Earlier this year, Emirates Airlines announced it would begin flying between Washington, D.C., and Dubai beginning in September. With the addition of this route, Emirates Airlines now offers seven nonstop flights between Dubai and major American cities, including Dallas and Seattle.
Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, expressed a positive response to the news. He indicated that the route will facilitate increased trade between the UAE and the United States and cited the fact that more than 800 American firms maintain offices in Dubai and the UAE as a whole. In addition, the UAE and the United States engaged in more than $18 billion worth of trade last year, an increase of more than 43 percent from 2010.