Airports in United Arab Emirates
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 (5km) from Dubai city centre and 105 miles (170km) from Abu Dhabi.
Getting to the city
Dubai Metro runs two air-conditioned train lines roughly every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3 to many major stops in the city. The service runs daily from 5.30am to midnight, excluding Friday mornings when service starts at 1pm. Dubai International Airport Buses and public buses leave regularly for the city centre; the bus stations are located opposite the terminals. The bus routes are extensive and may be confusing for new travellers. Tickets must be bought in advance as bus drivers do not sell tickets.
Tel: +971 4 216 2525 or 224 5555.
Second only to Dubai International, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU) is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the United Arab Emirates. Serving roughly 11 million passengers each year, the airport handles flights from all over the world, including major destinations in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, and is currently building extensions to be able to handle up to 20 million people per year by 2016.
Located 20 miles (32km) from Abu Dhabi's city centre, Abu Dhabi International Airport has three terminals; Terminals 1 and 2 handle most of the international traffic, while the third is a luxurious terminal dedicated to passengers on Etihad Airways. While the airport can be chaotic, especially at peak times, it has modern facilities including shops, restaurants and services designed for an efficient introduction to the UAE.
The airport is 20 miles (32km) east of Abu Dhabi.
Getting to the city
The green and white A1 bus goes to the city and stops outside Arrivals at Terminals 1 and 2. It departs every 40 minutes, 24-hours a day, and a single ticket costs AED 4. Travel time to the city is approximately 40 minutes according to traffic.
(0)2 575 7500 (Main switchboard).
A smaller, secondary airport serving Abu Dhabi, Al Ain International Airport is located eight miles (18km) northwest of Al Ain, a popular resort city in the United Arab Emirates. Only seven airlines operate from the facility, offering flights to Al Ain International Airport from regional destinations like Qatar, Jordan, Sudan, Oman, Pakistan and India.
The facilities at Al Ain International Airport are basic, but the airport itself is pleasant, even providing a picnic area and playground in the landscaped gardens; there are also a selection of restaurants and duty-free shops.
8 miles (18km) northwest of Al Ain
Dubai International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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