Mohammadou Doudou, ambassador of Senegal in Saudi Arabia, Abdourahmanne Diop, ambassor of Senegal in the UAE were present at the inaugural function.

Nigel Page, senior vice president (Commercial Operations, Africa and America) of Emirates, said: "Today marks a new chapter in air travel between the Middle East and West Africa. No more will passengers travelling to and from Senegal face long detours to Europe or other parts of Africa to reach their final destination.