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75,000 People to Fly out of Dubai on Thursday and Friday

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Families flying out of Dubai for a summer break are preparing themselves for the airport’s busiest two days of the season – with some arriving four hours before take-off.

More than 75,000 will depart Dubai International Airport on Thursday and Friday, and the transport hub will already be busy with the usual arrivals and transfers.

Russian-Libyan expat Anwar Alwajia is travelling to Russia on Thursday on an Emirates flight that departs at 11am. The 16-year-old student, who is flying out with his mum and grandmother, said: “We will be leaving from our house at 6am.

“We have our grandmother travelling with us, so we don’t want to be stuck in a crowd or be stuck waiting in long lines.

“The quicker we get to the airport, the faster we can board the plane.”

Amina Zia, a 27-year-old Afghan expat in Dubai, is flying to Kabul on Friday with flydubai. She said she normally arrives two hours early, but she and her family will leave home about three hours before take-off.

The operations teams at Dubai Airports are also gearing up for the summer peak by adding support staff and ‘May I Help You’ staff at key touchpoints, such as immigration and security during the busiest periods.

Eugene Barry, the executive vice president of Commercial Group at Dubai Airports, said: “With many passengers leaving Dubai on vacation at this time, we want to ensure that everyone’s experience is as stress-free as possible.

“By arriving to the airport early, utilising the online check in facility offered by airlines, or using our website to track their flight, we would like to get passengers through their travel formalities and to the departure areas as smoothly as possible.”

Emirates Airline are also encouraging flyers to arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure. A statement from the carrier said passengers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel.


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