Market-leading foreign exchange brand Travelex has opened its 29th location at the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International (DXB), in the latest index of the strong post-pandemic rebound of the Emirates’ tourism industry United Arabs. Travelex also announces plans to open its 30th store at the airport by April 2022.

The new location – conveniently located for passengers in the arrivals hall of DXB’s Terminal 1 – is equipped with ATMs and exchanges in over 60 currencies.

The launch of the new flagship store – and Travelex’s 46th in the UAE – comes as regional passenger volumes continue to rise, with 29.1 million passengers passing through DXB in 2021, an increase of 12.7 % compared to 2020.

Earlier this month, the World Travel and Tourism Council announced that the travel tourism sector in the Middle East is expected to reach $246 billion this year – just 8.9% below pre-war levels. pandemic – with a return to global air travel, an easing of COVID-19 regulations and major events, such as Expo 2020 Dubai and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, being the main drivers of the market recovery.

Travelex now offers its customers currency exchange services from 22 conventional stores and seven mobile kiosks in Dubai International, all operated by more than 240 employees.

In addition to DXB’s 29 locations, Travelex also operates a range of stores, MTOs (mobile kiosks) and ATMs throughout the UAE. These include Port Rashid, as well as 15 combined locations in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Travelex plans to develop further locations in both Dubai International and Sharjah in 2022, creating more jobs for Emiratis and expats.

Batu Dolay, Commercial Director of Travelex Middle East and Turkey, said: “We are delighted and proud to both open our 29th location and announce plans for our 30th location at Dubai International Airport, a emblematic airport and the busiest in the world by passenger traffic for the 8th consecutive year.

“With the rebound in the regional tourism industry, we know these new stores will meet exactly what customers need when they set foot in this amazing city, and we look forward to serving them as the world returns to Dubai.”

Eugene Barry, EVP Commercial at Dubai Airports, said: “The launch of the new service in Terminal 1 arrivals showcases the strength of the partnership between Dubai Airports and Travelex and is another tangible step in the resumption of business. travel industry.

“Our goal at Dubai Airports is to enhance the customer experience as traffic volumes continue to grow, working closely with world-class business and service partners.”