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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Travelers will now be able to travel directly from South Florida to the United Arab Emirates.

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Starting in December, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will start offering direct, non-stop flights to Dubai on Emirates Airlines.

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“This nonstop service will allow world travelers to experience our sun-drenched beaches to the majestic beauty of the Everglades and all the sensational attractions of a cosmopolitan area. Additionally, our residents can now explore the Middle East and the other 150 plus cities served by this world-class airline,” said Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar. 

This is the first time in the airport’s history that they will be offering direct flights to the Middle East. FLL will be one of 11 U.S. cities served by Emirates Airlines.

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The airline will begin its non-stop service from FLL on December 15th.