Your guide to the hol­i­days

Busy time ahead for malls and air­lines

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shab­nam Bashiri @Shab­namBashiri

UAE re­tail­ers and air­lines are gear­ing up for one of the busiest hol­i­day sea­sons of the year as Eid Al Adha ap­proaches.

Dubai car­rier Emi­rates is ex­pect­ing to carry more than 250,000 pas­sen­gers over the long Eid week­end.

With the pub­lic sec­tor en­joy­ing a five-day break, the pri­vate sec­tor three days – and schools closed all week – it promises to be a bumper hol­i­day sea­son for many.

“Close to 90,000 cus­tomers will travel on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9,” Emi­rates an­nounced in a state­ment.

The top va­ca­tion spots that trav­ellers are head­ing to over the Eid hol­i­days in­clude Karachi, Mum­bai, Lon­don, Am­man and Beirut.

Other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions on the list in­clude Mal­dives, Mau­ri­tius, Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur and Ger­many.

Emi­rates ad­vises trav­ellers to ar­rive at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port at least three hours be­fore flight de­par­ture to avoid any un­nec­es­sary de­lays.

“On­line check-in is avail­able 48 hours be­fore flight de­par­tures while check-in coun­ters in Dubai open six hours be­fore flight de­par­ture.”

Emi­rates warned that cus­tomers check­ing-in less than an hour be­fore de­par­ture, re­gard­less of class of travel, will be not be ac­cepted.

Mean­while, for those stay­ing in the UAE, shop­ping malls will be open slightly longer than usual to ac­com­mo­date Eid Al Adha cel­e­bra­tions. City Cen­tre Mirdif and Deira City Cen­tre, along with Mall of Emi­rates will have re­tail out­lets open un­til mid­night, while the food courts closes at 1am, from the Septem­ber 9 to 17, mall op­er­a­tor Ma­jid Al Fut­taim said.

The Mall of Emi­rates and City Cen­tre Deira Cen­tre will also be over­flow­ing with a line-up of en­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren that will be show­cased five times daily, one of the high­lights is The Couch, which is de­scribed as “a re­al­is­tic mov­ing and talk­ing statue sit­ting on a sofa,” said Ma­jid Al Fut­taim.

Other per­for­mances will al­low the crowd to par­tic­i­pate in what is de­scribed as “ac­tion­packed and hu­mor­ous el­e­ments”.

HOL­I­DAY TIME: Air­ports across the UAE will be swarm­ing with trav­ellers over the Eid pe­riod

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