Saturday is likely to be a very busy day for Dubai International Airport (DXB) as the number of arrivals looks set to top 73,000. Dubai residents, as well as eligible visitors who arrive at the airport, are being advised to make use of the smart gates in order to make swift exits through immigration and make their journey simpler, according to a spokesperson for Dubai Airport.

Summer is coming to an end, and many people are returning from Eid holidays, which means that DXB will be welcoming 800,000 arrivals and an estimated total of as many as three million passengers between 20 and 31 August as the seasonal rush of holidaymakers coming back from summer breaks reaches a peak, according to the airport spokesperson. 

The operator of DXB, Dubai Airports, says that there has been a reduction in both waiting and travel time thanks to the launch of “realtimeDXB” recently, a cloud-based platform that is able to monitor airport operations and then make real-time visualisations of traffic flows.

Dubai Airports’ Airport Operations Control Centre Vice President Damian Ellacott earlier stated that the system marks a big step forward on the road to developing common situational awareness and that it will play a vital part in the implementation of new airport operations concepts, including the likes of Total Airport Management and Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM). One of the new system’s most vital features is the monitoring and visualising of activity in the airport, including the movement of aircraft and other vehicles, flight data information, turnaround and departure processes, arrivals, performance analysis, the status of aircraft stands, and alert generation. 

The use of advanced smart gates and real-time information is already helping to expand the experience of customers at DXB. In the first three months of this year, customer waiting time in the airport was reduced by as much as 30% in comparison to the same time period in 2018. In that six months, as many as 41,277,749 travellers passed through DXB, helping it to maintain its place as the biggest international airport by traffic volume in the entire world, even in spite of a fall of 5.6% when compared to the first six months of last year, something that was primarily caused by the southern runway being closed for refurbishment for 45 days. 35 million bags also passed through the advanced baggage system, which is 175 kilometres in length, during the first six months of 2019. 

Anyone who makes use of DXB to travel within the UAE or to fly to overseas destinations needs to take out travel insurance. Any number of unplanned and unfortunate circumstances can arise when travelling, from something as simple as a cancelled flight or an item of personal property being stolen to something as complex as being injured or falling ill while away from home, and travel insurance can protect the smart traveller from the otherwise adverse financial consequences of such incidents. 


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