Flying to Dubai, Some Notes

M G Singh By M G Singh, 4th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Dubai and the UAE are hot centres for travel from anywhere in the world, but the maximum traffic is from London.

Flying to Dubai

The history of Civil Aviation in Dubai dates back to almost seventy years. In fact just before the start of the Second World War in 1937 an Air Agreement was signed for a flying boat base at Dubai. Imperial Airways began operating a flying boat and for this purpose concluded an agreement with the Dubai administration for a consideration of Rupees 440 per month. This was inclusive of all sundry charges as well. The Flying Boats began operations to Karachi in the east and Southampton in the British isles in the west. Within a year the frequency of flights reached 16 per month.
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) also came into the picture in early forties with war on the horizon. They began to operate the air route from South Africa via Dubai to Australia and also to the United Kingdom. After the British left in 1971 the importance of Dubai on the east-west route increased and it soon became a staging post for refueling of aircraft for most airlines flying to Dubai from east Asia .Thus Air India, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and others traveling east to west and vice verse made Dubai a refueling halt. However this refueling halt became redundant with the advent of the long range aircraft like the Airbus A340, the Boeing 747-400 and the Boeing 777. But by then Dubai had developed its own economic might and it became a centre for direct flights from Europe and other places.
Historically Dubai has always been associated with the United Kingdom. After all it was under British rule till 1971.In addition the quantum of traffic from London to Dubai is high. As many as 29 airline companies operate flights from London to Dubai and vice versa. British travelers are also a preferred lot as far as Dubai is concerned. One has only to be at the air port to see the preferential treatment given to expats from the UK to expats from the Sub continent viz India Bangladesh and Pakistan. Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has started direct flights from Dubai to London.
These days you can book on London Dubai direct from the net. There is no need to contact a travel agent. Many bargain fares are available and one can hop on to a London- Dubai flight at any time of the day. In addition with the emergence of Dubai as recreation and tourist centre the various airlines offer quick travel deals that include stay in one of Dubai’s hotels. The air distance from London to Dubai is 4,260 miles or 6,855.94 km. the Distance from Dubai International Airport to the city center is approximately 3 miles or 5 km and the estimated taxi fare from the airport is £4 or 20 DH (the currency of Dubai)
From one metropolis to another, the route London - Dubai is a anything from GBP 250 to 350. You can book in minutes and also earmark your hotel as well. The Dubai –London sector is one of the busiest air route sectors in Asia.


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30th May 2011 (#)

Excellent article as always. Thanks!

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