Emirates announced that Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defense Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the carrier's plans to construct a new five-star, Dhs800 million ($218 million) luxury hotel in Dubai. Separately, Emirates launched Congress Solutions Dubai, a professional congress organizer that will provide "comprehensive management and consultancy services to a broad range of institutions and associations with a goal of organizing large-scale meetings in Dubai."

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