Long queues at the Dubai International airport. Image Credit: File photo

Highlights

  • Spending a few days off abroad during the National Day holidays? Prepare to brave through huge crowds at the airport when you fly out on Friday
  • Make sure you arrive the airport at least three hours before your plane is scheduled to take off, to avoid any delays
  • If you have the extra money, you can opt for the home check-in service with Emirates

Dubai: Thousands of UAE residents are expected to fly out of Dubai tomorrow, Friday, to spend the holidays abroad, and people travelling are advised that the airports will be a lot busier.

The first day of the long weekend is expected to be the busiest in recent months, and passengers are advised to arrive at the terminal earlier than usual, preferably at least three hours before the scheduled departure.

“Due to the UAE National Day holidays this weekend, Dubai Airports will be busier than usual tomorrow, Friday 30th November,” Emirates said.

“We encourage customers to allow ample time to get to the airport and arrive at least three hours before flight departure.”

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Public and private sector employees will get to enjoy a four-day break this weekend, with December 2 and 3 being non-working holidays.

The UAE has lined up a host of activities to celebrate its 47th National Day, but many residents are expected to take advantage of the holidays to enjoy a short break abroad.

To avoid delays, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure. Some airlines, including Emirates, allow flyers to physically check in as early as six hours prior to take-off

2. Arrive at the boarding gate on time. Airlines strictly follow the schedule for gate closure to minimise flight delays and don’t accept flyers who turn up late.

3. Check in online to avoid long queues at the airport.

4. Make sure your luggage does not exceed weight limits.

5. For those flying with Emirates, there’s also a home check-in service available for flyers who have the extra money.