FLY WITH EMIRATES TO NEW YORK – ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CITIES
The adorable Big Apple in the United States of America has exhilarated millions of people over its rich and diverse history and is often voted one of the world’s greatest cities.
Emirates has direct flights through Dubai and passengers from Zambia and Zimbabwe can book business and economy class flights to “The City That Never Sleeps”.
Once your flight to New York lands, stroll around Downtown, the centre of world finance on Wall Street or venture amidst the commerce and chaos of Times Square in Midtown. Around you, there’s the green spaces of Central Park and the posh homes of the Upper West Side, further up the island of Manhattan. And don’t forget Brooklyn, the spot in New York where culture comes together and where you will find everything, from the best new bands to the coolest new restaurants.
It is no wonder legendary directors such as Nora Ephron and Woody Allen found such inspiration here. From the yellow cabs hustling from street to street, to the Manhattan skyline dominated by the Empire State Building, New York feels familiar even if you’re coming here for the first time.
People from all cultures walk the streets, or ride the subway system, chatting in different languages – some on holiday, some on business trips, some travelling to and from home. It’s both a melting pot and a welcoming place. Because of the city’s cosmopolitan nature, you’ll find a huge variety of cuisines here. You can get pretty much anything that takes your fancy, from delectable French food to cheap and cheerful dim sum.
And of course, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a slice of pizza. Just ask the locals – they’ll have strong opinions about where to get the best pie.
It’s that incredible pride in their home that really gives the city an edge. New Yorkers are known for their self-confidence, sure, but they are also knowledgeable and proud to tell you their story.
Be sure to rub shoulders with as many locals as you can. The range of accommodation from which to base your own fairy tale of New York is extreme, from the quirky hostels in Brooklyn to the lavish Central Park-facing brand hotels.
So, what are you waiting for?
Discover natural beauty in the Garden State
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and visit the Jersey Shore for a day of lounging and swimming. New Jersey has 227km of stunning coastline and it is called the Garden State for good reason.
There’s an abundance of lush nurseries, vineyards and orchards to explore. Or you can take in breath-taking views by hiking some of the 3,500km Appalachian Trail.
Visit the Film Forum
Head here if you need to take a break from touring the city.
Film Forum screens movies you can’t catch anywhere else – from monochrome classics to indie hits that will impress your friends. It’s on 209 West Houston Street.
Relax in Prospect Park
Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux took what they learned designing Central Park and applied it to this 585-acre space in Brooklyn. Walk the 5km drive that circles the space or wander through the fields and wooded paths to beautiful lakeside views. Don’t miss the Brooklyn Botanical Garden right across the street.
Walk the Williamsburg Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge might be more iconic, but the Williamsburg Bridge has brilliant views without the crowds, combining lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. You could even take the subway to the Williamsburg side of the bridge, then zigzag back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan on all three bridges (about 10km).
Soak up the atmosphere at Times Square
Times Square is the beating heart of New York. In recent years, city officials have made an effort to make it more pedestrian-friendly, limiting car traffic in favour of places to sit and walk. You won’t need more than half an hour or so to check out the scene and soak up the atmosphere.
Explore the High Line
Take an abandoned, elevated train track, add $150 million and hire landscape geniuses Diller Scofidio and Renfro. What do you get? One of the most unique parks on the planet, stretching more than two kilometres through Chelsea. There’s a free walking tour every Tuesday and Saturday.
See the views from the Empire State Building
If it’s good enough for King Kong, it’s good enough for us! There isn’t a better view of the city than from the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building.
Choose the Main Deck and Top Deck Express package, which allows you to skip the lines.
Emirates flies four times a day from Dubai to New York using its iconic A380 aircraft.
On the Lusaka-Dubai route, Emirates passengers can enjoy more world class in-flight services aboard the larger Boeing 777-300ER of First Class private suites with electronically operated doors to ensure privacy, flat bed, including a mini-bar and work desk, while Business Class features sleeperettes, and Economy Class comfortable and spacious seats. Across all cabins the aircraft is fitted with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system, with over 2,000 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, TV shows, music, audio books and games.
Customers can also enjoy the famous on-board hospitality from Emirates’ multi-national cabin crew, including Zambian nationals, as well as generous baggage allowances, with 50 kg for First Class, 40 kg for Business Class and 30 kg for Economy Class.
Those travelling with children can take advantage of the extensive family offering from priority boarding across all airports to special kids’ meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive toys and activity bags on board. Travellers can reach more than 150 destinations across six continents taking advantage of Emirates’ expanding network. EK 713 departs Lusaka every day at 21:35hrs, arriving in Dubai at 06:40hrs the next day.. It departs Dubai at 09:30hrs and lands in Lusaka at 14:40hrs.
For visa information contact the US Embassy at the eastern end of Kabulonga Road, Ibex Hill, Lusaka or email VisaLusaka@state.gov
For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, please contact your travel agent, visit www.emirates.com/zm or visit the Emirates office in Acacia Park, Great East Road, Lusaka. Telephone +260 211 258484.