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Exploring Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport is a major international airport and main gateway to the Middle East. This four terminal facility is modern and huge, handling well in excess of 60 million passengers from destinations all over the world. Most major carriers fly here, with innumerable flight options including reliable flag carrier Emirates (which is based here), along with local low-cost airline FlyDubai.

Terminal 1 handles most airlines, with Terminal 3 used by Emirates only and Terminal 2 for low-cost flights and regional services. The airport comes with extensive facilities and has fantastic shopping options especially. The duty-free stores are particularly good and there are great deals on electronics and jewellery items.

Dubai Airport also has a good supply of accommodation at the airport and nearby, with the four-star Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel and the three-star Premier Inn Dubai International Airport both excellent options with good business facilities.

Sights nearby

The airport is close to the buzzing Deira district, so you can check out the Spice Souk and big malls before heading over the Creek to old Dubai. The famous Jumeirah Beach is also fairly easy to access from the airport; just stay on the metro and hop on a shuttle bus.

Dubai Airport is located in the Deira district, just a short ride away via the metro or taxi. There are many malls and restaurants in this area, as well as some popular sightseeing attractions such as the Spice and Gold markets. The number one shopping experience is Deira City Centre, which has hundreds of shops and lots of dining options. Also, keep an eye out for the Deira Clocktower and consider taking a cruise on the Creek.

Over the Creek from Deira, and also accessible by metro from Dubai Airport, is the older part of the city. This area is so much different to the Dubai that most people know of today, being more in keeping with the Dubai of yesteryear with its sandstone buildings and winding alleys. There are old souk markets here as well as several noted sights, the Dubai Museum and the Grand Mosque being must-sees.

You haven’t done Dubai justice unless you’ve taken in the coastal district of Jumeirah, to check out its dazzling beaches and eye-popping properties. It is a district replete with peoples from around the world, of five-star hotels and stunning villas. Jumeirah Beach is well kept and boasts all the popular water sports plus you can take in the Residence's Walk as well as the park and the Jumeirah Mosque. Wealthy Jebel Ali is just south of here, complete with the Dubai Marina, Palm Island and the unbelievable seven-star Burj al-Arab hotel.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Dubai Airport has excellent shopping, for sure, but it is best to head for the malls in town where prices are even better. Ironically, alcohol is the best duty-free deal at Dubai Airport. Both terminals 1 and 3 have good eating, with everything from McDonalds, pizzas and bistros to a food court with cuisines from around the world. There are also lounges and bars that serve alcohol, while the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport also offers good entertainment.

Public transport

Terminals 1 and 3 are connected, while shuttle buses run to Terminal 2 every 20 minutes or so, though taxis are the best bet. The airport is served by a number of metro stations (terminals 1 and 3 direct) on the Red Line, with the Green Line running near the Airport Free Zone for Terminal 2. Public taxis are numerous and metered.

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