Five things to do in Dubai International Airport
More than 70 million passengers moved through Dubai International’s three terminals during 2014, making it the busiest airport in the world. What’s more, the yearly passenger figure is expected to hit 100 million by 2020, when the emirate is set to host the long-awaited World Expo.
Since it opened in 1960, Dubai International Airport has evolved to become not just a vital airline hub, but also an experience in itself. Nowadays, even if passengers don’t have time to get out and experience our city, the airport offers more than enough in the way of distraction, entertainment and indulgence to while away the hours between connecting flights.
Here are five cool experiences to enjoy in Dubai International Airport:
Chill out in the Zen Gardens
Dubai International has its very own Zen Gardens, complete with fish ponds, trees and benches on which to settle down and pass the time with a good book or email catch-up. Located near gates B7 and B27 in Terminal 3, the gardens are the airport’s very own little slice of nature, serving to up an oasis of tranquility and relaxation.
The gardens are also home to a new children’s area complete with play equipment, TVs screening popular children’s programs, and baby changing rooms. Let your kids burn off excess energy at the interactive games zone and they’re sure to sleep on the connecting flight.
Shop ’till you drop
With more than 26,000 square metres of retail space and a further 7,000 square metres to be added by the end of 2015, Dubai Duty Free is a shopping lover’s paradise. Year after year it smashes records, with annual sales now totalling almost AED7 billion. From cosmetics to confectionary, electronics to books and games, Dubai Duty Free has it covered.
The luxury of sleep
For those with time to kill and tiredness to alleviate, Terminal 1 has the ultimate answer: the Snoozecube. Located adjacent to gate C22 and available to rent by the hour, each of the ten Snoozecubes offers a comfortable bed, touchscreen TV, Wi-Fi, music and enough room to store carry-on luggage. And the best bit? They are completely soundproof.
Live it up in the lounge
For those privileged (or lucky) enough to be flying first or business class, Dubai International’s lounges are the only way to chill pre-flight. While the airport has its own premium areas for passengers not invited into individual airlines’ lounges, for pure luxury and convenience it’s impossible to beat the Emirates first- and business-class lounges, which offer direct access to the boarding gates through a private lift as well as wi-fi, showers, spa treatments, fine dining, snacks, drinks and all plenty of reading material.
Dubai International Airport even has its own five-star hotel. Without leaving the airport, check in and treat yourself to a swim, a session in the steam room or sauna, and sleep overnight in a luxuriously appointed guestroom.