Emirates is Giving Transit Passengers a Free Night’s Stay in Dubai

Customers with a connection time exceeding 10 hours will be eligible for the privilege.

Canal-side shops and restaurants at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. (Photo: Zosia Korcz/Unsplash)

Longer layovers may be unavoidable thanks to reduced flight schedules this season, but some carriers have found ways to make the journey a more comfortable one. Through Emirates’ relaunched Dubai Connect offer, customers who are expecting a “best available” transit time of between 10 and 24 hours can claim several free benefits. Eligible travelers will receive a complimentary night in a four- or five-star hotel, including meals and ground transfers to and from the airport, as well as a UAE visa on arrival should one be required. The airline says that those who qualify for Dubai Connect but are unable to leave the airport will be given access to the Emirates Dubai Connect airport lounge as an alternative.

In related news, Emirates is beginning to reopen its global airline lounges starting with Cairo, and destinations such as Manchester and New York’s JFK International Airport are set to follow over the coming weeks. Additional health and safety measures will be rolled out in each lounge: the buffet offering has now been changed to an à la carte service with contactless menus activated by QR code, and staff members will be stepping up the frequency of sanitization and fumigation.

As for Dubai Connect, both new and existing tickets for travel from today (December 1, 2020) are eligible for the privilege. Passengers must book the offer at least 24 hours before departure; once at Dubai International Airport, they should visit the dedicated Dubai Connect desk inside the arrivals area. For more information, click here.

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