Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the undisputed most important airport in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, as it is the first air hub in the Middle East, and one of the fastest growing airports around the world and one of the most crowded, with the number of passengers increasing by more than 15% every year since it opened in 1960.

The airport serves more than 65 million passengers annually with a capacity of up to 90 million passengers, and it is working to transport about 2.2 million tons of cargo across the six continents, with expectations of reaching 4 million tons by the end of the current decade.

Below we place our hands on the most important points that relate to travelers during Dubai International Airport, starting from heading to the entrance gate, while at the airport, and even the plane’s independence and departure in the sky, for this article to be a comprehensive guide and reference for everyone who visits that wonderful airport.

Dubai International Airport location

The airport is located on the edge of the Arabian Gulf, northeast of Dubai, and is only about 2 kilometers from the city center.

For transportation to and from the airport

There are many private and public transportation means that enable you to reach the airport or depart from it to your intended destination in Dubai or any of the other Emirati cities, and those are available:

Private transportation

Private car: You can go to Dubai International Airport by private car and then park it in safe and designated parking for long times until you return from travel, especially if you are a city resident.

Rented cars: You can rent a car in Dubai through one of the international companies that provide the service, such as Hertz, and take it to the airport, and then deliver it to the rental company through its offices located inside the airport.

You can also rent a car from the airport through the offices and representatives of those companies and take it to the city. To find out how to rent a car at Dubai Airport and the best companies that provide the service, you can go to the dedicated section by clicking here.

Taxi (taxi): Taxis are popular in Dubai and around the airport in abundance, and there are parking stations for them in Dubai Airport arrivals Terminal 3 (a recommended option if it is the first time you visit Dubai)

Uber app: You can order a car with a driver via the Uber app to book cars to take charge of taking  you to the airport or any other destination and let you off the hassle of traveling. For more information visit Uber’s official website. (Recommended option if it is the first time you visit Dubai)

Public Transportation

You can move between the airport and all parts of the city and the rest of the other Emirati cities through the public transportation available in abundance, including the metro and public buses, and here are the most important details about it:

The metro: You can reach the airport from the airport to the city center and many other destinations, or vice versa, by using the Dubai Metro.

The starting point of the metro (station) differs to the city, according to the number of the passenger terminal in which you are located, as follows:

If you are in Terminal 2:

Abu Hail Station will be the closest to you, as it is less than 2 km from Terminal 2, and you can reach it by taxi in approximately 5 minutes if the road is not crowded.

If you are in Terminal 1 or 3:

You can directly reach the red line of the Dubai Metro, which runs through 29 stops heading to Al Rashidiya and Jebel Ali. You can follow the airport signs to reach the station easily.

Public buses: Public bus stops are available for all passenger buildings, and these stops connect the airport with many popular areas of Dubai. For more information about bus routes or to see their schedules, you can visit the official website of the RTA.

Rent a car at Dubai International Airport

There is a large group of international companies that provide you with car rental services at Dubai International Airport, and you can book a car online through the famous Rental cars website and receive it directly upon arrival at the airport. You can find more information through this article Renting a car in Dubai all things about it.

Inside the airport

After arriving at the airport, you can move between the three terminals using the free buses available around the clock in the designated stops in front of each building. You can also use the Dubai Metro red line to move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 and vice versa.

Each building represents the starting and arrival point of flights for a group of airlines. Below we will learn how to get to those buildings and companies that exist in each of them:

Terminal 1: Also known as the Sheikh Rashid Terminal, it accommodates more than 20 million passengers annually, and operates all airlines with the exception of Emirates and Qantas. It can be reached via the Dubai Metro red line or airport buses.

Terminal 2: It can be reached from the airport’s main road, through which Fly Dubai flights and other economic carriers operate.

Terminal 3: Also known as the Emirates Airlines Building, it is the largest passenger terminal in the airport and in the world, through which Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways flights are operated. It can be reached via airport buses or the Dubai Metro red line.

The most important airlines in the airport

Through Dubai International Airport, flights are made to more than 140 international airlines, the most prominent of which are:

Emirates Airlines: the largest operator of the Airbus A380 giant aircraft, providing service to 120 destinations around the world, and it takes from the terminal 3 terminal at the airport as its center of operations.

Fly Dubai: One of the national Emirates airlines, providing low cost flights to more than 12 destinations around the world, and takes the Terminal 2 of its operations center.

Turkish Airlines: One of the national Turkish airlines, providing services to more than 290 destinations around the world, and flights are carried out through Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport.

Gulf Air: One of the Bahraini national airlines, providing services to more than 40 destinations around the world, and flights are carried out through Terminal 1.

Fly Nas: one of the most famous private Saudi airlines, operating on a low-cost aviation system, and flying at Dubai International Airport via Terminal 1.

Saudi Airlines: The Saudi National Aviation Company provides its services among more than 100 destinations around the world, and its flights are carried out at Dubai International Airport through Terminal 1.

 Dubai International Airport flights

The airport provides flights connecting Dubai with more than 260 destinations around the world, and the most important destinations and trips provided by:

Flights from Dubai to Kuwait Kuwait

Flights from Dubai to Beirut Lebanon

Flights from Dubai to Doha Qatar

Flights from Dubai to Geneva, Switzerland

Flights from Dubai to Manama Bahrain

Flights from Dubai to Cairo Egypt

Flights from Dubai to Berlin Germany

Flights from Dubai to Lyon France

Flights from Dubai to Vienna Austria

Flights from Dubai to Seattle United States

The most important airport regulations and laws

In general, only two bags are allowed per passenger, but only if they weigh more than 32 kg. There are also exceptions according to the airline and the class of travel, so please see the details of the airline that was booked with.

Luggage must be repackaged in bulk. She is also paid a fee like excess baggage.

It is forbidden to carry liquid bottles exceeding the size of 100 milliliters in hand luggage, except for medicines, infant formula and special dietary requirements. The passenger must place these containers in resealable plastic bags and then place them in hand luggage.

Bags must have at least one flat side. Some types of bags are prohibited, as shown in the picture below.

Dubai Airport

Things to do while you are at the airport

Dubai International Airport is not only an air center, but there is a lot to discover inside while you are at the airport, especially if you have a transit flight and have ample time, so this is an opportunity to do some activities such as:

Shopping: With over 34,000 square meters of duty free retail stores at Dubai International Airport, you can enjoy a great shopping experience with electronic devices, cosmetics, books, toys and gifts.

Relax: In the quiet corner of the airport in Terminal 3, close to gates B7 and B27, Zain Gardens is where you can spend some fun time reading or browsing social media while children enjoy playing in their designated area.

Sleeping: You must take a rest after a stressful journey and before setting off on the next transit flight, so the airport includes sleeping cubes, where each cube contains a bed in addition to TV and free Wi-Fi and is completely soundproof. These cubes can be rented by the hour at Dubai International Airport, arriving at Terminal 1.

Hotels near Dubai International Airport

There are dozens of luxury Dubai hotels near the airport, below we recommend the best three for you based on thousands of positive reviews from Arab guests who have previously experienced staying there.

Dubai International Terminal Hotel

One of the best 5-star hotels in the United Arab Emirates, located in the transit area inside the airport, just 100 meters from Terminal 1 Metro Station. It features clean rooms with comfortable modern furniture and distinctive decorations. It also provides its guests with the finest facilities such as swimming pools and fitness centers.

Summary of Arab visitor ratings

The hotel has received about 7,400 great reviews about both location, staff, place cleanliness and quiet atmosphere.

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

It is a luxurious and preferred business hotel, classified as 4-star, and enjoys a great location just 2 minutes drive from the airport. It also provides its guests with free buses to and from the airport every 40 minutes. It contains rooms with colorful colors and comfortable furniture.

Summary of Arab visitor ratings

The hotel received more than 4,250 very good reviews about the location, room size, bed comfort, food and hygiene.

Premier Inn Hotel

One of the best 3-star hotels in Dubai, just 10 minutes away from the airport by car. It provides a free transportation service to and from the airport every half an hour to all passenger buildings. It has  rooms with simple decoration that carry elegance.

Summary of Arab visitor ratings

Guests have shown more than 11,000 very good reviews about the hotel’s features such as staff, location and services.