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Airports in United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Overview

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.

Location

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. 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 AED 20.

Time

GMT +4.

Contacts

Tel: +971 4 216 2525 or 224 5555.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is 20 miles (32km) east of Abu Dhabi.

Getting to the city

Taxis are readily available (rates are fixed for trips to the city centre) while bus 901 goes to the city and stops outside Arrivals at terminal 1 and 2. It operates on an hourly basis, 24-hours a day, and a single ticket costs AED3. Limousine taxis are located outside the Arrival halls of Terminals 1 and 2. CityHoppa runs shuttle vans and private cars from the airport to Abu Dhabi city centre.

Time

GMT +4.

Contacts

(0)2 575 7500 (Main switchboard).

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Al Ain International Airport (AAN)

Overview

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.

Location

8 miles (18km) northwest of Al Ain

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Dubai International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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