A large increase in tourism is expected in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the wake of Eid al-Adha, one of the main Muslim festivities. National carrier Emirates is forecasting the busiest weekend in months, and Dubai’s entry requirements got updated to the state they were in before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citizens holding a passport of one of 70 selected countries now can get a visa on arrival to Dubai, a possibility that had been suspended when the lockdown was enforced.

Emirates issued a statement urging their customers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the flight, as high passenger numbers are expected. Coupled with social distancing requirements the situation is bound to create difficulties if not handled correctly.

Emirates plans to restart flights to Cairo, Tunis, Glasgow, and Malé, bringing its network to 52 destinations in July 2020. The airline is actively expanding its recovering network after Dubai’s announced the impending reopening for business and leisure travelers. 

A number of safety measures were implemented for the period, including distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to all customers, Emirates states. In addition, the airline said it has committed to cover all COVID-19 related expenses should its customer be diagnosed, which includes medical and funeral costs of up to €150,000. 

All policies come in addition to UAE’s requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken no more than 96 hours before the flight.

As soon as the demand for air travel plummeted around the world, the need for large aircraft, like the Boeing 747 or the Airbus A380, are suddenly not needed anymore. But could that provide some opportunity for Emirates to conserve some cash?