Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai's government-owned flag carrier Emirates and likewise government-owned low-cost airline FlyDubai. The airport has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight. The airport is one of the few that has non-stop flights to all inhabited continents, operated by Emirates, some of which are among the longest non-stop flights in the world.
The airport has three terminals, as follows:
Gates are usually labelled by the councourse number.
Most airlines have a designed area within their terminal. E.g. Lufthansa group (Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian) use Terminal 1F as check-in.
By taxiMost visitors opt for public taxis from the airport, which use the meter and start at 25 dirham. They are readily available just outside arrivals. They are on the left when you come out of terminal 1. A trip to Dubai Marina may cost around 100 dirham, and a trip to the Abu Dhabi city centre costs 300 dirham. If you look rich or Western, the taxi dispatcher may steer you towards a line of black limousines beyond the main taxi rank. If so, decline politely and take one of the regular taxis.
Terminals 1 and 3 each have a station for the Dubai Metro Red Line; they are in Zone 5 of the line. Trains depart every 10 minutes between about 6am and 12pm, except Friday (between 1pm and 1am).
By busBuses serves all three terminals. There are buses just opposite the exit gates after baggage claim, the most useful for visitors being lines 401 and 402 (3 dirham), which go to the Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba bus terminals respectively. Tickets cannot be bought from driver so you'll have to buy NOL card before stepping into the bus.
Emirates offers complementary coach services for its economy class passengers from T3 to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
By carAll terminals have extensive parking lots.
There is a poorly publicized connection airside service provided between Terminal 2 and the other two terminals as follows:
# Upon arriving off your flight at the hall, just before the immigration counters ask an official where is the connection to Terminal 1 or 3.
# They will direct you to the Marhaba counter.
# At the counter show your existing incoming ticket, ticket claim sticker, ongoing ticket and passport.
# They will request the baggage handling system to redirect your luggage to your outgoing flight. If the luggage has already passed through to the baggage claim then they will send someone to manually collect the luggage. They will give you a receipt with a new tracking number, which you will need if your luggage goes missing.
# They will then redirect you to the "Connections" counter. Here you will get a ticket for the shuttle bus.
# Go to the shuttle bus for the appropriate terminal. These run every 20 to minutes.
# Once in Terminal 1 or 3 follow the "Connections" arrows to and go through the security check.
# Once though the security check go to the "Connections" counter to check-in and obtain your boarding passes. This opens for your flight three hours before departure.
It takes approximately 60 minutes from landing until you reach the "Connections" desk in Terminal 1 or 3. There is no charge for the above service and at no stage do you go through immigration. The service also works in the other direction.
If you end up going through immigration to the landside it is believed that there are free shuttle buses running between the three terminals every 20 to 30 minutes. However a 30 min taxi ride may be your only option. A low-cost option for traveling to Terminal 2 is to catch the metro to a nearby station, such as Abu Hail metro station, and from there take a 5 minute taxi ride to Terminal 2.
LoungesThere are a number of VIP lounges at the airport for the use of business and first class passengers, as well as holders of certain credit cards.
Ahlan Loungeaddress: Terminal 3 - Arrivals level prior to passport control
Al Majis Lounge
British Airways Lounge
Business Class Lounge
Dubai International Business Class
Dubai International First Class
Emirates Business Lounge
Emirates First Class Lounge
First Class Lounge
Gulf Air Lounge
Special Handling Lounge
Unaccompanied Minor Lounge
- Chowking Orient Restaurant
- Mezze Express
- Nestle Toll House
- Taste of India
- The rupee room Express
- Cho Gao
- Jack’s Bar & Grill
- Le Pain Quotidien
- Moet Champagne Bar
- Wafi Gourmet Restaurant
- Caviar House
- Heineken Lounge
- Ocean Basket
- Red Carpet Cafe & Seafood Bar
phone: + 9714 224 4000
- Dubai Creek Golf Club is 5-10 minutes by taxi or 15 minutes by Metro and walk.