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DXB braces for exceptionally busy weekends

Dubai Airports has urged travelers to stay abreast of the latest travel regulations and plan their journeys as DXB is preparing for what could be the hub’s busiest weekends so far this year. The world’s busiest international airport is expecting to handle more than a million passengers over the next 11 days (August 12-22) with daily peaks averaging 100,000 passengers during weekends.

The surge is the outcome of a coinciding of the seasonal peak at the end of the summer holidays when families travel back to the UAE with recent changes in travel regulations for the UAE affecting several countries. The UAE recently eased travel regulations for inbound and transit passengers from several Asian and African countries including India, while the UK upgraded the UAE to its ‘Amber’ list of countries opening travel for certain category of travelers.

Considering that travel requirements have changed globally over recent weeks and months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai Airports strongly urges all customers to:


  • Always check with their airline for information on travel requirements specific to their journey.
  • Confirm the terminal their flight is arriving into/departing from before coming to the airport.
  • Make sure they are aware of and meet the travel requirements of the country they are traveling to (including a negative PCR test report before the start of their journey).
  • Use the airport’s ample designated parking areas or valet service to receive their guests in comfort. Stopping vehicles to pick up guests from the arrivals forecourt is a traffic violation and causes congestion in and around the terminal.
  • Ensure they always wear a protective face mask and maintain physical distancing at the airport.
  • Abstain from traveling or visiting public places and seek medical advice if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Ensure that their travel documents (passport and Visa) are updated and valid before heading to the airport.
  • Say their goodbyes at home to help avoid crowding at the terminal forecourt.

Dubai Airports is working closely with its service and commercial partners including 55 international carriers, 100 plus food and beverage and retail outlets, and control and health authorities, to ensure the well-being and comfort of the customers.


DXB is taking comprehensive measures to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of customers and staff across its facilities. These measures include periodic cleaning, facilitating the testing of inbound passengers and vaccination of airport staff, social distancing markers, providing hand sanitiser stations around the airport, use of protective plexiglass at check-in and immigration counters, availability of PPE and facilities for the safe disposal and handling of biohazard material (PPEs), in addition to increased levels of sanitisation in compliance with international standards as set out by relevant local and federal authorities.

Dubai retains title with the largest number of international passengers for 2016


Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers with annual traffic reaching 83.6 million passengers in 2016, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

DXB’s annual traffic in 2016 totalled 83,654,250 passengers, compared to 78,014,838 in 2015, up 7.2 per cent. The surge of travellers during the holiday season boosted monthly traffic in December to 7,706,351, up 9.3 per cent compared to 7,053,243 recorded in December 2015.

During 2016 a number of new airlines, including Nepal Airlines and Rossiya, launched services to DXB, while 11 new passenger destinations were added to the hub following network expansion by flydubai, Emirates and other carriers.

India continued to lead as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2016 with 11,440,215 passengers in 2016, up 10.1 per cent compared to 10,391,376 recorded in 2015. Saudi Arabia took the second spot with 6,086,158 passengers (+11.3 per cent) just marginally overtaking the UK at 6,061,342 (+6.7 per cent). Among cities, London took the top spot with 3,751,596 passengers, while Doha clocked 2,999,762 passengers followed by Mumbai with 2,357,103 passengers.

DXB also leads the way globally in terms of the average number of passengers per flight which reached 209 during 2016, up 4 per cent from the same period in 2015.

Aircraft movements in 2016 reached 418,220 compared to 406,705 in 2015, up 2.8 per cent.

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