Appearing like a glittering jewel oasis in the middle of the desert, arriving into Dubai and being saluted by the sea of skyscrapers and hotels makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another world. A paradise that is far more fancy and luxurious than anything you could imagine…except no need to pinch yourself, you’ve made it, you’re here.
DXB is one of the world’s preeminent destinations, so it’s no wonder that its airport is one of the top three busiest in the world. The numbers for passenger traffic are astounding when you take into account that there are only 2 runways. Being the largest traffic stop for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 helps. It is the hub for Emirates (if you live in the USA, that’s probably how you’ve arrived — from a very long flight out of LAX, JFK, SFO, IAH, ORD), flyDubai, and Qantas.
The MASSIVE airport is split into three Terminals. Terminal 1 is for international flights and is connected to a separate Concourse D, and 2 is for travel around the Middle East region (“domestic flights” as it were), and Terminal 3 is the main one, further divided into Concourses A, B, and C. Emirates operates out of Concourse A.
Terminal 3 is the second largest building by floor area in the entire world. Think about that for a second. Yeah, there’s multiple 5 star hotels, more shopping than most massive luxury malls and several FLOORS of executive lounges. In fact, there is a secondary mini-terminal near Terminal 2 that is exclusively for people richer than you and me.
As one of the top cargo ports in the world, there’s even a terminal specifically for flowers. FLOWERS. This is how you know exactly how extra they are at this airport, and I’m here for it.
Remember: ✈️ = dub down to ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ = dub step
Convenience to the city: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (there’s metro, ground, taxi — just be sure to check the times if you’re traveling during Ramadan)
Ease of navigating through terminals: ✈️✈️✈️ (it is massive, but there’s a people mover and shuttles –luckily most connections are long bc it takes more than 30 minutes per shuttle ride in some cases)
Dining: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (Your typical International fast food brands — Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, Shake Shack, Krispy Kreme, KFC, Charley’s Steaks?, Pinkberry, Subway, Wolfgang Puck, and a lot of Indian and Asian fare)
Bathrooms: ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ (obviously very clean, and +100 for FREE showers at Terminal 3, C gates)
Charging stations/wifi: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (free wifi available)
Amenities: ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ (This is what makes it worth it. Gucci, Hermes, Ferragamo, Chanel, Cartier are some of the high end. Many spas, executive lounges — literally the Emirates lounge has been my travel goal for years– 5 star hotels, showers, prayer rooms, gardens, gym, conference rooms). Shout out to the baggage claim, too. What usually looks like a bottom of a trashcan in most airports looks like the foyer of a palace here, mad props to DXB.