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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 July 2018

Dubai International Airport to welcome more than one million visitors in four days

The airport is set for its busiest period of the year

Airport passengers are being warned about the consequences of being in possession of prescription drugs . AFP 
Airport passengers are being warned about the consequences of being in possession of prescription drugs . AFP 

It is already the busiest airport in the world – and now Dubai International Airport is set to welcome more than one million travellers in just four days.

The airport is expecting more than 90 million visitors to pass through its doors this year, with a huge surge expected during the summer months.

Airport bosses have said that June 28 will mark the start of a hugely demanding period for staff, who are bracing themselves for an estimated one million visitors from July 5 to 8, a period in which schools break up and families prepare to jet off all over the globe.

To handle that many passengers in such a concentrated period, departments across the airport began preparations many weeks ago, learning from previous years and a wealth of experience.

Eugene Barry, executive vice president for commercial operations at the airport, said: “We are about to face the busiest days of the year here at Dubai International. It is predicted that June 28 is going to be the first of our busy days during the summer holiday. The weekend of July 5 to 8 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 more than 1.1 million travellers.”

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“The message to anyone travelling over the busy time is simple: plan your journey, arrive to the airport early and make the maximum use of your time here before you depart from DXB this year."

Essa Al Shamsi, vice president of terminal operations, said: “For those travelling in the next few days, we would advise passengers to get to the airport early and encourage them to use the latest technologies we recently added, like the Smart Gates, to expedite their journey.”