Dubai Airport

As 10th busiest airport in the world (by passenger traffic), Dubai Airport is a large international facility offering all the amenities most business and leisure travelers could hope for. Located in the center of the city of Dubai it has excellent transport connections and facilities close by.

Depending on traffic conditions and time of day, the major tourist attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Palm are within a relatively short drive of the airport in Dubai. Traffic in the rapidly growing Middle Eastern cities like Dubai can be very hectic so make sure you allow enough time for traveling to and from the airport.

As an example, journey times to and from the Burj Khalifa should take no more than around 30 minutes with the Palm being more like 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

The airport’s location allows sensible use of your time for short stop-overs in Dubai.

Airport Code: DXB

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4:00

Flight Enquiry +971 (4) 2245555

Dubai Airport Information

Hotel at Dubai Airport

A lot of thought has gone into catering for transit passengers through Dubai. For short transits, inside terminals 1 and 3 and accessible from terminal 2 from the shuttle connector you have ‘Dubai International Hotel’, great for transits.

Guide to the Dubai International Airport Hotel

Hotels Near Dubai International Airport

For a short stop over or holiday break in Dubai finding a hotel near Dubai airport is a simple. In fact, within a short distance, no more than 35 - 45 minutes there is an astonishing selection of hotels. Everything from 2* hotels right up to the most glamorous “6*” hotels.

Hotels

Dubai Airport Terminals

The main departure and arrival facilities are made up of three terminals numbered 1, 2 and 3.

The terminal you will use is dependent upon your origin, destination and which airline you’re flying with.

Major airlines use terminals 1 and 3 with terminal 3 being used exclusively for Emirates Airline flights and now also Qantas. Since the Emirates and Qantas agreement Qantas now operates through Terminal 3 and is the only airline other than Emirates to use this terminal.

Terminal 2 is used specifically for flights coming in from with airlines from Iran and the CIS (former Soviet) countries. Also worthy of note, terminal 2 is the home terminal for flydubai and other low cost carriers.

It's worthy to note that the Dubai Airport terminals versus concourse labelling can be a little confusing.

The terminals are labelled 1, 2 and 3, but also labelled them as concourses A, B and C. Logically you may say that T1 is Concourse A but this isn't the case.

  • Concourse A = Terminal 3
  • Concourse B = Terminal 3
  • Concourse C = Terminal 1

This was done so that the gates can be named with a letter and 2 numbers. Studies show it's easier for travellers to remember their gate this was, for example, A17 rather than 317.

Concourse A of Terminal 3 in Dubai was built specifically for their A380 operation. Since Dubai can be a very busy airport, particularly at peak times, this was built to cope with the sheer volume of passengers that just one A380 can bring.

Dubai Terminal 1, Concourse C

If you’re travelling to Dubai on a full service airline other than Emirates, such as British Airways, United Airlines etc. this is where you will arrive or depart from.

Terminal 1 is a large terminal with good facilities including:

  • First Class Lounge
  • Business Class Lounge
  • Marhaba Lounge

You can read more about lounge access with the link below.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 1

There's also a plethora of shops and duty free to enjoy as well as a large selection of food and beverage outlets. If travelling during Ramadan you are likely to find the hours of sale for alcohol to be consumed within the airport are restricted.

The customs, immigration and security procedures are clearly marked and relatively stress free.

Dubai Terminal 1 Arrivals

The arrivals procedure into Terminal 1 is quite simple with baggage reclaim, immigration and inbound security screening easily taken care of. Further down this page see Dubai Customs for an explanation of the inbound security screening at the airport. This is relatively unique to flights arriving in the Middle East.

After clearing customs as you're walking out of the airport there are a host of hotel and tour company desks as well as rental car companies. It's best to make sure you catch the service you need before walking outside the airport.

Dubai Terminal 2

For people traveling low cost through Dubai with someone like flydubai, or for charter flight passengers, then you will most likely be using terminal 2 in Dubai. This terminal is the most basic of the three and is aimed specifically at servicing passengers for low cost airlines. Expect a short bus ride to the aircraft so be at the gate early. Click the link below to visit our dedicated page.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 2

Dubai Terminal 3, Concourse A & B

This terminal is for people traveling with Emirates. It is considered the most luxurious of the three terminals, unsurprisingly since Emirates takes such pride in their customer service. It is the largest airport terminal in the world by floor space. Take a look at our dedicated Dubai Airport Terminal 3 page.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 3

Rent a Car - Dubai Airport

For flexibility and convenience, a car rental from Dubai Airport is a great way to start your trip. A wide selection of companies at all the terminals as well as fair prices and a wide selection. See what the Dubai Airport car rental companies have to offer you.

Car Rental

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

Terminal 3

Dubai Lounges

Several passenger lounges are located within Terminals 1 and 3, however Dubai Terminal 2 offers a more limited choice. Some of the lounges are dedicated to First Class and Business Class passengers. Not traveling business or first class? No problem. Several lounges are available for economy class passengers. See one of our Dubai Airport Lounges pages for more information and details on how to access these facilities.

Terminal 1 Lounge

Terminal 2 Lounge

Terminal 3 Lounge

Transit Between Terminals

For passenger transiting between the terminals in Dubai for connecting flights, there is a free shuttle bus running.

Note that to use this bus you do not have to go through immigration and this service is only for airside transits and runs roughly every 10 minutes and can take up to 15 minutes to reach another terminal.

On arrival at your first terminal, go to the transit desk for further information.

Dubai Airport Information Center

The airport operates several information desks in both terminal 1 and 3. The desks are easily located. For any queries about where you need to be or for information on tours and activities in Dubai, head to these desks.

Dubai Airport Shopping & Duty Free

Much like the world famous Dubai malls, the airport also offers a substantial opportunity for a real shopping experience. Like most airports, retail is pushed quite strongly, so expect to be inundated with choices. There are major international brands, luxury stores as well as some local souvenirs available.

The airport is also a good place to find some bargains on electronic items, although do price check as often the prices can be slightly inflated.

Luggage Storage Dubai Airport

baggage storage dubai

There are luggage storage facilities at Dubai Airport but not at all terminals.

  • Terminal 1 - YES
  • Terminal 2 - NO
  • Terminal 3 - YES

The baggae storage is located within the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 3.

  • Terminal 1 - near the RTA taxi area
  • Terminal 3 - near washrooms/baby changing

The rates for luggage storage are start from a little over $5 USD for up to 12 hours.

Unfortunately other than these facilities, if you're stuck in transit inside the airport, you'll be dragging your hand baggage around with you.

Dubai Customs

If you’re new to traveling into or through the Middle East then there are some things you need to be aware of. It’s easy to become concerned with stories heard about the region, but with a few sensible precautions, clearing customs is a stress free process.

Expect your hand baggage to be X-Ray scanned as you enter the country. After you clear immigration you will next face an X-ray machine. This process is not like clearing airport security on the way to your flight. You place your hand baggage through the machine and collect at the other side.

Proceed to collect your check in baggage and then walk through the usual customs check point that you’ll see at all international airports.

The procedure in brief:

  • Clear Immigration
  • Have your hand baggage scanned as you proceed to collect your checked baggage
  • Collect your checked baggage
  • Proceed through the customs checkpoint

Customs Allowances: These are taken straight off the Dubai Customs website. Double check the website to ensure you’re aware of your allowances.

“Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3,000.

The Number of cigarettes should not exceed (400) cigarettes, (50) cigars, (500) grams of tobacco (minced or pressed for pipes), minced or pressed tobacco for smoking, tobacco or mild-tasting tobacco. Exceeding the above will be dutiable.

The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent).”

As an example, journey times to and from the Burj Khalifa should take no more than around 30 minutes with the Palm being more like 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

The airport’s location allows sensible use of your time for short stop-overs in Dubai.

Hotel at Dubai Airport

A lot of thought has gone into catering for transit passengers through Dubai. For short transits, inside terminals 1 and 3 and accessible from terminal 2 from the shuttle connector you have ‘Dubai International Hotel’, great for transits.

Guide to the Dubai International Airport Hotel

Hotels Near Dubai International Airport

For a short stop over or holiday break in Dubai finding a hotel near Dubai airport is a simple. In fact, within a short distance, no more than 35 - 45 minutes there is an astonishing selection of hotels. Everything from 2* hotels right up to the most glamorous “6*” hotels.

Hotels

Dubai Airport Car Rental

For flexibility and convenience, a car rental from Dubai Airport is a great way to start your trip. A wide selection of companies at all the terminals as well as fair prices and a wide selection. See what the Dubai Airport car rental companies have to offer you.

Car Rental

Dubai Airport Terminals

The main departure and arrival facilities are made up of three terminals numbered 1, 2 and 3.

The terminal you will use is dependent upon your origin, destination and which airline you’re flying with.

Major airlines use terminals 1 and 3 with terminal 3 being used exclusively for Emirates Airline flights and now also Qantas. Since the Emirates and Qantas agreement Qantas now operates through Terminal 3 and is the only airline other than Emirates to use this terminal.

Terminal 2 is used specifically for flights coming in from with airlines from Iran and the CIS (former Soviet) countries. Also worthy of note, terminal 2 is the home terminal for flydubai and other low cost carriers.

It's worthy to note that the Dubai Airport terminals versus concourse labelling can be a little confusing.

The terminals are labelled 1, 2 and 3, but also labelled them as concourses A, B and C. Logically you may say that T1 is Concourse A but this isn't the case.

Concourse A = Terminal 3

Concourse B = Terminal 3

Concourse C = Terminal 1

This was done so that the gates can be named with a letter and 2 numbers. Studies show it's easier for travellers to remember their gate this was, for example, A17 rather than 317.

Concourse A of Terminal 3 in Dubai was built specifically for their A380 operation. Since Dubai can be a very busy airport, particularly at peak times, this was built to cope with the sheer volume of passengers that just one A380 can bring.

Dubai Terminal 1, Concourse C

If you’re travelling to Dubai on a full service airline other than Emirates, such as British Airways, United Airlines etc. this is where you will arrive or depart from.

Terminal 1 is a large terminal with good facilities including:

  • First Class Lounge
  • Business Class Lounge
  • Marhaba Lounge

You can read more about lounge access with the link below.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 1

There's also a plethora of shops and duty free to enjoy as well as a large selection of food and beverage outlets. If travelling during Ramadan you are likely to find the hours of sale for alcohol to be consumed within the airport are restricted.

The customs, immigration and security procedures are clearly marked and relatively stress free.

Dubai Terminal 1 Arrivals

Dubai Terminal 1 Arrivals

The arrivals procedure into Terminal 1 is quite simple with baggage reclaim, immigration and inbound security screening easily taken care of. Further down this page see Dubai Customs for an explanation of the inbound security screening at the airport. This is relatively unique to flights arriving in the Middle East.

After clearing customs as you're walking out of the airport there are a host of hotel and tour company desks as well as rental car companies. It's best to make sure you catch the service you need before walking outside the airport.

Dubai Terminal 2

For people traveling low cost through Dubai with someone like flydubai, or for charter flight passengers, then you will most likely be using terminal 2 in Dubai. This terminal is the most basic of the three and is aimed specifically at servicing passengers for low cost airlines. Expect a short bus ride to the aircraft so be at the gate early. Click the link below to visit our dedicated page.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 2

Dubai Terminal 3, Concourse A & B

This terminal is for people traveling with Emirates. It is considered the most luxurious of the three terminals, unsurprisingly since Emirates takes such pride in their customer service. It is the largest airport terminal in the world by floor space. Take a look at our dedicated Dubai Airport Terminal 3 page.

Airport Lounges - Terminal 3

Dubai Customs

If you’re new to traveling into or through the Middle East then there are some things you need to be aware of. It’s easy to become concerned with stories heard about the region, but with a few sensible precautions, clearing customs is a stress free process.

Expect your hand baggage to be X-Ray scanned as you enter the country. After you clear immigration you will next face an X-ray machine. This process is not like clearing airport security on the way to your flight. You place your hand baggage through the machine and collect at the other side.

Proceed to collect your check in baggage and then walk through the usual customs check point that you’ll see at all international airports.

The procedure in brief:

Clear Immigration

Have your hand baggage scanned as you proceed to collect your checked baggage

Collect your checked baggage

Proceed through the customs checkpoint

Customs Allowances: These are taken straight off the Dubai Customs website. Double check the website to ensure you’re aware of your allowances.

“Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3,000.

The Number of cigarettes should not exceed (400) cigarettes, (50) cigars, (500) grams of tobacco (minced or pressed for pipes), minced or pressed tobacco for smoking, tobacco or mild-tasting tobacco. Exceeding the above will be dutiable.

The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent).”

Transit Between Terminals

For passenger transiting between the terminals in Dubai for connecting flights, there is a free shuttle bus running.

Note that to use this bus you do not have to go through immigration and this service is only for airside transits and runs roughly every 10 minutes and can take up to 15 minutes to reach another terminal.

On arrival at your first terminal, go to the transit desk for further information.

Dubai Airport Information Center

The airport operates several information desks in both terminal 1 and 3. The desks are easily located. For any queries about where you need to be or for information on tours and activities in Dubai, head to these desks.

Dubai Airport Shopping and Duty Free

Much like the world famous Dubai malls, the airport also offers a substantial opportunity for a real shopping experience. Like most airports, retail is pushed quite strongly, so expect to be inundated with choices. There are major international brands, luxury stores as well as some local souvenirs available.

The airport is also a good place to find some bargains on electronic items, although do price check as often the prices can be slightly inflated.

Dubai Lounges

Several passenger lounges are located within Terminals 1 and 3, however Dubai Terminal 2 offers a more limited choice. Some of the lounges are dedicated to First Class and Business Class passengers. Not traveling business or first class? No problem. Several lounges are available for economy class passengers. See one of our Dubai Airport Lounges pages for more information and details on how to access these facilities.

Terminal 1 Lounge

Terminal 2 Lounge

Terminal 3 Lounge

Rent a Car Dubai Airport

Dubai offers many car rental facilities, not only at the airport. Car rental can make sense for longer stays. Beware though, if you’re coming from Europe or North America, driving in Dubai can be a stressful experience.

Unless a rental car is absolutely needed, taxi’s are a viable option and are not too expensive. Find out about international driving licence requirements in Dubai and Dubai car Rental here.

Luggage Storage Dubai Airport

There are luggage storage facilities at Dubai Airport but not at all terminals.

Terminal 1 - YES

Terminal 2 - NO

Terminal 3 - YES

The baggae storage is located within the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 3.

Terminal 1 - near the RTA taxi area

Terminal 3 - near washrooms/baby changing

The rates for luggage storage are start from a little over $5 USD for up to 12 hours.

Unfortunately other than these facilities, if you're stuck in transit inside the airport, you'll be dragging your hand baggage around with you.

Airport Code: DXB

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4:00

Flight Enquiry +971 (4) 2245555

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