Flying out during Eid holiday rush? These smart travel tips will come in handy

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Flying out during Eid holiday rush? These smart travel tips will come in handy

Dubai - Dubai Airports is gearing up to tackle the passenger load

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Published: Wed 21 Jun 2017, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Wed 21 Jun 2017, 4:24 PM

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is lining up extra staff and readying an exciting array of activities, promotions and entertainment as it braces itself for the Eid holiday rush.
With Eid coinciding with onset of school holidays for summer across the UAE, Dubai Airports is anticipating heightened traffic during the week with over 1.9 million passengers expected to pass through DXB.
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The busiest day for departures will be Saturday, June 23 with over 76,000 departing passengers while June 30 will be the busiest day for total traffic (departing, arriving and connecting) with over 262,000 customers.
Bearing this in mind, Dubai Airports has issued holiday season smart travel tips to support passenger convenience during the holiday travel peak.

Smart travel tips

Be sure to check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into beforehand. Passengers can confirm with their airline or check
Arrive early at the airport. It is best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
Leave extra time for your journey to the airport as the roads will be very busy. Please say your goodbyes at home.
Check with the airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kg will not be accepted at check-in. You should expect to be charged for baggage more than the limit set by your respective airline.
It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your check-in baggage. However, if you must carry LAGs in your hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
Beat the queues by checking-in online or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to Immigration.
Remember to put anything metal - watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt - into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
UAE residents are encouraged to use Emirates ID cards at any smart gate which helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure. The smart gate service, which allows the use of Emirates ID cards upon arrival and departure, will reduce immigration transaction times to 10-15 seconds and alleviate congestion at immigration points.

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