Dubai Airport is going to be extremely busy this summer

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Flying home for the summer? Yep, you and a lot of other travellers.

Dubai International (DXB), which claims the crown of the world’s busiest airport, is expected to hit peak travel numbers over July and August.

More than 16 million people are set to fly in and out of Dubai in the coming weeks. For those of us who stay behind, hurrah, quiet roads. For those packing a suitcase – boo, busy terminals.

12 great ways to kill time at DXB airport

However, the constantly busy Dubai Airports has plenty of practice in ensuring crowds don’t equal chaos. From stepping out of the taxi to boarding the plane, there will be plenty of staff available to help passengers. Airport Operations Control Centre, the nerve centre of DXB, will use “advanced operations monitoring systems” to keep an eye on the flow of customers, bags and other services to anticipate pinch points and interruptions.

In the terminals, live concerts from the airport’s soon-to-be-announced musicDXB line-up of gigs and a team-up with Disney also mean fun and entertainment for passengers of ages.

Here’s how passengers can make their trip to the airport easier:

  • Check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into at or use Dubai Airports’ smartphone app
  • Arrive early – it’s best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control
  • Leave extra time for your journey to the airport as the roads can be very busy
  • Check with your airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance.
  • Packing liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry on? Make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag and no more than 100 millilitres in volume
  • Beat the queues by checking-in online and using quick-baggage drop counters
  • Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine
  • Use your Emirates ID or eligible passport to speed through the airport’s Smart Gates.
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