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Published on : Monday, September 5, 2016
A senior official of Dubai International Airports said that the very first Haj flight had taken off to Saudi Arabia from Dubai from this airport’s Terminal 1. The flight carried 400 pilgrims, according to the official.
During the season of Haj, about 12 additional flights would be operating to Saudi Arabia from Dubai.
Mohammed Al Marzouqi, head, Haj Committee, Dubai Airports said that Saudi Arabian Airlines would arrange for four additional return flights for the purpose of carrying pilgrims. Emirates would be operating eight additional flights for Haj passengers who would travel from Dubai to Saudi Arabia.
Al Marzouqi said that about 16,000 people are expected to make a stop in Dubai prior to heading towards Haj.
All the terminals of Dubai International Airport are being prepared to make the flight operations comfortable for the pilgrims leaving from and also arriving in Dubai.
Al Marzouqi said that Terminal 1 would have eight counters while 14 counters would be available for Terminal 3 for the Haj passengers.
He also said that about 2,500 Emiratis as well as expats who have been residing in Dubai are planning to perform Haj in 2016. He went on to add that 4,800 pilgrims are leaving for Haj from the other emirates. Out of them, about 380 are expats.
The pilgrims who are staying in the UAE are scheduled to return to Dubai on 16th September by Saudi Arabian Airline. Within 16th September and 17th September, the Haj pilgrims are expected to return by the Emirates flight.
Once they arrive, pilgrims can fetch their luggage from conveyor belts that would be placed near the exit gates.
The airline authorities would arrange for golf carts in order to transport the elderly or people who are handicapped inside the airport premises.
Al Marzouqi has said that a group of airport personnel have been deployed to enable pilgrims to travel around the airport.
A system would also be provided for medical check-up at the airports before Haj pilgrims can take their flights.
Marzouqi said that the pilgrims would be offered goods like tiny Qurans, umbrellas and sanitizers.