Dubai International Airport (IATA code DXB) is currently the most important airport in Dubai and it is an important transition for the Middle East. Thanks to the enormous growth of tourism in the region, Dubai International Airport belongs to the largest airports in the world for several years now. Every year the number of passengers continues to grow, the airport processed more than 83 million passengers in 2016 and 418,000 aircraft. Dubai International Airport is not only an important international airport for people. But for air cargo to Dubai, this airport is also an important global cargo location.
Dubai International Airport is the home of airlines https://www.allesoverdubai.info/emirates” target=”_blank”>Emirates, Emirates SkyCargo and the low-cost airline Flydubai. The airport is located in the middle of Dubai in the older part of the city, close to the Dubai Creek and the districts Al Garhoud and Deira. Due to its location in the middle of the city Dubai International Airport is almost at its maximum capacity, that is why they are busy building a new airport, Al Maktoum International Airport. This new airport will, if everything is ready, become one of the largest airports in the world. The new Al Maktoum airport is located south of Dubai, near Jebel Ali.
The terminals of Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport currently has three terminals, terminal 3 is being the second largest building in the world and the largest airport terminal in the world. Terminal 3 is mainly used by the airline of Emirates. Emirates has it’s home base in Dubai and the airport of Dubai International Airport is the home of al the airplanes of Emirates. Terminal 1 is mainly used for flights to Europe and the other Western countries. If you fly from Europe you almost always arrive at terminal 1 or terminal 3. Both terminal 1 and terminal 3 have their own metro station and are also easily accessible via taxi and bus.
Terminal 2 is mainly used for flights in the Middle East, the countries just outside the region and the low-budget flights such as FlyDubai. Terminal 2 can only be reached by bus and taxi. Please note that due to circumstances, you may be leaving from another terminal. Always check if you are at the airport the departure terminal on your flight ticket and the information signs at the airport.
A free 24-hour bus service runs between the three terminals of the airport and transports the passengers between the various terminals. This bus service is ideal for people who have to make the switch to another flight and want to travel to another terminal as quickly as possible.
After you arrive in Dubai you walk straight from the plane to one of the two huge terminals of the airport. Often you have to walk about 10 minutes before you have arrived at the passport control. Depending on the time and the manpower available, it takes about 15 minutes before you pass through the passport control. If you arrive early in the morning, you can in most cases go straight through without waiting, if you arrive in the evening the queue will be considerably longer as many flights arrive in the evenings. For Dubai you do not need a pre-arranged visa if you have a passport from a European Union country. More information about a visa in the United Arab Emirates can be found on our visa page in Dubai.
After you pass through the passport control you can pick up the suitcases and you have the possibility to make tax-free purchases in various duty-free shops. Here you can, for example, cigars and alcohol. Click here for more information about alcohol in Dubai. After you have picked up the luggage and walked through the customs checkpoint, you will find several counters of hotels, car rental companies and tourist services in Dubai. If you have rented a car or want to rent, you must report to one of these desks. If you have booked a trip with one of the major travel organizations, you will often find the hostesses who will help you further.
PAY ATTENTION! Dubai applies strict rules for drugs and a number of other items.
Bagage Drop Off
Do you want to temporarily store your luggage in the airport to visit Dubai during a stopover? Then in both terminals 1 and 3 there is a “Left Luggage facility / Short-term storage” option where suitcases can be temporarily left against payment. More information about the Baggage Drop Off can be found on the website of Dubai Airport.
Taxi from Dubai Airport – Dubai airport taxi
Do you want to book a taxi from Dubai International Airport? Via the website of Taxi2Airport you can book a taxi cheaply and quickly from the airport in Dubai. By reserving your taxi in advance, you are sure of a taxi when you arrive at the airport in Dubai and you have no chance of unexpected costs.
Airport transfer Dubai International Airport
If you want to travel from the airport of Dubai International Airport to your hotel in Dubai, there are different prices for the airport transfer. The total price depends on the location of your hotel or apartment in Dubai. From the airport to for example the districts Bur Dubai and Deira you pay 20 dollar per person if you are with 2 persons. If you travel with four persons of you pay 15 dollar per person.
For a hotel on the Palm Jumeirah island you pay 20 dollar per person if you are with four people, if you are traveling together you pay 30 dollar per person for the airport transfer. Look for all prices on the website of the airport transfer provider. You can easily Book the airport transfer from Dubai International Airport online at the GetYourGuide website. The mentioned prices may have changed, for the current admission prices please refer to the website of the ticket seller.
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