Dubai Airport Second Highest Globally Among 474 Airports Evaluated by Safe Travel Barometer

MARCH 22, 2021: As the aviation industry braces itself for the years of recovery to achieve the pre-pandemic levels, there exists an immediate opportunity to develop a sustainable model and shape the future of aviation. Airports continue to evolve and invest in infrastructure, to ensure the well-being of their frontline and operational staff and towards passenger experience. Amid these changes, we are realizing transformational projects, including and not limited to contactless airport passenger experiences and the use of cameras and sensors to streamline crowd management across terminals.

Dubai International Airport led the charge among the airports assessed by Safe Travel Barometer across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The airport, however, was tied closely with Hamad International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport – each airport achieved a Safe Travel Score of 4.4 out of 5 in February 2021. Other airports that were on heels with them were Turkey’s Istanbul Airport with a Safe Travel Score of 4.3 and Kuwait’s Kuwait International Airport at 4.2.

                           Safe Travel Score, Middle East and Africa Airports, February 2021

AirportsCountrySafe Travel Score*
(February 2021)
Dubai International AirportU.A.E.4.4
Hamad International AirportQatar4.4
Abu Dhabi International AirportU.A.E.4.4
Istanbul AirportTurkey4.3
Kuwait International AirportKuwait4.2
King Abdulaziz International AirportSaudi Arabia4.1
Sabiha Gokcen International AirportTurkey3.9
King Khalid International AirportSaudi Arabia3.9
Ben-Gurion International AirportIsrael3.9
Bahrain International AirportBahrain3.9

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  • *Safe Travel Score is based on an independent audit of more than 34 initiatives applicable to an in-airport experience across airside and landside
  • Safe Travel Score takes into consideration various initiatives announced by suppliers. These are sub-categorized into the following:
    • COVID-19 Safety Protocols
    • Traveler Convenience
    • Service Excellence
  • Low ratings may not always be reflective of poor initiatives, but also the lack of clear or available information on supplier websites, related official channels.
  • Safe Travel Score should not be associated with the relative physical or psychological safety of the traveler.

 About Safe Travel Barometer:

Safe Travel Barometer is a travel technology solution, developed by Safe Travel Technologies. It is the world’s most comprehensive solution of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and traveler experience initiatives announced by suppliers which influences traveler decisions in the new normal. The coverage includes more than 2,000 companies across 10 industry categories, 100 parameters, and traveler arrival information on more than 150 destinations.

Safe Travel Technologies is an independent subsidiary of VIDEC, a travel industry advisory and consulting firm.

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