Flying out of Dubai this weekend? Watch out for these road closures
If you're travelling from Dubai International Airport this weekend, you might want to leave for the airport a bit (A LOT) earlier.
According to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, two lanes of the airport tunnel will be closed on Friday, June 29 from 12.30am to 11am.
The closure is set to continue for the next 22 weeks – until Friday, November 16.
With schools set to close for the summer later today, the Dubai Airport is preparing for one of it's busiest weekends of the year.
"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 over 1.1m travellers," explains Dubai Airports EVP Commercial Eugene Barry.
Stressing? Don't. Well, not too much. According to Dubai Airports VP Terminal Operations Essa Al Shamsi, a number of initiatives have been set up to try and ensure seamless travel.
"Preparations within the airport for the upcoming peak have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks. The entire operations team has been working closely with all our service partners to ensure a seamless journey for customers, from the moment they arrive at DXB to the moment they leave. 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," Al Shamsi explains.
To try help you make your flight tomorrow, we have devised a list that aims to not only help you hopefully arrive on time but to help you survive the crowd...
1. Leave for the airport at least four hours before your flight
If we have learnt one thing about Dubai it’s to never under estimate its traffic…
2. Pack your suitcase the night before
We know, we know – you pack best when under stress but you don’t have time for that this weekend.
3. Bring headphones and a phone charger
The headphones will come in handy to block out the sounds of kids crying and the charger will, well, keep your phone alive.
4. Make sure you have everything before you leave
Check lists may sound lame but so is missing your flight because you forgot your passport at home.
5. Wear running shoes
You’ll thank us when you find yourself frantically power walking to make your flight.