Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 - Emirates
Emirates has announced Dublin will be the theme for its renowned Birdcage marquee at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Inspired by famous landmarks of Ireland’s capital, the Principal Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup will take guests on a cultural journey. The exterior will capture the charm of a typical Dublin high street with its iconic shop fronts, while inside guests will be steeped in history, with the main section of the marquee based on the Long Room from Trinity College, one of the great universities of the world.

The birthplace of many prominent literary figures, including influential writers and playwrights such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the marquee design will include authentic bookcases in a nod to Dublin’s rich literary history.

The menu will feature classic Irish dishes with a modern twist, while Irish-themed cocktails will be served as guests take in the unparalleled trackside views.

Dublin is a city well known for its entertainment and guests will be treated to performances by Irish dancing troupe, the Christine Ayres Irish Dancers, who were recently crowned the world’s best in Belfast.

Barry Brown, Emirates’ Vice President Australasia, said the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival will bring together an Irish festival of food, music, culture and literature.

“With an estimated six million Australians having Irish heritage, and with Ireland and Melbourne having a strong link to thoroughbred horseracing, particularly through legendary Irish trainer Dermot Weld, we are expecting major interest from our Irish visitors at this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup,” said Brown.

"Emirates introduced its new one-stop flights from Melbourne to Dublin earlier this year, speeding up travel times in each direction and making it easier than ever for people to come to Melbourne to witness the 'race that stops the nation’.”

The 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival will celebrate a number of milestones, including the 15th year of Emirates’ involvement, 10 years of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour and 50 years of Fashions on the Field.

Derby Day kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival on 3 November, with the Emirates Melbourne Cup on 6 November and Oaks Day on 8 November, while the Carnival culminates with Emirates Stakes Day on 10 November.

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Emirates is a full-service international airline that prides itself on inflight service delivered by an international crew drawn from over 130 nationalities; menus designed by leading chefs and complemented by the finest wines; an award-winning inflight entertainment system with up to 1,400 channels; and generous luggage allowances in all Classes. Emirates airline has received more than 500 international awards for excellence.

Its fleet of 177 wide-bodied aircraft includes eight freighters and is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of less than 77 months. The airline continuously replaces old aircraft with newer ones and has frequently been the first to sign up for new developments in aviation design and technology. Emirates has orders for an additional 230 aircraft, worth more than USD$84 billion.

Emirates’ global network now features services to 125 destinations in 74 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, North America, South America, and the Asia-Pacific.

Since the beginning of 2011, Emirates has increased its European network to 31 destinations, with new services operating to Geneva (1st June), Copenhagen (1st August), St Petersburg (1st November), Dublin (January 2012), Barcelona (3rd July 2012) and Lisbon (9 July 2012).

Emirates currently operates 70 flights per week to Dubai from Australia – from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok. One service daily from Brisbane operates via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur. From 1st November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from 1st February 2013.

Emirates operates 28 flights per week to New Zealand – daily to Christchurch from Sydney, and daily to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Emirates has one of the world's most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can check in 30 kg, Business Class travellers 40 kg and First Class passengers can travel with 50 kg of checked baggage.

For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to www.emirates.com/au.
Renee Makowiecki
P: 03 8643 1634
M: 0410 543 809
W: www.emirates.com/au


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