Dubai is expected to see a surge in travelers as the region gets busy with iconic sporting events, National Day long weekend and upcoming holidays
With a busy travel period starting tomorrow, the airline Emirates urged passengers to arrive at the airport up to three hours before their flight and use several smart services to complete check-in procedures.
Dubai is expected to see a surge in travelers as the region gets busy with iconic sporting events, the UAE National Day long weekend and upcoming holidays, the airline said in an advisory released Friday.
Those flying into the emirate’s airports include visitors to its myriad winter events – such as those attending the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, travelers heading to Doha for football matches and those arriving for the Emirates Dubai 7s, which takes place to welcome 5,500 athletes from 32 countries.
The UAE National Day will also see a lot of outbound travel as UAE residents enjoy the long weekend, and from December 16, Emirates expects the seasonal “super outbound peak” for the festive period.
In addition to arriving at the airport up to three hours before a flight, here are a few tips for a seamless travel experience:
1. Schedule everything in the Emirates app
Passengers are encouraged to download the Emirates app on their mobile phone to have all their flight details at their fingertips. Users can book and change flights, download a digital boarding pass for most destinations, check which meals are served on board, book their chauffeur service and even pre-select and schedule movies to watch through the ice inflight entertainment.
2. Sort your luggage in advance or check in at home
An excellent and free option – especially for families traveling with children – is to drop off the luggage the evening before departure. Passengers departing from Dubai can check in early and drop off their luggage at the airport 24 hours before departure, or 12 hours before departure if flying to the US or Tel Aviv, then arrive at the airport and proceed directly to immigration.
3. Check in online or remotely in Ajman
All passengers can check in online 48 hours before their flight via the online check-in option. With a few clicks, they can select a seat and preferred meal and take advantage of any last-minute upgrade options. At the airport you can easily drop off your luggage at the special baggage counters and download a digital boarding pass.
Those who start their journey from Ajman can also check in at Ajman Central Bus Terminal 24 hours a day. Passengers can check in up to 4 hours before flight departure, provide health documents, check in luggage and collect boarding passes, purchase a bus ticket for Dh20 and proceed directly to Emirates Terminal 3, with regular bus departures throughout the day from 4am to 11:30am. pm Upon arrival at the airport, travelers can continue to their flight.
4. Use self-check-in kiosks
A quick and easy option once at the airport are the self-check-in kiosks. Travelers can follow the steps on the touchscreen kiosk and complete the check-in process or operate the kiosk without touching a mobile phone.
5. Be smart with biometrics
For First and Business Class passengers, the Smart Tunnel at Dubai International Airport is a world first for passport control, where passengers simply walk through a tunnel and are cleared by immigration authorities without human intervention or the need for a physical passport stamp. All it takes to register is a quick photo at check-in to capture facial data
Passengers can also register to use the Smart Gates in Emirates Terminal 3 and speed through immigration every time they return to Dubai. Passengers who are citizens or residents of the UAE can use their passport, boarding pass or valid UAE ID. Smart Gates can also be used by GCC nationals or a visa-on-arrival visitor with a biometric passport.