Dubai: With Eid just around the bend, the rush at Dubai International Airport has seen bumper-to-bumper traffic heading towards Terminals 1 and 3.
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Social media users have reported heavy traffic leading towards the major international gateways in the UAE — in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Over 1.9 million passengers are expected to pass through Dubai International Airport during the heightened traffic of Eid holiday, according to Dubai Airports.
Extra staff had been assigned to cope with the rush alongside an exciting array of activities, promotions and entertainment in the build-up to the Eid holiday rush.
With Eid coinciding with schools across the UAE closing for the summer, the emirate is anticipating heavy traffic during the week.
The busiest day for departures to be Friday,June 23rd with over 76,000 departing passengers while June 30 will be the busiest day for total traffic, i.e. departing, arriving and connecting, with over 262,000 customers.
As is the case during each peak traffic season, Dubai Airports, in collaboration with airlines and other partners at DXB, is taking a number of steps to ensure passenger volumes don’t affect service.
Dubai Airports said they will augment staff levels and employ passenger flow monitoring technology that allows the airport, airlines and control authorities to detect and deploy staff to areas of high passenger concentration.
The airport’s new smart gate technology, which allows the use of Emirates ID cards upon arrival and departure, will scale down immigration transaction times to 10-15 seconds and alleviate congestion at immigration points.
Majed Al Joker, VP of Terminal operations, Dubai International Airport, has commended the collaborative efforts made by the teams working at Dubai airports along with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s, DCAA, strategic partners, to ensure the best levels of services and comfort for all passengers
He singled out the clear-cut instructions made by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the DCAA, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, to render travel through Dubai a wonderful and indelible experience for all travelers.