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DEPARTURES FLYING TO...


Pictured: The Dubai skyline


Manchester three times a day, from Glasgow and Birmingham twice a day, and out of Newcastle daily. Lufthansa has daily services to Dubai from Frankfurt and Munich.


Yemen Sana’a





base for numerous financial, agricultural and technical organisations and banks. The power, telecommunications and electricity sectors are undergoing privatisation to reduce reliance on oil and gas, and economic reforms are creating further opportunities for UK exporters and investors. From Heathrow, British Airways flies to


Riyadh daily and Saudi Arabian Airlines operates six times a week. Lufthansa departs for Riyadh daily from Frankfurt and three times a week from Munich, with Air France offering four flights a week from Paris CDG.


Syria Damascus


The uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has rumbled on for 18 months, with the Syrian Army and Free Syrian Army locked in increasingly bitter conflict. In such a situation – the international community so far impotent to intervene – the British government no longer encourages trade with or investment in the country. For future reference, the Syrian capital has an economy founded on government activities, processed food, clothing, the financial sector and agriculture. There are currently no flights from the UK


to Damascus. Many international airlines have suspended services to the city in the light of the political situation and on occasions the airport has been closed.


United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi


Located on an island in the Persian Gulf, the capital of the UAE has undergone rapid development in recent years. Among the world’s largest oil producers, along with Dubai it is one of the UK’s biggest export markets in the Middle East, offering further potential in the infrastructure, energy, defence and education sectors, plus financial and professional services. Etihad Airways flies from London Heathrow


to Abu Dhabi three times a day, and from Manchester twice-daily. British Airways serves the city daily from Heathrow, with the same frequency as Lufthansa from Frankfurt, and KLM departing Schiphol five times a week.


Dubai


The emirate noted for its spectacular expansion was hit hard by the financial crisis, forcing it to put many developments on the back burner. With business confidence reviving, plus fiscal aid from neighbouring Abu Dhabi, Dubai has kick-started its economy, which is based on tourism, real estate, logistics, trade, manufacturing and financial services. From London Heathrow, Emirates serves Dubai five times a day, British Airways thrice- daily, Virgin Atlantic and Royal Brunei daily, and Biman Bangladesh five times a week. Emirates also flies from London Gatwick and


The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against travel to Yemen due to the security situation. But pro- government troops have gained significant victories over insurgents in recent months, creating a national consensus against terrorism and providing hope that this rugged country can return to stability. Hugely dependent on oil exports, it receives aid from the IMF, the US and the World Bank, and in return the government in the capital of Sana’a has introduced economic reforms to attract foreign investment. There are no direct flights from the UK to


Sana’a. Yemenia has two flights a week from both Frankfurt and Paris Charles De Gaulle, and Middle East carriers offer connections from their respective hubs.


THE


CARBON COST


The table below shows the distance covered by a return flight between London and the destination, along with the approximate carbon emissions produced and the cost of offsetting it with The Carbon Neutral Company. See www.carbonneutral.com for more information.


Manama Cairo


Tehran


Baghdad Tel Aviv Amman


Kuwait City Beirut Muscat Doha


Riyadh Damascus


11,961km 7,699km 9,631km 8,959km 7,828km 8,034km 10,118km 7,594km 13,326km 11,418km 9,880km 7,811km


Abu Dhabi/Dubai 11,994km Sana’a


12,275km 1.15t


0.74t 0.92t 0.86t 0.75t 0.77t 0.97t 0.73t 1.1t 1t


0.8t


0.75t 1.15t 1.18t


£11.50 £7.40 £9.20 £8.60 £7.50 £7.70 £9.70 £7.30 £11.10


£10.00 £8.00 £7.50 £11.50 £11.80


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