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GCC prepares for increased Eid traffic

Emirates expects more than 300,000 passengers to travel out of the UAE in September

GCC prepares for increased Eid traffic

Qatar and the UAE have announced anticipated increased traffic numbers as nationals and residents look to travel over this coming Eid Al Adha weekend.

Following the announcement of the Eid public holidays in the UAE, Emirates said it expected more than 300,000 passengers to travel out of the UAE in September and the Eid period. More than 76,000 travelled with the Dubai-based carrier on September 18 last, with overall figures representing an increase of almost 65%.

The top destinations for UAE travellers include Dhaka, Mumbai, London, Karachi and Cairo, with short haul travel will accounting for 52% of the airline's bookings. The airline said it expects to have over 20,000 Hajj travellers during the pilgrimage period.

On the inbound front and throughout September and the Eid Al Adha period, Emirates is expecting over 190,000 passengers to arrive into Dubai from destinations in the UK, India, Germany, Australia, US and South Africa.

Similarly, Hamad International Airport in Doha is expecting peak travel from tomorrow and arrivals from September 27 to 30.

The airport, which is the base for Qatar Airways, has advised any passengers travelling to arrive at the airport three hours before their departure time with check-in closing 60mins prior.

In Dubai, meanwhile, an extra 189 traffic police officers will be on duty this week in preparation for the Eid Al Adha holiday. Col Jamal Al Bannai, acting director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, told The National that the extra presence is hoped to have a positive effect on traffic in the emirate.

“The traffic department will double its efforts during the Eid Al Adha holiday to ensure everyone’s safety,” Col Al Bannai said. “We hope that everything will run smoothly over this period and that there will be a decrease in road incidents.”

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