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Guide to the Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the primary airport serving the United Arab Emirates. The airport is the seventh busiest in the world, when measured by passenger traffic, and the second busiest in terms of international passenger traffic.

The Dubai International Airport is located in the Al Garhoud district, about three miles east of the city.

Dubai International Airport Carriers & Destinations

Emirates, Flydubai and Qantas each have hubs at the Dubai International Airport. In total, about 140 airlines operate at DXB. Other major carriers that fly to the airport include Air France, Air India, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Lufthansa, Pakistan International Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and United Airlines.

Dubai International Airport offers flights to every continent but Antarctica. In total, airlines fly non-stop to more than 230 destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Australia.

Passengers can check their flight status on the airport's website.

Navigating the Dubai International Airport

The airport has four terminals. Terminal 1 has one concourse (Concourse C) and is used by more than 100 airlines. Terminal 2 is primarily used by Middle Eastern-based carriers, including Flydubai, Gryphon Airlines, Iran Aseman Airlines, Jupiter Airlines and Kish Air. Terminal 3, which has two concourses (Concourse A and B) is used exclusively by Emirates and Qantas.

In 2015, a fourth concourse, Concourse D, will open. At that time, Concourse D will become part of Terminal 1 and Concourses A, B and C will be part of Terminal 3.

A free 24-hour shuttle bus connects Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The Dubai Metro also operates between Terminals 1 and 3.

Dubai International Airport Amenities

The Dubai International Airport features more than 80 restaurants ranging from fast-food outlets to fine dining establishments. Restaurants can be found on both the landside and airside of each terminal. There are also dozens of retails stores, including a number of duty-free shopping outlets.

Other airport services include business centers with meeting rooms, medical centers, prayer rooms, smoking lounges, banks, ATMs, currency exchanges, wi-fi internet service, complementary shower facilities, free trolleys, baggage wrapping services, baggage delivery services and baggage storage services.

The airport also has several unusual features, including a fitness club that is part of the Dubai International Hotel, two Zen Gardens located near Gate B7 and B27, and "snoozecubes" located near Gate C22 where you can rent a sleeping pod by the hour. Emirates, British Airways, Gulf Air, Air France and KLM all have lounges available for travelers who have club memberships, pay by the day or are flying in certain classes of service. There is also a business class lounge and a first class lounge open to ticketed passengers flying in those classes of service whose airlines don't have dedicated lounges.

Getting To & From Dubai International Airport

There are a number of ways to get to and from the Dubai International Airport. Taxicabs can be found outside the terminals and do not require advanced reservations. Limousine service is also available, though reservations are typically required.

The Dubai Metro also stops at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Trains run about every 10 minutes, but there is no overnight train service, nor is there service before 1 p.m. on Fridays. Passengers can carry two pieces of luggage on the train. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) operates several bus routes that stop at the Dubai International Airport.

Several car rental companies have onsite counters at the airport. They include:

  • Asia Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Diamond Lease Car Rentals
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Europcar
  • Fast Rent a Car
  • Future Car Rental
  • Gargash Enterprises
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Saudi Al Wefaq Rent a Car
  • Thrifty Car Rental

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