Dubai International Airport

Chances are, if you’ve booked your cheap hotel in Dubai and you’re not a resident, you’ll be coming in to land at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and then not long after, you’ll be going back through there again.

So, what about the airport?  It’s just an airport, right?  Boring old airport.

Like most things in Dubai, it’s never, ‘Just,’ what it should be.

Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world for international passengers, the third busiest airport in the world for overall passengers, the 6th busiest cargo airport in the world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements and the busiest airport in the world operating with only two runways.

That’s a whole lot of busy.  You’re probably expecting the airport to be jam packed when you’re flying in and out, but to be honest, it’s not that bad.  Considering last year Dubai International Airport handled over 83.6 million passengers, 2.59 million tonnes of cargo and had 418,200 aircraft movements, Dubai International Airport is actually a pretty enjoyable airport to be in.

And that’s because of the shape, size and variety of things to do and see inside of Dubai International Airport.

Dubai Airport is split up into three terminals.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 houses over 100 airlines and has a capacity of around 15 million people.  Terminal 1 offers over 220 check-in counters, so the queues are never too bad and Terminal 1 connects directly to Concourse D via an, ‘automated people mover,’ (tram).  Concourse D has a capacity of 15 million people.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 has a capacity of 10 million people and is used primarily by airlines operating within the Persian Gulf.  Terminal 2 is the, ‘Flydubai,’ airport and is relatively small compared to the other two terminals.  Although there are plenty of places to sit and eat inside, you don’t have much choice for shopping.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3, the big one, the, ‘Emirates Terminal.’  Terminal 3 is exlusively for Emirates and Qantas flights only.  Capable of holding 60 million passengers, Terminal 3 was named the largest building in the world when it was completed with 18.5 million square ft of floor space.

Terminal 3 is made up of Concourse A, which a capacity of 19 million people and includes a 4-star hotel, a 5-star hotel, the largest first and business class lounges in the world, 14 cafes and restaurants and, of course, a massive duty-free area.  Concourse B is exclusive to Emirates flights only, Concourse B has 18 restaurants within a food court, three hotels and three lounges.   Concourse C has over 17 food and beverage cafes and restaurants, a 5-star hotel and a large duty-free shopping area.

So, there you have it.  Dubai International Airport.  If you’ve been through it before, what did you think?  Personally, it’s one of my favourite airports in the world to go through.  It’s one of two airports in Dubai, the other being Al Maktoum International Airport but Dubai International Airport is certainly the bigger of the two.