Dubai Customs geared up to handle Haj rush

DUBAI — With 31,285 people expected to fly on 97 flights from Dubai International Airport to Saudi Arabia for performing Haj this season, Dubai Customs is fully geared up to ease the inspection procedures.

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Published: Sat 13 Nov 2010, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:58 PM

Not only have certain gates been specified for receiving pilgrims, but also special teams equipped with the needed tools are formed to handle departure process and avoid any delay. Dubai Customs teams will also be present on pilgrims’ arrival back from Haj.

Ali Al Mugahwi, Director of Airport Operations at the Customs, said that Dubai Customs is a member of the Haj Higher Committee. “The committee is fully alert to simplify pilgrims’ movement during departure, transit and arrival.”

Official statistics show that 25,017 pilgrims will fly to Saudi Arabia on 79 Emirates Airlines flights this Haj season through Dubai Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 while 6,268 other pilgrims will fly on 18 Saudi Airlines flights.

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