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Dubai’s state airport operator expects a “surge” in passenger traffic over the coming weeks and months, its chief executive said today, after the United Arab Emirates announced an easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian countries.

The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, announced yesterday that from August 5 it would scrap its transit flight ban, which will affect passengers travelling from 12 countries, including major market India.

The UAE will also lift this week an entry ban on those who had visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria or Uganda over the past 14 days, for those with valid residencies and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated.

Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said Dubai International was “ready to accommodate the anticipated surge in the coming weeks and months” once restrictions ease.

The Telegraph understands that Britain is set to ease its ban on travel from ‘hub’ destinations, in a move which would allow passengers to travel through red-listed Dubai and Abu Dhabi without quarantine. 

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