Dubai-based airline Emirates is to expand its European network in September, with Oslo becoming its third Scandinavian destination. The carrier plans to launch daily flights to Norway's capital city beginning 2 September. The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, offering 360 seats.
Trade ties between the UAE and Norway have grown in recent years and the new daily Dubai-Oslo service is expected to make those even stronger. According to information provided by the UAE Ministry of Economy, 17 Norwegian registered trade companies, 38 trade agencies and 244 registered trademarks are currently operating and boosting trade volumes between the two countries, which in 2011 amounted to more than $277 million.
Norway is the largest oil producer in Europe and the second largest natural gas exporter in the world. The country's economic resilience rests on solid foundations - its oil, gas, fishing, telecom and maritime sectors are all very strong, says Emirates' president Tim Clark. He thinks the new Oslo service will push Norway's economic growth further, stimulating trade, tourism and investment in the country by providing essential air links with budding markets in the Middle East, Far East, West Asia and Africa.
Oslo is considered the fastest growing capital in Europe. It boasts great ethnic diversity: communities from Pakistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Afghanistan and China have made Oslo their home. The airline hopes to spark even more interest in the city, attracting visitors from the UAE and countries further afield like India, Pakistan, Thailand, China and Vietnam.
In addition to passenger flights, Emirates will offer cargo services with 23 tonnes of cargo capacity through its SkyCargo division. Oil and gas equipment, maritime and ship spares, pharmaceuticals, seafood, chemicals, electronics, telecommunication equipment, machinery, dairy products and fruits and vegetables are expected to be among the popular commodities destined for markets like Vietnam, China and Taiwan.