Flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, will expand its network into the foothills of the Ural Mountains on October 16, when the airline begins flights to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: "Staying true to flydubai's promise to offer new and interesting destinations, Yekaterinburg has much to attract both business and leisure travellers.
"Trade between Russia and the UAE has grown considerably in recent years and the addition of a direct air link with the commercially important city of Yekaterinburg will help strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
"Yekaterinburg has a special place in Russian history but is also very forward looking. Visitors to the city will be sure to experience a taste of the rich culture of this fascinating country, both past and present." Yekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, is located to the east of the Ural Mountains and is the administrative centre of the Sverdlovsk Oblast region.
One of Russia's largest cities, Yekaterinburg has a unique architectural flavour, featuring more than 600 monuments.
The city is perhaps most associated with the doomed Romanov imperial dynasty and the Russian Revolution.
The flydubai service to Yekaterinburg will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from October 16, with flight FZ901 departing Dubai at 0900hrs and arriving in Russia at 1615hrs local time. Return flight FZ902 will depart Yekaterinburg at 1715hrs and arrive in Dubai at 2030hrs. Flights from Dubai start at Dh 1150, with flights from Yekaterinburg from $400.