19 NOVEMBER 2012
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An alternative carrier to the Maldives from Dubai has been announced by the fast expanding low-cost Gulf area carrier flydubai. Currently the route is served by a twice daily Emirates three-class Boeing 777 service with a flight time of four hours plus. With flydubai, flights will initially be by 189-seat Boeing 737-800 five times per week with a slightly longer flight time.
Voted the number one island destination in the Indian Ocean by Condé Nast Traveller readers, the Maldives has advanced its tourism credentials by promoting its rich culture, vast array of luxury resort experiences, exotic culinary experiences and adventure sports ranging from paragliding to diving. The result has been a consistent growth in visitor numbers over the years, with the Maldives welcoming almost a million tourists in 2011 – a leap of 17.6% over the previous year.
The Maldives comprises of 26 natural ring-like atolls and spread over 90,000sq kms. With a maximum natural ground level of only 2.4m, it is also the lowest country in the world.
The Maldives will be the latest addition to flydubai’s growing network of more than 50 destinations in 32 countries, spanning the Gulf, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-continent, Asia, and Central & Eastern Europe. www.flydubai.com
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