Emirates offers free hotel stays to transit travellers in Dubai

Airline's latest initiative to benefit flyers with layovers between 10 hours and 24 hours

Dubai skyline. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Dubai skyline. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Emirates has announced it will provide free hotel stays to passengers transiting through Dubai.

The re-launched campaign, dubbed “Dubai Connect”, will benefit flyers who will have a layover between 10 and 24 hours in the emirate.

They will receive a complimentary night’s stay in a four or five-star hotel, as well as transport to and from the airport, meals at the hotel and UAE visa on arrival, where required.

“The service aims to provide customers whose best connection time is between 10 and 24 hours, a more convenient journey,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline now operates in more than 90 destinations across six continents worldwide, providing passenger connections to key destinations in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia, with one stop in Dubai.

“Emirates ensures all its customers are well catered for. Those who qualify for Dubai Connect but are unable to leave the airport, will be given access to the Emirates Dubai Connect airport lounge to unwind and relax,” the airline said.

The complimentary hotel accommodation is the latest initiative the airline has launched in a bid to stimulate air travel demand, which has remained hugely depressed since the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The industry has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, with airlines losing billions of dollars in revenue due to a huge slump in passenger numbers.

The airline had earlier said it would provide global cover for passengers’ COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)


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