Emirates links Mexico City with Barcelona and Dubai with daily flights

Emirates has announced a new daily service from Dubai (DXB), that will fly to Mexico City (MEX) while making a stopover in Barcelona (BCN).

The Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City route is scheduled to begin on December 9, 2019. Emirates will fly the Boeing 777-200 LR, in a two-class cabin configuration comprising of 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in the Economy Class.

While the passenger service to Mexico-City is a first for Emirates, its SkyCargo planes have already been flying to Mexico since 2014, carrying over 22,500 tonnes of goods annually. Some of the best-known products arriving from Mexico include: avocados, mangoes and auto-parts.

Emirates is the second Airline to have scheduled passenger service from Mexico City to the Middle East.
Turkish Airlines began to fly passengers from Istanbul to Mexico City from August 21, 2019. The flight makes a stop in Cancún, allowing passengers to deboard. However, no new passengers board the flight between Cancún and Mexico City.

Flight # Departs Arrives Layover Departs Arrives
EK 255 Dubai at 3:30 am Barcelona at 8:00 am 1:55 h Barcelona at 9:55 am Mexico City at 4:15 pm
EK 256 Mexico City at 7:40 pm Barcelona at 1:25 pm (+1 day) 1:45 h Barcelona at 3:10 pm Dubai at 12:45 am (+2 days)
Flight # Dubai – Barcelona Layover Barcelona – Mexico City Total Journey time
EK 255 7:30 h 1:55 h 13:20 h 23:15 h
Flight # Mexico City – Barcelona Layover Barcelona – Dubai Total Journey time
EK 256 10:45 h 1:45 h 6:35 h 19:05 h

Why is there no direct route from Dubai to Mexico City ?

Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) is located at an altitude of 2,230 meters (7316 feet) above sea level. Combined with year-round average temperatures of 23°C and average humidity levels of less than 60% through the year, this high-altitude poses a challenge for pilots during take-off and landing.

The shortest distance between Dubai and Mexico city is calculated to be around 14,345 km. The maximum range of a Boeing 777-200 LR is 17,370 km, but this range is only obtainable when the air-craft is void of passengers and its cargo hold empty.

The hot and thin air of Mexico-City offers little resistance to aircraft when landing, making it harder to slow down. When taking off, the aircraft will require a greater distance to ascend to the required altitude, thus spending more fuel.

Another natural phenomenon that aircraft need to face is Jetstreams. These are wind currents, blowing from west to east, at high altitudes of 30,000 to 52,000 feet (9 to 16 km) with high speeds from 90 km/hr to 180 km/hr. When flying west, airplanes travel at slower cruising speeds while pushing against these winds, and using more fuel. Turbulences can occur when winds change direction.
Which is why, from the above tables, you can see that flying west toward Mexico City takes 4 hours and 10 minutes longer, than the return flight to Dubai.

Airlines will travel inside Jet-Streams when flying east to take advantage of being pushed at the tailwind, giving a boost in speed, fuel economy and saving time even if the the route taken will be longer and meandering.

While flying from west to east is faster, you will still lose an entire day in travelling thanks to our time-zones advancing west to east. (The rotation of the earth, from west to east, however, does not have any effect on the length of the flight because everything, including the atmosphere, rotates along with it).

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Mexico City: Capital of the Aztecs

With a population of nearly 9 million people, Mexico City is the largest city in North America. Its metropolitan area has a population of more than 21 million people. Mexico-City is the oldest capital in the Americas. It was established by the Aztecs as their capital in 1325 A.D. as Tenochtitlan on Lake Texcoco. It was captured by the Spanish in 1521 and rebuilt as the centre of Spanish colonial power. Today, it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.

Mexico City is a leading financial and economic centre of Latin America. Its economy is dominated by the service sector, supported by its large population. Most international corporate offices in Mexico and the headquarters of Mexican companies are located in the city's districts of Polanco and the ultra-modern business district of Santa Fe. The city's financial centre is in the district of Zona Rosa, which also boasts an active nightlife with numerous hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the area.

The manufacturing industry in Mexico City is dominated by the production of construction materials such as iron, steel, bricks and cement. Other important goods include textiles, plastics and furniture.

Mexico City Financial District
Lidia Lopez [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
With a vibrant culture and a rich history of human habitation spanning more than 12,000 years, tourism is one of Mexico City's most important industries. The Tlatilco and the Cuicuilco are the oldest civilizations that established the earliest settlements in 1200 BC. These cultures were completely replaced by the Teotihuacans in 200 BC. By 1 AD, the valley of Mexico already had more than  125,000 inhabitants. By the 900 AD, the Toltecs began to dominate over the Valley.

The Toltecs are considered the predecessors of the Aztecs, who established the great city of Tenochtitlan in 1325 AD on the now extinct Lake Texcoco, in present-day Mexico City. The Aztec Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and at its height, Tenochtitlan had a population of around 200,000 people. The Spanish conquistadors overpowered the Aztecs in 1521, and besieged Tenochtitlan with help of other natives who wanted to be free from Aztec domination.

Today, the Centro Historico district stands on the original foundations of Tenochtitlan. The ruins of Templo Mayor, unearthed in the 1970s, are now an open-air museum. Most of the buildings in Centro Historico date back to the 16th century when the city of rebuilt to Spanish colonial preferences. You will find here, some important landmarks of Mexico City such as the Palacio Nacional, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo Franz Mayer and the Plazas of la Constitución (El Zócalo) and Santo Domingo.

Mexico remained a colony of the Spanish Empire until armed conflict broke out in 1810. This war of independence lasted until 1821, when the independent First Mexican Empire was established. The next hundred years were marked with conflict, both internally and externally, until the Mexican Civil War (Revolution) between 1910-20 transformed the country into a strong Presidency with lasting social changes and a flourishing economy.

Mexico-City witnessed a devastating earthquake in 1985,  on an 8.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. Between 9000 and 30000 perished and the memory of these victims remains fresh amongst the inhabitants of the city.

México-City Airport

Mexico-City is served by Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX), named after the reformist hero who reduced the influence of the church and the army over the Mexican Society. He is credited for the withdrawal of the French Empire out of Mexico restoring democracy after a time of political unrest.

While it has non-stop flights to more than 50 airports in the country, Mexico-City airport is directly connected to more than 55 international destinations. Of these, are direct connections to 8 cities in Europe and two cities in Asia ie. Tokyo (NRT) and Seoul (ICN).

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The largest airline operating at Mexico-City airport is Aeroméxico, with more than 40 international destinations to 21 countries around the world, in addition to 40 destinations that are domestic.

Mexico-City Airport's Terminal 1 is connected to Line 5 of the Metro at Terminal Aérea. The nearest Metro station to Terminal 2 is Pantitlán, which is about a 20-minute walk to the outside. Metro Tickets cost 5 pesos one-way. A Metro Bus takes you to the city centre from the Airport for 30 pesos

A safer and more convenient alternative can be taking Uber, which can cost anywhere from 150 pesos ($8) and up, between the Airport and your hotel in the city centre

Mexico-City Airport is operating at near capacity, with more than 100,000 passengers passing through on any given day. Calls for replacing the airport resulted in the undertaking of the construction of a new Mexico City Texcoco Airport in 2016. Construction was abruptly halted in 2018 by the incoming administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the project was ultimately cancelled.

Construction of yet another airport is in the works at the existing Santa Lucía Air Force Base in Zumpango. Two new runways and a terminal are planned to open in 2021 with new phases to follow in the future.

Hotels in México-City

With hundreds of hotels and apartments available in every price range, it all comes down to where you will spend the most time in Mexico-City. You can find places as low as $7 with shared accommodation. If you want to splurge, you can find many international brands offering a room from anywhere from $50 a night to $170 a night.

The most popular districts to stay in Mexico City are Zona Rosa and Centro Histórico where most of the budget to mid-range hotels are found. High-end hotels are found in the Polanco district.
There are hundreds of cheap hotels that are not found on the internet. If you are new to the city, you may risk getting attracted to a price that may not be worth the value.

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Barcelona: Més queunaciutat

Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain. It is the capital of the Catalunya autonomous community in the northeastern corner of the country. It has existed since the Romans first built a military camp here in 15 BC. In the middle ages, it changed hands times under the Visigoths, the Arabs and the French, until the Castilians assumed control of Catalunya in the 15th century.

Barcelona is located on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Its seaport, that has existed since Roman times, remains an important part of Catalunya's economy. It is Europe's ninth-largest container terminal and an important port of call for cruise ships traversing the Mediterranean.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Daniel Kraft [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The city is home to Futbol Club Barcelona, or Barça, one of the most widely supported teams with one of the largest social media following in the world. It has been playing since 1899.

Barcelona came to be internationally recognized when it hosted the 1992 summer Olympics. This was the first olympiad after the end of the cold war. 15 newly independent former Soviet Republics, competed as a Unified Team of 475 competitors across 27 sports. The 1992 Olympic games were a huge success, void of any boycotts, and provided Barcelona with billions of dollars in infrastructure investments. The legacy of the games can be seen today with an improved quality of life and modernized infrastructure.

As a tourist magnet, Barcelona is the 20th most visited city in the world. Its beaches are world renowned. With fantastic white sands and the blue water, you will find an amosphere of a lot of activity and entertainment. Most interestingly are the many chiringuitos along the beaches offering a feast of delicious seafood.

Barcelona alone has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, six of which are the legacies of Antoni Gaudi and two of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The most famous of them is Gaudi's Basílica de la Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882. The  sheer height, and the intricacy of the design leaves visitors astonished. Inside, the columns are shaped like branches of trees, giving the look of a forest. A combination of factors such as the Spanish Civil War, arsonists, lack of support and lack of funds has heald this masterpiece back from completion for so long.

Barcelona Airport

Aeroport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat is the second busiest airport in Spain and the seventh busiest in Europe. It is located in the neighbourhood of El Prat de Llobregat and is also commonly known as El Prat.

The airport is named after Josep Tarradellas, who became the President of the Government of Catalonia in exile in 1954, during the reign of the Generalissimo Francisco Franco. When Franco died, Tarradellas re-established the Government of Catalonia in 1977 and remained the president of the Government of Catalonia until 1980. He is credited and the recovery of the Catalan identity and institutions struck down by Franco.

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Barcelona-El Prat airport is a hub for Vueling and Level airlines. It is a focus for many other airlines based in the EU, bringing in holidaymakers from all over Europe. The airport is directly connected to more than 200 cities around the world. There are frequent flights to the capital Madrid, with more than 140 weekly flights. The most popular destinations from Barcelona are London (LGW), Rome (FCO), Paris and Amsterdam.

Barcelona-El Prat airport has connections by train, bus and taxis to the city centre. The Aeroport Metro Station is connected to lines L9 and L2 which span the entire city. There is an Aerobús which shuttles between the airport and the city centre every 10 to 20 minutes, every day of the year. A one-way ride on the Aerobús costs €5.90 and a two-way return ticket costs €10.20, valid for 15 days.

Hotels in Barcelona

With 8 million tourists visiting Barcelona at any given time (a stark contrast to a resident population of 1.6 million), there is an incredible choice of accommodations to choose from. Depending on the time of the year, even a 3-star accommodation or less may go for $60 to $100 per night.

Eixample from the air, Barcelona
Eixample from the Air, Barcelona. Source:

The most popular districts for visitors in Barcelona are the Ciutat Vella in which you will find La Rambla, one of the liveliest pedestrian-only streets in the world, and the district of Eixample, a 3 square mile of continuously repeating layout rectangular blocks, with the constant threat of getting lost. La Sagrada Família is located in Eixample

Because the Ciutat Vella is the city centre, nearly all of the public transportation passes through here. It contains most of the important attractions and monuments that Barcelona has to offer and is very accessible to the beaches.


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Dubai: City of Gold

Founded as a fishing village and a centre for pearl harvesting on the Arabian Gulf more than a thousand years ago, Dubai is today, famously known as the city of gold. Its Gold Souk is the of the largest markets of its kind in the world, where you will find close to 400 merchants dealing in Gold Jewellery. Dubai Gold is known for its exceptional design, purity and quality, which remains unmatched worldwide.

Over a span of 50 years, Dubai transformed itself into an international hub of Arab culture, arts, entertainment and tourism, aviation and shipping. The superlatives "biggest", "largest" and "tallest" apply to many of Dubai's attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Aquarium, the Dubail Mall and the Dubai Fountain.

Dubai Airports

With its vast network, Emirates has made Dubai International Airport (DXB) popular with travellers from the west who are transiting to their next destination further east. This made DXB the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.

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In 2010, the Dubai government opened a second airport in Dubai South, to relieve some operations off DXB. This new airport, Al Makhtoum International Airport (DWB) is even larger and will be able to handle more passengers and air traffic when it will reach its capacity.

Hotels in Dubai

Some of Dubai's hotels are iconic and instantly recognizable around the world. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the most opulent and one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Each floor comes with its own butler who takes care of the guests every want and needs.

One of Dubai's landmark hotels is the magnificent  Atlantis The Palm with a fairytale-like setting on the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, and nothing obstructing its view of the Arabian Gulf. The Atlantis features its own water-park, free for its guests to enjoy. It also boasts the largest open-air aquarium in the world, shared by over 65,000 marine animals.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, also has a hotel in its first 39 floors. The Armani Hotel as it is called has every room furnished with the Armani Casa line of products.

If you are on a budget, there are many hotels for cheap, available in the old part of Dubai, such as near the souk and in the neighbourhoods of Al Rigga and Al Muraqqabat. You will also find there familiar names like the Ramada Deira, Hyatt Palace Dubai Al Rigga, Radisson Blu Deira Creek, Hilton Garden Inn Al Muraqqabat and Ibis Al Rigga.

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About Emirates

Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East. It is the fourth-largest airline in the world, both in terms of passenger-kilometres flown, and the number of international passengers carried. From its hub in Dubai, Emirates connects to more than 150 destinations around the globe. Owned by the Government of Dubai, money does not seem to be an option as it consistently strives to excel at its business and first-class service while staying true to its slogan Fly Better.

Emirates Logo

Emirates was founded in 1985, with the backing of Al Maktoum, Dubai's Royal Family, when Gulf Air (back then a multinational airline owned by Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar), began cutting down services to Dubai. It sought the help of Pakistan International Airlines in leasing a Boeing 737–300 and an Airbus A300B4-200, in addition to providing technical and administrative assistance.

Emirates' very first flight, EK-600 departed Dubai on October 25, 1985, and landed in Karachi. This route remains in operation with daily departures.

The airline quickly added destinations across South Asia and North Africa and within two years of operation was flying daily to London Heathrow. The 1990s saw a rapid expansion of Emirates, flying to more than 30 countries around the world and the launch of Emirates Sky Cargo in 1998.

Emirates remains one of the most profitable airlines in the world thanks to the never-ending demand for air travel from the Middle East to South Asia and Africa, its investment in state-of-the-art aircraft, and the availability of airport capacity that can be used 24 hours a day.




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