First flight for Hajj pilgrims scheduled to take off to Saudi Arabia from Dubai on July 31
Dubai airports are preparing to send 6,626 people on the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year, with 2,000 travellers expected from Dubai alone.
Mohammad Al Marzouqi, head of terminal at Dubai Airports, revealed the first flight out of Dubai will be from July 31, according to a report in Khaleej Times.
Dedicated check-in counters, special immigration counters and special security machines by the Dubai Police are in place for Haj passengers at all the three terminals of the Dubai Airports, the report said.
Separate gates for pilgrims departing from Dubai to Jeddah and Madinah have been set up.
Al Marzooqi is quoted as saying: “Passengers must make sure their documentation is in place as per the Haj requirements and that they have their valid vaccine cards with them. Also they should be at the airport at least four hours prior to the departure to be able to finish their check-in process comfortably. We are also arranging free medical check-up for them at the airport and will also be giving out umbrellas, Quran copies, chocolates and first aid kits before they board their Haj flights.”