Record number of travellers to fly through Dubai during New Year’s celebrations

Unprecedented number of travellers are expected to pass through Dubai airports over the next few days as the New Year’s preparations kick off. Residents have been advised to leave home early if they are travelling from Dubai this New Year.

About 250,000 people are scheduled to arrive in  Dubai from December 28, 2017 to January 1, 2018, while 200,000 will be departing from Dubai during the same period. Also at the same time, another 350,000 flyers will be connecting through Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities.

Record number of travellers will fly through Dubai during New Year’s celebrations.
Record number of travellers will fly through Dubai during New Year’s celebrations. Photo courtesy: dubaiairports

Releasing a press statement, prominent airlines Emirates said, “The busiest time for departures will be starting on 1st January 2018 in the afternoon and continuing all day on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January.”

It added, “With road works and major infrastructure enhancements happening around the main airport highways and roads during this time, Emirates urges customers to build in extra time to their journeys to avoid potential delays.”

The airline reiterated that passengers should ideally arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to departure.

“Passengers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. Customers can also check in online on both their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure,” Emirates said.

More passengers will also mean longer queues at the check in, passport and security lines—online check-in will help. In order to save time at the airport, if you are travelling by Emirates airlines, you can also use the car park check-in facilities equipped with 16 check-in counters, located in Zone C at Terminal 3.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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