According to Emirates, the busiest day for travel is expected to be Friday, December 11. High passenger traffic is expected to start today and will run through December 21.

As per Emirates’ latest booking figures, more than 200,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dubai International Airport during the Christmas holiday period as UAE residents and citizens head home or to other destinations.

Emirates has created a checklist to facilitate smoother travel for the passengers through Dubai airport:

  • Check the latest travel requirements to booked destination.
  • Leave for the airport early to avoid delays with expected traffic congestion coming into Terminal 3.
  • Reach the airport at least three hours prior to flying time. Passengers physically checking in at the airport must check in no later than three hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel.
  • Travellers who present themselves less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel.
  • Check in online 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.
  • Emirates passengers who check-in online should visit the airline’s check-in counters at the airport to collect their boarding pass and to verify travel documents required for each destination country.
  • Customers are also urged to use the convenient self check-in and bag drop kiosks for a more seamless airport experience.
  • Use Emirates’ biometric path for a contactless journey from specific check-in desks in Terminal 3 to boarding gates, with less document checks and less queuing. Immigration formalities have also been streamlined with biometrics and facial recognition activated at both the smart gates and tunnel.
  • Passengers should check the latest Covid-19 travel and specific testing requirements for their destination here
  • Emirates passengers can avail special rates on Covid-19 PCR test certificates at clinics across Dubai by presenting their ticket or boarding pass. Home or office testing is also available, with results in 48 hours.