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You May Want To Reach The Airport Early This Weekend

Now that the summer season has started, Dubai International Airport(DXB) is expecting its busiest weekend ahead and passengers have been informed to reach the airport early.

More than one million are predicted to visit DXB

During this weekend, Dubai International Airport is predicted to receive 1.1 million passengers since it’s the peak season for travel. Eugene Barry, EVP Commercial, Dubai Airports said “The weekend of the 5 to 8 July is anticipated to be a busier time as the majority of local schools are breaking up for the summer. We expect during those few days to welcome over 1.1m travellers.”

DXB received nearly 37m passengers in five months

Dubai International Airport welcomed 36,943,613 million passengers for the first five months of 2018, a marginal 0.1% contraction from the same time period last year, which welcomed 36,969,594 passengers. That’s an average of 7.4 million visitors per month. In May, a total of 6.5 million passengers visited DXB, down from 3.8% last May, which was expected since it was the holy month of Ramadan.

Passenger traffic is expected to cross 90m by 2020

From 47.2 million passengers in 2010 to a whopping 88.2 million passengers in 2017, over the years, the passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport has risen drastically and it’s expected to increase to 90 million passengers in 2020 ahead of the mega event, Expo 2020. Also, Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, followed by London’s Heathrow Airport(73.2m passengers) and Hong Kong International(72.5m passengers).

Recently DXB opened its first Emirati restaurant

If you’re travelling this weekend through Terminal 3, you can check out the first Emirati restaurant at DXB, S34 Gahwa Mezza Bar, providing a traditional Emirati culinary experience. Some of the restaurant’s special main course dishes are ‘Ras El Hanout’ lamb shoulder, meaty kibbeh flan and the moussaka, while the traditional gahwa coffee and Karak tea will suit those looking for a warm beverage before boarding their flight.

New laws have made transit visas free for the first two days

Statistics by Dubai Airports reveal that 70% of passengers at the Dubai International Airport are transit passengers. The transit visa initially cost 150 dhs, valid for three days. However, at a recent UAE Cabinet meeting, they agreed to make the transit visa-free for the first two days, meaning that transit tourists will pay only 50 dhs for the visa.