Dubai International Airport
A huge airport serving the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai International Airport is a major air traffic hub in the Middle East. The airport serves a massive 47 million people each year, many of whom have come to do business or enjoy the world-class shopping of the glittering desert oasis.
Dubai International Airport is a large and confusing building with long distances to cover between gates, so passengers should allow plenty of time for connections. There are many ways to keep busy on layovers however, including fabulous duty-free shopping opportunities and more than 200 restaurants. Queues can be very long in peak times though.
Flights to Dubai International Airport are available from just about anywhere, including destinations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The airport is three miles (4km) from Dubai city centre and 105 miles (170km) from Abu Dhabi.
Getting to the city
Dubai International Airport Buses and public buses leave regularly for the city centre; the bus stations are located opposite both terminals. The journey is 15 minutes and it costs around Dhs 3. There are car rental firms available in the Arrivals Hall; some also offer a specialised limousine service. Dubai Transport Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the Arrivals Terminal, a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around Dhs 20.
Tel: +971 4 216 2525 or 224 5555.
There are car rental firms available in the Arrivals Hall, such as Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Thrifty.
Dubai Transport Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the Arrivals Terminal. A taxi from Dubai International Airport to the centre of Dubai costs around Dhs 20 and often the final fare is calculated according to the recorded distance travelled.
Transfer between terminals
There are two terminals, but most major airlines arrive at Terminal 1. There is an airport shuttle service available between Terminal 1 and 2.
Facilities at the airport include the renowned Dubai Duty Free, a food court, banking, bureaux de change, free Internet services, entertainment for children, business facilities, medical care, special needs, an airport hotel, post office and lounges. Passengers can also use the swimming pool, jacuzzi and gymnasium, charged on an hourly basis.
There are short and long-term parking options near all the terminals. Short-term parking is near the terminals and allows up to five hours' parking, while long-term parking is further away.
Flights to Dubai International Airport are available on Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air China, Air France, Air India, Austrian Airlines, Bahrain Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, EgyptAir, Emirates, Finnair, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United and Virgin Atlantic, among others.
There is free wifi throughout the airport.
Several business lounges provide services like internet access, fax and secretarial services, meeting and conference rooms, and semi-private workstations.
Dubai International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.