Dubai Airports has issued an advisory for passengers to ease their travel through the airport as the seasonal rush is expected to hit peak at Dubai International this weekend. Between Thursday and Sunday, DXB will welcome an estimated one million passengers, making it one of the busiest periods in the airport’s history.
By arriving early to the airport and using the smart traveller tips, passengers can beat the rush and breeze through travel formalities to reach their gates to enjoy the wide range of international food & beverage options, world-class retail, lounges, and spa services that are available at DXB round the clock.
- Arrive early at the airport. It is best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
- Leave extra time for your journey to the airport as the roads will be very busy. Please say your goodbyes at home.
- Check with the airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kgs will not be accepted at check-in. You should expect to be charged for baggage in excess of the limit set by your respective airline.
- It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your check-in baggage. However, if you have to carry LAGs in your hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
- Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
- Be sure to check which airport/terminal you are departing from before leaving home.
- Beat the queues by checking-in online or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to Immigration.
- Using the e-Gate card helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure. An eGate Card can be obtained from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs (immigration) for a fee. GDRFA have an eGate office in the departure areas of all terminals.