Dubai International Airport plans to reopen its last remaining closed concourse in two weeks, allowing it to return to full capacity for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed.Sheikh Ahmed announced the news at a press briefing on Monday ahead of the Dubai Air Show which is set to take place on November 14.
The announcement also came a few days after the airport reclaimed its top spot as one of the world’s busiest international airports.
Dubai has been experiencing a surge in passenger traffic as the city’s peak tourist season begun and is set to go on until March next year. In addition, the city is also hosting Expo 2020 and the T20 World Cup, so it expects more tourists to visit for those events in the coming months.
The emirate’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic focused on “protecting the health and wellbeing of the people as a top priority, while minimizing the impact of the crisis on the nation’s economy,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
The United Arab Emirates has recorded a consistent drop in COVID-19 infections, recording an average of 70 to 90 cases per day. With over 90 percent of the population already vaccinated against the virus, the UAE has been gradually relaxing some coronavirus measures.
On Monday, the country recorded 78 new COVID-19 cases, 110 recoveries and no deaths in 24 hours, making it the third consecutive day with no new coronavirus-related deaths.