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Airports in Dubai

Dubai International Airport (DXB)


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.


GMT +4.


Tel: +971 4 216 2525 or 224 5555.

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

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