Dubai has opened one of the world’s largest and most modern in-house airport labs for processing of COVID-19 RT PCR tests at Dubai International (DXB) in a move it says is another major step in its efforts to further enhance safe international travel while accelerating the recovery of the travel sector.

The outcome of a close cooperation between Dubai Airports, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Pure Health, the state-of-the-art laboratory was inaugurated today (June 22) by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports.

Located close to Terminal 2, the 20,000 square-foot laboratory is a dedicated facility for around-the-clock processing of RT-PCR test samples collected from passengers at DXB.

Using latest WHO-standard COVID-19 RT-PCR testing equipment, the lab can process up to 100,000 samples per day and provide reliable results within a few hours.

The lab is equipped with negative and positive pressure rooms and is linked to government reporting platforms ensuring secure and easy sharing of information between health and regulatory authorities and airlines.

Describing the opening of the lab, which follows close on the heels of the announcement of the reopening of Terminal 1 and Concourse D after 15 months, as part of the preparations at DXB, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “The lab is a fine demonstration of Dubai’s collaborative approach to tackling complex challenges and achieving great results.”