Dubai Airports issues advisory due to massive tourists from UK flocking to city

As the Half-term break is dominating for families across Britain, an advisory has been issued by Dubai Airports to look after the British visitors in Dubai who are flocking to the city to enjoy their vacations.

As the Half-term break is dominating for families across Britain, an advisory has been issued by Dubai Airports to look after the British visitors in Dubai who are flocking to the city to enjoy their vacations.

They expect a hectic 10-day period, with many schools across the UK breaking up for half-term on Friday, October 21.

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Pupils will then have Monday, the 24 and Friday, the 28, off before returning to class on Monday, October 31.

Exact dates vary, with some British schools taking half-term between Monday, October 17 and Friday, October 21 instead.

So the 10-day warning is in place to factor in the potential lag or overlap between each school getaway. 

Dubai UK tourists: How many people are expected at DXB?

Passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport (DXB) are rapidly rising towards 2019 levels, making seasonal peaks their busiest since the pandemic.

The Dubai Airports authority said some 2.1 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between October 21 and October 30.

That would see average daily traffic figures hit a whopping 215,000 passengers.

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October 30 is expected to be the busiest day, just in time for Halloween, with daily traffic due to exceeding 259,000 passengers.

Dubai UK tourists: Travel advice

Dubai Airports urged travellers to try a few simple tips to beat the holiday rush.

They include:

  • Be aware of the latest travel regulations before reaching the airport.
  • Children over 12 can use Smart Gates to speed up passport control.
  • If flying from DXB Terminal 1, arrive no earlier than three hours before departure. Use online check-in when available.
  • If flying from DXB Terminal 3, use Emirates’ early and self-service check-in facilities.
  • Weigh luggage at home and check travel documents in advance.
  • Use the Dubai Metro to go to and from the airport.
  • Friends and family are advised to use designated car parks or valet services to receive guests.

 

Tariq Saeed

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