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Emirates expects rush of Dubai visitors for NYE, shopping festival

Dubai airline says 174,000 passengers are set to arrive in emirate this week, with Jan 2 the busiest day

Emirates expects rush of Dubai visitors for NYE, shopping festival

Travel is expected to reach an all-time high at the end of this week for Emirates Airline, as visitors flock into Dubai for New Year’s celebrations and the upcoming Dubai Shopping Festival.

Excluding transit passengers, over 174,000 people are expected to arrive into Dubai from Monday until just after New Year’s Day, Emirates said in a statement.

In addition, more than 103,000 travellers will be making their way to Emirates’ dedicated Terminal 3 facilities in just the three days between January 2-4, to depart Dubai, the airline added.

The busiest day to the start of 2016 is expected to be on Saturday January 2, Emirates predicted.

Mohammed H Mattar, divisional senior vice president, Emirates Airport Services said: “With another record breaking week coming up, we want to ensure that passing through the airport is as stress-free as possible.

"During the upcoming busy travel period, passengers should provide plenty of time for airport check-in and security screening, and factor in more time into their travel plans to ensure they arrive to their gates on time.”

Emirates urged customers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight departs, and factor in extra time to arrive to the airport in case they experience heavy road traffic heading to Terminal 3.

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