Dubai International Airport was build in 1959 and was the first airport to be build in the UAE. It is three miles (4km) from Dubai city centre and 105 miles (170km) from Abu Dhabi.
Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the Middle East and is served by more than a 100 airlines worldwide.
The Dubai Airport is continuously developing and currently has two terminals with the third under construction as part of a major expansion project. The building is not only beautiful, but easy to navigate. You might even find yourself substantially richer if you buy a chance in either the million dollar raffle or one on a luxury car. Such cars are won every month. Chances on the cars are good, too: only 1,000 tickets are sold at about $125 each.
Dubai International Airport has excellent passenger facilities throughout its two terminals.
The airport has banking services and ATMs in both terminals and a 24-hour bureau de change facilities. Dubai Duty Free also offers foreign exchange, banking and internet facilities.
There are several restaurants, cafes and bars in the in the departures lounge, most within a purpose-built food court. The Food Court is located on the upper level, with outlets including fast food and international cuisine.
There is comprehensive duty-free shopping at the airport. Dubai Duty Free has a massive array on offer at the Terminal 1 Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse and the ground level of the Departures hall, while Terminal 2 has a special bulk purchasing desk.
There is a baggage relocation system in place, which electronically tags each piece of luggage, in order to make retrieval of lost luggage faster and easier.
There is a 24-hour fully-equipped medical center, located on the ground level of the Terminal 1 Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse. There are also prayer rooms (for either men or women), a lounge for women, a children’s play area and the the G-Force Health Club with a swimming pool, gym and massage facilities.
The Dubai International Airport Hotel, a five-star facility, is located on level three of the Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse; rooms are available on a nightly and hourly base. There are many hotels situation in the vicinity, the closest being Holiday Inn Dubai, Golden Tulip Aeroplane, Rimal Rotana Suites, InterContinental Dubai>, Le Meridien Hotel Dubai, Sheraton Diera Hotel, Taj Palace Dubai, Four Points Bur Dubai, Sheraton Dubai Hotel, Ramada Dubai and Marriott JW Dubai. Many hotels offer courtesy shuttle buses to/from the airport. Hotel reservations can be made in the Arrivals hall.
Airport Disabled Facilities :
There are desks dedicated to passengers with special needs between rows A and B in the Departures hall. Electric carts are available to transport passengers to/from the new Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse, where disabled passengers can access special lounges near gates 9 and 22; a dedicated lounge for disabled travellers is also available in the Arrivals hall. Assistance is available for those with special needs; passengers should request special assistance from their airline prior to travel. Rooms for disabled passengers are available in the Dubai International Airport Hotel.
Airport Conference And Business Facilities :
There are two business centers within the Terminal 1 Departures concourse. The Connect Business Centre, in the Dubai International Airport Hotel, has five meeting rooms, accommodating from six to 18 delegates, and a conference room for up to 60 delegates. There is also a first-rate communications system, eight workstations, and secretarial and office services facilities. Global Link, near gate 16, has six ISD booths, workstations with Internet and fax, and secretarial services around the clock. Touch-screen Internet kiosks, which take credit card payments, are located opposite the DCA First Class Lounge and the Irish Village . There are several first- and business-class lounges, many with workstations and Internet access, in both Terminal 1 and 2. VVIP and VIP lounges, with private offices and showers, are available for passengers using the Al Majilis facility, which must be booked 24 hours in advance (via the airport’s Web site).
Arriving passengers who need to collect the original visa permit at the airport can do so at the specially designated desks at the end of the Arrivals tunnel before taking the escalators to passport control desks.
There are 32 passport control desk upon arrivals. Visitors to Dubai need a valid passport or travel document and visa. Those arriving in Dubai need not fill in the embarkation cards if their visas have been issued in Dubai. Thirty-three countries have been exempted for visa requirement. E-gates are available here for faster processing of immigration formalities.