We arrived in Dubai on the Thursday 15th December late evening 10.30 ish. I have never seen such a busy passport control area, there must have been over 20 lines open with half that in officers!! In each line there were at least 200 people waiting, this kept growing as the hours passed.
There seems to have been an influx of people from India and Sri Lanka moving to Dubai as almost all lines were full of them all holding lots of paper work. ! Many would queue then spend AGES at the desk only to be sent back to the visa desk to sort something out, they would then come back and push in at the front which was causing major arguments.
It appears to be the most innefficient airport I have ever been to, we were there well over 2 hrs and no place to get water that I saw. When we eventualy got through I Opened my passport and a min later I was through.
I really think there should be a separate line for people who are moving to a country and need lots of visa stuff and papers looked at. As a tourist in another country I fully expect time to be spent on passport control but this was a night mare .
It was almost 1 am when I finaly got out the airport.
Really puts me off returning to Dubai. Someone told me that Thursday and Friday night is always like this ?
What was your experience ?