With the confirmation of the official Eid Al Adha dates by UAE authorities earlier this week, citizens and residents are set to enjoy a one-day working week and a six-day weekend next week.

Given the long break, there are expected to be high volumes of passengers travelling through Dubai Airport this weekend.

So much so, Emirates Airline is urging travellers to check-in for their flights “as early as possible”, particularly this weekend, July 16 and July 17, ahead of the Eid Al Adha break.

Due to health and safety precautions in place for COVID-19, a statement issued by the Dubai-based airline explained that check-in processes could be longer than usual and passengers are advised to check-in no later than three hours prior to their departure.

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Similarly, it was outlined that passengers who turn up “less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel”.

While many opt for online check-in, which opens 48 hours prior to your flight’s departure, given the extra travel documents that are currently needed to fly – i.e. vaccination certificate, health form to the country you’re travelling to and negative PCR test results, these need to be verified at check-in desks or contactless kiosks in the airport, regardless of whether you check-in online or not.

Also, keep in mind that gates will open 90 minutes prior to your departure time and will close 20 minutes before take-off, so ensure you have enough time to get to your gate for your long-awaited holiday.

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