United Airlines adds daily direct New York-Dubai route

United Airlines adds daily direct New York-Dubai route

The carrier is the only US airline to offer nonstop flights between Dubai and the United States

United Airlines has launched a new nonstop daily service between its New York/Newark hub and Dubai International (DXB). 

Flight UA 164 departs daily from New York at 21:40 and arrives in Dubai at 19:05. The return leg on flight on UA 163 departs Dubai at 01:55 and arrives in New York at 08:45.

The new service marks United’s return to Dubai, which the airline previously served up until 2016, and is part of United’s commercial agreement with Emirates, announced in 2022.

Customers from the US flying to Dubai can travel onwards with Emirates or its sister airline Flydubai to more than 100 destinations, while customers flying from Dubai to New York can take advantage of onward connections within United's network to more than 80 destinations across the Americas.


The agreement between United and Emirates also provides loyalty programme members of both airlines additional opportunities for more rewards.

United senior vice president of Global Network Planning and Alliances Patrick Quayle said: “At United, we’re committed to expanding and enhancing our network to give our customers the best access to destinations around the world – all while having a best-in-class travel experience. 

"Our new service between New York/Newark and Dubai, along with our new partnership with Emirates and Flydubai, makes it even easier for customers to travel to Dubai or connect to any of the hundred destinations offered by our partners across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.”

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The Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) CEO Issam Kazim added: “As global tourism continues to recover rapidly, Dubai has become one of the most popular destinations for US travellers seeking to explore the excitement, heritage and culture of the Middle East. This direct route opened by United Airlines will pave the way for an increased flow of leisure and business travellers to Dubai from the United States, an important North American market, which shows ongoing opportunities for growth. 

"As we focus on accelerating momentum throughout 2023, inspired by our visionary strategy in line with the D33 agenda with the goal of consolidating Dubai’s status as one of the top global cities, the nonstop flight will further reinforce our positive relationship with the US travel trade ecosystem and boost our multifaceted destination proposition in this new era of travel.”

United is seeing unprecedented demand for international travel this summer compared to last year. The airline’s international schedule is more than 25% larger than in 2022 to serve the increased demand.

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