Ethiad has announced that it will be starting Abu Dhabi to Tripoli flights this week as it looks to widen its service portfolio. The airline said that flights between the Libyan capital and the United Arab Emirate's second-largest city are to take place three times per week. This could be good news for people considering property investment in the Middle East as it is likely that more people visit the UAE following the move. James Hogan, Etihad's chief executive officer, said that he and the rest of the company are "delighted" to launch the service to Tripoli. "Libya is a beautiful country that over the coming months and years will have much to offer both business and leisure travellers," he explained. "Tripoli is Etihad Airways' fifth African destination and marks the first time these two Arab capitals have been commercially linked by air." It comes after the Irish Times reported that Dublin to Abu Dhabi passenger numbers are on the rise.