Emirates Airlines has successfully launched its service on the Dubai-Harare via Lusaka route. Several hundred spectators, travelers and VIP's attended the event at the Harare International Airport. The new service is expected to boost arrivals in the country and promote tourism which has suffered in recent years. The Dubai-Harare route is expected to support the import and export of a diverse range of commodities including machinery, textiles, clothing, electronics and pharmaceuticals. Imports are expected from markets like the United Arab Emirates, South East Asia, the Indian Sub-continent and Europe. Exports from Zimbabwe will include vegetables, fresh fruits and flowers to Europe, Far East and Australia. Minerals such as platinum and diamonds will be destined for European and Indian markets. Emirates currently employs 20 specialists in its city and airport offices while there are 87 Zimbabweans working for the airline across the world.