Things to Do at Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International Airport, one of the finest and biggest airports in the world, contains a whole world of attractions and entertainment within it. The modern air hub connects more than 220 destinations from six continents through more than 130 scheduled airlines. With three latest terminals, the airport has a capacity of handling 60 million passengers per year that is expected to increase by end of 2012.

Being such a busiest airport, the Dubai International Airport has everything for everyone to enjoy. Passengers arriving at the airport can do a lot of fun stuff as well as can relax properly. Dubai, a culture melting spot, attracting people from around the world offers the guest a lot right from the moment they arrive.


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    Go for Shopping:

    Once in Dubai, one must go finding some great bargains at Dubai airport. The passionate shoppers may choose from the large duty-free shopping mall offering a wide range of items. A large variety of well known international brands are available at exceptionally competitive rates especially for the European travelers. Men, women and kids stuff is equally accessible. Liquor sale is allowed at Dubai duty-free mall due to millions of non-Muslim passengers arriving and departing through the hub. Great collection of fine quality liquor and tobacco products, chocolates, cookies and confectionary, apparel, cosmetics, decoration items, household stuff, watches, jewelry, books, music and much more is on display at the mall.

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    Enjoy Dining:

    Tired of shopping, one needs to relax in any of the restaurants and dining places available inside the Dubai International Airport food court. The food court situated between gates 113 and 115 on departure level offers International cuisine including Middle Eastern, Indian, and continental. Famous fast food chains including McDonalds, Starbucks and Round Table Pizza are also present there along with pubs offering fine food and drinks to the international travelers.

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    Look for the Best Lodging:

    After nice food, one would love to have a good nap! The airport Terminal 1 offers the five-star Dubai International Hotel at affordable hourly and nightly rates ranging between $ 40 and $ 200. The hotel situated on two levels on Sheikh Rashid Terminal offers fine rooms, a health club, swimming pool, laundry, restaurants and business center.

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    Relax in Lounges:

    Those just hanging around may sit and relax in one of the fine lounges inside the airport enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. Whether it is the International First Class Lounge between Gates 114 and 112 or a Business Class Lounge next to Gate 108 or lounges of airlines like Emirates, Gulf Air, British Airways, Air France, KLM and Star Alliance are situated between Gates 21 and 26, it’s always a fun being there. Near Gates 9 and 23, there are two Quiet Lounges in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal offering free of charge services. Marhaba lounges on Terminal 1 and 3 are a perfect representation of pure Arab culture and hospitality.

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    Rest in SnoozeCube:

    The management at Dubai Airport keeps upgrading the facilities and services for satisfaction of its valued visitors. SnoozeCube is one such attraction recently added for passengers’ comfort and amusement. SnoozeCube situated at Terminal 1, gate 122, offers sound proof sleeping pods or accommodation units furnished with a bed, high speed internet connection and television. Travelers also get continuous flight updates while relaxing in the cubes. The units are rented on hourly basis.

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    Surf Free Internet:

    There is much more to do like surfing free internet at the kiosks or on your own laptops. Kiosks have their own systems, and you may need to wait in a queue in case if it's a busy hour there. To use internet on your own device, you'll need to coordinate with your airline.

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    Go to the Health Club:

    A work-out using treadmill, Swimming pool and jaccuzi at the G-Force health is a great attraction for the health conscious.

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    Burn Some Calories on Moving Walkways:

    On all the terminals and everywhere, there are moving walkways, escalators and skytrains making it easy for passengers to move around comfortably. The moving walkways can work as perfect treadmills if you start walking in opposite direction. Try out if you've time and want to burn some calories.

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    Do Some Photography:

    On Dubai Airport, there is lot to capture by your digital cam. Keep your memories safe in your laptop and share it with family and friends later. Doing photography at the Dubai Airport is yet another fun-filled activity that most of the tourists love doing during their stay. To many tourists, such facilities appear really interesting and amusing as they haven’t seen these at the airports back home.

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