Attention Dubai Travelers: New Baggage Rules Implemented

In an effort to maintain an efficient handling of passenger luggage, Dubai Airports has implemented new guidelines on luggage carried by passengers.

“New baggage rules to improve service. Customers are being asked to not bring round bags to dxb as they can jam our baggage system, delay baggage delivery and inconvenience other passengers. Please ensure baggage has at least one flat surface,” it wrote on its website update.

“Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International. “However, even the most technologically advanced systems can be disrupted by irregular shaped or over sized bags.

Round-shaped bags that don’t have any flat surface were tagged as primary culprit of baggage jams, which cause shut down sections of the baggage system, delay the baggage delivery to the aircraft and inconvenience travelers, said Angizeh.

What are the newly-implemented baggage rules at Dubai Airports?

1. No round bags
2. No bags without flat surface
3. No irregular shaped bags
4. No over sized bags

Bags that do not meet the criterion will have to be repacked in boxes for a fee.


Stretching 140 kilometers and covering a surface area of 75 football fields, DXB’s baggage handling system is among the largest in the world. It has 15,000 trays and is powered by 21,000 motors. DXB handled approximately 9.3 million bags in January this year. A bag spends an average of 29 minutes in the baggage system at DXB.

So what should a traveler passing at Dubai International Airport need to do to ensure smooth baggage check in?

1. Use a bag that has at least one flat surface.
2. Do not use irregularly shaped suitcases.
3. Don’t tie thick plastic ropes around your luggage. If you must, secure it with a tape.
4. Make sure your baggage is not larger than 90 centimeters long, 75 centimeters high and 60 centimeters wide
5. Adhere to the weight limit specified by your carrier.
6. Liquids that you put in your hand luggage should not exceed 100ml per container, which must be placed in a clear, resealable plastic bag.

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