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Istanbul flights set to boost UAE - Turkey relations

28/05/2009 15:54

jetThe development of political, economic, cultural and tourism bonds between the UAE and Turkey will be further enhanced with the launch of Etihad Airways’ new flights to Istanbul from Monday 1 June.


Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi’s award-winning airline and the national carrier of the UAE, will launch its four times a week service to Istanbul at a time when trade relations between the two countries is at its strongest and is set to grow significantly as a result of the important new link.

Turkey is one of the UAE’s largest trade partners, with USD $9 billion in annual bilateral trade volume generating strong economic relations and sound business opportunities for both countries.

Last year saw foreign trade figures reveal Turkey as one of the UAE’s top 10 biggest suppliers, while over the past five years (2004-2008) the UAE’s exports to Turkey have increased six-fold.

“An unprecedented growth has been witnessed in the bilateral trade between the UAE and Turkey, particularly in the past couple of years,” said Turkish Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Hakki Akil. “Expansion of bilateral trade volume between the UAE and Turkey has increased ten-fold since 2003 and is a striking indicator of the strength in mutual dialogue between our two countries.


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