Dubai International Airport Overview

The city of Dubai connects the world to the Middle East through land, sea and air. That is why the government of Dubai has invested heavily in its infrastructure to make it a world class environment. One of Dubai’s prized assets is the Dubai International Airport which is the hub to the famous Emirates Airline, and also the home of the Dubai Duty Free. The Department of Civil Aviation runs the Dubai Airport which is located in the Al Garhoud area of Dubai on 8200 acres of land. The airport is the sixth busiest in the world in terms of cargo and is ranked 14th in the world for passenger traffic.

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    Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum started construction of the original Dubai Airport in 1959. The work was completed in 1960 and included a 1,800 meter long sand runway, a small terminal and a few buildings. As the city grew so did the airport and more buildings were added including safety features. A new asphalt runway was completed in 1963, and in 1976 the Airport Fire Services were added and by 1978 the Airport Restaurant and Transit Lounge were expanded. Further additions and expansions kept the airport workers busy. In 1984, a second runway was added. Terminal 2 was opened in 1998 and in 2004 work on Terminal 3 was started. Terminal 3 became operational in 2008.

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    Things to do at Dubai International Airport

    Travelers that find themselves trying to spend some time at the airport in between flights will not be idle. There are a number of things to do at the airport including:

    - Visit the Duty Free Shopping for the best in terminal shopping in the world.

    - Don't forget to visit dining areas inside the airport that feature brands from around the world including local eateries.

    - Banks and money changers are available at terminals so that guests can easily make transactions.

    - Car rental companies are close to the exit to help facilitate tourists.

    - The impressive Flower Center is the local hub for the trade of flowers from around the world.

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    Operational Hours

    The Dubai airport is open 24 hours and 7 days a week.

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    How to Contact Dubai International Airport

    There are numerous different airlines and services at the airport. In order to contact them use the directory here.

    You can also use the online feedback form by clicking here.

    Telephone: +971 4 224 5555

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    5601 Butler National Drive, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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    How to get to Dubai International Airpot

    By Metro

    The goverment of Dubai has built a metro stop right inside the airport so that commuters can easily access the facilities by using either Airport Terminal 1 Metro Station or Airport Terminal 3 Metro Station.

    By Bus

    The Airport Terminal 1 bus station drops passenger right in front of the Dubai International Airport. Bus numbers 4, 11A, 32C, 33, 42, 48, 64A, 88 and C1 serve this station.

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