Dubai International Airport lies 5km east of the city. The world's busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, it's a large, sometimes overcrowded transport hub with plenty of plastic palm trees, duty free shopping and business lounges. It is the headquarters for Emirates Airlines and flydubai.
The airport has three terminals. Terminals 1 and 3 are connected via a common transit area, while Terminal 2 is in a separate building:
Shuttles between terminals
Distances in the airport are large, but there's plenty of help getting around:
The airport is ideal for business travellers as it features a business centre in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal. The Connect Business Centre is open 24 hours a day and includes conference rooms, high speed internet, business software, and private work stations with secretaries for hire.
Contact the Dubai International Hotel for booking (Tel: +971 4 224 4000).
If you have a connecting flight in Concourse A get on the Automated People Mover and take the elevator to one of the First or Business Class lounges. The lounges span the length of the building and have direct access to the boarding gates. You’ll be able to get on your flight without having to navigate through the busy terminal.
If you aren’t travelling First or Business Class, you can also book with the Marhaba Lounge and have a priority buggy take you to your boarding gate for AED 175 (USD 47).
The Safar Restaurant in Terminal 1 between Gates C17 and C19 serves buffet breakfasts and à la carte menus with Western, Arabic, and Asian dishes available. Breakfast is served from 05:30-10:00, lunch from 12:00-16:00, and dinner from 19:00-01:00.
For fancier fare, try Le Clos for some of the rarest vintages in the world. Located in Terminal 3.
If you’re spending some time in the city and want to experience authentic Emirati cuisine, head to Al Fanar in Dubai Festival City. They offer a comprehensive selection of menu items dedicated only to local cuisine. Try the machboos (rice and meat in Arabic spices) or hares (wheat porridge with shredded meat).
The restaurant is open daily from 08:30-23:30.
Starbucks is your best bet for reliable food and coffee outside of the lounges. Other places for eating are cafes scattered around the terminal.
Domestic South Terminal, after security, after Immigration
International North Terminal, before security, near entrance
Select from more than 80 food and beverage options. From fine dining to fast food, from sushi to shawarma. Select your choice by terminal at http://www.dubaiairports.ae/while-you-are-here/dine
This pub is one of the most popular in the terminal, serving passengers fish-and-chips, sausages, and pints 24 hours a day. Grab a bite, catch a game, or unwind with a beer before your flight.
Terminal 1, after security, Concourse C, between gates C21 and C23
Hours: 24 Hours
A showcase of seafood like lobster, crab, and scallops await you at the entrance of this restaurant. Choose your fare and have it prepared any way you like, from sautéed with vermivelli to mango shrimp.
Terminal 3, after security, near gate 220
Hours: 24 hours
The airport isn't far from the city, and the Metro, is a comfortable way into the city. Taxi is also a good option and shouldn't be very expensive.
The Dubai Metro offers comfortable, air-conditioned carriages with Wi-Fi access, including 'gold class' front carriages for an even more comfortable journey. You don't have to use them, but there are separate carriages for women and children:
Note: you're only allowed two pieces of luggage, one of which is hand luggage.
Cost: Around AED 2.50
Buying tickets: In the airport stations. Buy a Nol top-up card to save money on standard fares.
Location: Stations directly in Terminals 1 and 3, well-signposted. Airport Free Zone Station near Terminal 2.
Dubai Transport Corporation taxis are cream-coloured, and those with a pink trim have female drivers. Many hotels offer free transfers for guests, so check with them before you arrive. Note that there can be long queues for taxis, and fares can vary a lot depending on traffic and time of day.
Tip: Ignore anyone in plain-clothes offering you "taxi, taxi" and go to the official taxi ranks.
Cost: Around AED 100 to Dubai Marina, AED 35 to Deira, AED 45-80 to Jumeirah (plus AED 20 charge when leaving the airport)
Location: Ranks outside each terminal
All the car rental desks can be found right nex to the exit of the respecting terminal.
If you need to take a taxi, we suggest going to the taxi queue outside the terminal. Avoid drivers who approach you and be aware that there are no fixed rates for airport fares.
The airport pick-up fare is AED 20 (USD 5.45) plus regular fees calculated by distance. Trips passing through Sharjah or Northern Emirates will be charged another AED 20. When returning to the airport, the starting fare will be AED 5 (USD 1.20).
There are many luxurious lounges across Dubai International:
Complimentary shower facilities are available in the following locations:
Terminal 1, airside, between Gates C18-22 (1 cubicle each for males and females)
Terminal 3, airside, between Gates B13-19 (1 cubicle for males, 2 for females)
Terminal 3, airside, between Gates A1-A24 (six cubicles each for males and females)
Also there are showers within the Marhaba lounges in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Lounge access is AED 175 and there is an extra charge for shower usage.
For a little peace and quiet, visit the Zen Gardens.It is an indoor oasis with fish ponds and trees where time stands still.
Departures, airside, near gates B7 and B27.
Dubai is known for the quality and purity of its precious metals. The airport Duty Free shops sell 18ct, 22ct, and 24ct gold bars, as well as jewellety that will make a lasting memory of the Emirate.
Terminal 1, airside, upper level, Concourse D
Terminal 3, airside, upper level, Concourse A
Terminal 3, airside, upper level, Concourse B
Hourse: 24 hours
Take a rest in one of 10 sound-proofed units installed adjacent to C 22 at Dubai International’s Terminal 1.
Enough room for a bed. A touchscreen TV offering music and movies and room to hang your coat and store your carry-on luggage. SnoozeCubes also offer high speed internet access through touch screens as well as free wifi access.
An hour of relaxation in a SnoozeCube costs:
AED 75 (USD 21) for a single cube
AED 100 (USD 28) for a shared cube
Minimum stay requirement is 2 hours.
Cool off and rejuvenate in Dubai International Hotel's swimming pool located right in the airport.
For a small fee you will have access not only to the pool but a fully equipped gym, jacuzzi, sauna and shower facilities. To find out more call Dubai International Hotel, + 9714 224 4000 or visit the reception areas in
Terminal 1, Concourse C, arrivals level,
Terminal 3, Concourse A&B areas, level 5
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