Your guide to the holidays
Busy time ahead for malls and airlines
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