Dubai Airport is now operating at full capacity, for the very first time since the coronavirus outbreak erupted in March 2020. The airport is expected to serve more than 1.6 million travelers during the second half of December 2021, as the country witnesses more visitors arriving to celebrate the new year. “Following the opening of the final phase… (the) airport is 100% operational with all terminals, concourses, lounges, restaurants, and retail outlets now open,” said a statement by the WAM news agency.
Upon the inauguration of Expo 2020, Dubai witnessed more than 1 million visitors during the month of October 2021, and crossed the milestone of accommodating 1 million passengers per week in November 2021. Last year, the country reported a 70% drop in traveling foot, but the first half of 2021 welcomed 10.6 million people through the airport, reducing the drop to only 41%. As the UAE leans on tourism as a major economic source, the country has been relying on Expo 2020 to bump up these numbers, scoring 7 million visits during the first month of opening.
Coronavirus infection numbers, however, are reportedly continuing to increase, with the UAE recordeing 301 cases on Monday, 200 cases more than last week. Ever since the pandemic began, the country has witnessed 744,400 cases, and 2,152 deaths. However, the first shipment of the antibody treatment AstraZeneca’s Evusheld has been received on Monday in Abu Dhabi, according to WAM.