Dubai airport prepares to welcome World Cup fans

Dubai International Airport, a major aviation hub, is preparing to facilitate transit travel for World Cup supporters ahead of the tournament from November, its manager said recently. By Travel + Leisure

The first-ever World Cup in a Middle Eastern country is due to start in Qatar on November 20 and will last until December 18.

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The Gulf States have agreed to reduce the administrative procedures for supporters in transit, in particular via the United Arab Emirates. “We are in the process of putting in place immigration procedures which should actually facilitate this transition between the two countries,” Dubai Airport chief Paul Griffiths said. AFP.

He said online check-in would mean normal procedures could be bypassed ‘and then you can get in and out very quickly’. Before the pandemic, Dubai was the world’s busiest airport for international passengers. Without specifying figures, Griffiths said there would be “a number of flights each day during the World Cup, carrying fans to and from Doha”, the Qatari capital, following requests from several airlines.

He said he also expected many people “to go back and forth and enjoy their free time in Dubai and back and forth just for the games”. Flights between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar resumed in January last year after a diplomatic reconciliation ended a boycott of more than three years.

In 2017, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting Islamist extremism. Griffiths also said he was optimistic about the prospects for Dubai Airport. In the first half, it handled 27.8 million passengers, an increase of more than 160% compared to the same period in 2021, according to a press release published on Wednesday. He said the latest figures showed traffic in the first half of the year at 67.5% of pre-pandemic, over the same period in 2019.

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Main image and feature film credit: Photography Giuseppe CACACE / AFP©

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