Dubai airports are shifting into high gear as they anticipate an impressive 2.4 million travelers over 11 days, thanks to the Eid Al-Adha holidays and schools’ summer break. This increased flow of travelers is expected to visit at an average rate of 214,000 travelers per day, between June 24th and July 4th, with July 2nd having the most daily passengers.
With these large numbers getting ready to descend upon the city and its airports, the Dubai Airports Company issued an advisory for people who intend to travel through Dubai International (DXB) in order to make the experience smoother and faster.
If a traveler is flying out of Terminal 1, they should arrive at the airport no earlier than three hours before their departure and use online check-in wherever available to save time.
Travelers flying out of Terminal 3 can use Emirate’s convenient early and self-service check-in facilities for easy access and shorter wait times.
Before heading to the airport, it’s better for travelers to weigh their luggage at home/hotel to avoid queues. They should also check their documents and be prepared for security checks ahead of time; this saves them from long waiting durations at the airport.
Some countries have regulations in place and documents such as proof of vaccination or COVID-19 PCR tests required to accept visitors; travelers need to be aware of these regulations and to have these documents as well as confirm their validity before reaching the airport.
If traveling families have children over the age of 12, these young ones can use Smart Gates at the passport control area.
It’s recommended that travelers commuting from or to the airport use the Dubai Metro, which has extended operating hours during the Eid holidays.
Why Were These Issued?
Dubai has been having an influx of travelers recently, especially since the DXB had recently reduced its capacity as part of the northern runway rehabilitation project, which has finally reopened on June 22nd.
This essentially means that DXB is getting ready to work again at full capacity, which will lead to longer queue times, however, the airport wants to alleviate that stress and wait times on its passengers leading to the release of this advisory.