September 26, 2023
Lifestyle Travel

Dubai International will handle 3 million travellers in 2-week period

Dubai Airports, the sole operator of two of Dubai emirate’s airports, Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), is collaborating closely with airlines, passenger control authorities, and commercial and service partners to ensure a smooth airport experience for the largely expatriate travellers returning to the UAE after spending their long summer vacation abroad. 

Dubai International aims to handle a projected 3.3 million travellers at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 over the next two weeks, just ahead of the start of the new UAE academic year.

With average daily traffic likely to reach 258,000 travellers, the August 26 and 27, 2023 weekend are expected to be the busiest two days for the three terminals, with an estimated culminated traffic of more than 500,000 travellers. 

For returning travellers

Dubai International has issued a travel advisory for returning travellers at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, including UAE residents and tourists:

  • Travellers between the ages of four and 12 can use dedicated passport control counters to complete their immigration control process upon arrival. 
  • Family groups and travellers over the age of 12 can use smart gates to speed up their immigration control process. 
  • Roads leading to and from the three terminals will get exceedingly busy during peak travel times so arriving travellers are urged to use the Dubai Metro stations at Terminals 1 and 3. 
  • Those picking up returning travellers should use Terminal 1’s car parks or valet services.
  • Access to the arrivals’ forecourts in Terminals 1 and 3 is limited to public transport.

Since Dubai International began commercial operations on September 30, 1960, passenger numbers have grown at an annual average growth rate of 13%. The airport is currently the world’s number-one airport for international passengers, a record it has held for the ninth year running. 

Dubai International currently has a capacity for 90 million passengers per annum, which is being increased to more than 118 million under a process enhancement project.

Arnold Pinto

Arnold Pinto

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