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Peak hour at T3 DXB!

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Peak hour at T3 DXB!

What are the peak hours flying into T3 at DXB.. last time I flew in around midnight and it was ridiculously busy... Kids were whinging..

This time I am flying in around 20:00 on a Thursday night.. will it be peak time?

Cant figure out if its worth booking Marhaba!

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1. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Our flights always land around midnight too and it's a nightmare. I'm not sure it's better at any given time of the day though.

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2. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Ive flown in early morning and thats been ok.. Through immigration in 30-45 mins

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3. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

We always take a night flight from LHR and arrive at DXB aroud 7-8am and the longest we've ever had to wait is around 30mins.

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4. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Faddy

Thursday night ? That's only going to make any queue worse than it would be any other night at that time - Marhaba for sure

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5. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

I know thats what i was thinking.. Looks like i better book marhaba so my wife can be swiftly transferred to golden sands aka jzs!! Hehe

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6. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

DXB is getting close to its capacity limits. Arriving peak hours are from around 2300 hours onwards. However you will be far away from being alone at 2000 hours.

Marhaba can help you. If you fly regularly to Dubai I would consider paying for the electronic gate. Costs you AED 200 for 2 years. There are special automatic finger scan gates. You will be through in a second.

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7. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Cheers Dubai_Phil_64 ... with a family of four not sure if its worth the e-gate.. cheaper to run the marhaba!

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8. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Knowledgeable folks here- question about the Marhaba family meet & greet service at Dubai airport!

We are arriving at DXB Sunday, January 19, on Emirates from the US (T3 terminal), and have a 9 hour stopover. During this time we plan to get out into Dubai using Emirates's 'Dubai Connect' complementary visa & hotel service, and later return to catch our connecting flight to India. We arrive around noon time (1220 hrs)

Last year we did something similar in March and encountered very long immigration lines at DXB to get into the city. If we bought the Marhaba service, will we have separate immigration counters (and presumably shorter lines) and/or fast tracking of the DXB immigration process?

If yes, that would be worth the ~ $100 they are charging us. My memory from last time is that we first have to go to the Emirates counter to get the visa stamped (but that was a much shorter line) - would this by any chance complicate using the Marhaba service?

We are 2 adults (Indian citizens) and a 5 year old child (US citizen).

Thanks for your time.

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9. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Yes.. Basically you are escorted from the plane on a buggy to the lifts above immigration then taken to the front of a the immigration queue and baggage collected and taken to your taxi.. The service is flawless and very good for those travelling with families.. I generally use it when i fly in at midnight but was planning on winging it this time round as i arrive earlier.. Gonna definately use it though this time..

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10. Re: Peak hour at T3 DXB!

Thanks!

With a young child, and after a 15 hr flight, Immigration was no fun the last time. From their website, it was not very clear how useful the service is specifically to clear immigration. Your response is helpful.