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That Emirates instagram competition is fake

A competition set up by an account called ‘EMIRATESPROMOTION’ on instagram is promising their ‘first 20,000 followers’ and their respective plus ones a trip to Dubai, courtesy of the airline, if they “share our page and tag & mention #EmiratesPromotion” on their feed is fake. 

The account has already amassed more than 10,000 followers, and, at time of publication, is following back 3,011 instagram users.

Under the hashtag “#emiratespromotion” there are close to 40,000 screenshots of the dreamworthy prize promise, but last week, when Emirates heard of the competition, they posted the following statement on their Facebook page:

"To all our fans, Emirates has three official social media channels which are:

www.facebook.com/emirates
www.google.com/+Emirates
www.youtube.com/Emirates

When we launch competitions or new social media channels, you will be the first to know via our Facebook, G+ or YouTube channels and on emirates.com.

Thank you for your continued support
Emirates"

So, no, the airline is not flying 40,000 people to Dubai - their shout. 

It's OK, we feel for it too, hashtagging and @’ing the account - with ‘SEE YOU SOON DUBAI XXX’, no less -  just in case it was real. Better luck next time, we guess.  

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An earlier version of this article was uncertain whether the competition was real or fake. Now, we know. Emirates also contacted us personally with the following statement: 

"Emirates Airline does not have an official Instagram account. Any Emirates-related accounts or promotions on Instagram do not belong to us."



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