Top things to do at Dubai International Airport
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Dubai International (DXB), recognised as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, offers more than enough in the way of distraction, entertainment and indulgence to while away the hours between connecting flights.

Time to unwind

The world’s leading designers have all found a home at Dubai International. Skip the mall and indulge in some retail therapy before your flight at Dubai Duty Free across all the terminals. Choose from the latest Chanel handbags, iconic Tiffany rings, shoes from Jimmy Choo, perfumes from Guerlain and more.

"Dubai Duty Free often has great deals on, making every buy a bargain"

Take a break from shopping to unwind with a meal. DXB has over 135 food outlets so you can embark on a culinary journey around the world or simply dine on your favourite flavours at eateries at every terminal. Try the delicious pasta from The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, salads at CNN Traveller Café, dim sum at The Noodle House and Turkish pide at Giraffe World Kitchen.

Contact Details:

Dubai Duty Free, Terminals 1, 2 & 3
+971 4 216 2453

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Terminal 1, Concourse D
+971 4 224 5555

Access premium lounges

Shhhh, we’re going to let you in on a little secret – you don’t have to travel business class to enjoy the benefits of a private lounge at DXB. Anyone can pay to use Marhaba’s airport lounges (Terminal 1 Concourse D, Terminal 2 & Terminal 3 Concourse A, B and C ), while Skywards members (Blue and above) can also use Emirates’ lounges for a reasonable fee.

"Several premium banks and credit card companies offer complimentary access to airport lounges"

The lounges offer everything from fresh juice bars and dedicated baristas to in-lounge Duty Free boutiques for a more exclusive shopping experience. Sit back, enjoy great food and relax in the executive surroundings, 24 hours a day.

If you’d like to stay on top of work, the lounges also offer a range of business services and speedy Wi-Fi internet access.

Contact Details:

Marhaba lounges, Terminals 1, 2 & 3
+971 4 389 8989

Emirates’ lounges, Terminal 3
+971 600 555 555

Book in some me time

While travelling and long-haul flights can often take its toll, DXB has just the remedy. Whether you’re looking for a stress-busting massage, relaxing shoulder rub or simply a quick mani/pedi before you board your flight, there’s a beauty haven for you. Choose from Be Relax (Terminal 3, A Gates and Terminal 1, D Gates), XpresSpa (Terminal 3, B Gates) and Timeless Spa (Dubai International Hotel, Terminal 3, B and C Gates) for a refreshing time before your flight.

"If you’re short on time, call ahead to secure your slot at the airport’s many spas"

A swimming pool in an airport might sound unlikely, but that’s exactly what DXB offers. The airport’s Dubai International Hotel has a fantastic pool that’s open to all passengers, not just hotel guests. It’s the perfect pick-me-up in between connecting flights. If you’d prefer to work out, the hotel’s health club also features a modern gym, and you can even unwind in the Jacuzzi and steam room afterwards.

Contact Details:

Be Relax, Terminal 1 & 3
+971 4 250 0524

XpresSpa, Terminal 3
+971 4 343 3011

Timeless Spa, Terminal 3
+971 4 505 9555

Dubai International Hotel health club, Terminal 3
+971 4 224 4000


Picnic by the lake

Get some shut eye

Designed with comfort in mind, the sleep ‘n fly lounge at DXB’s Terminal 3 is the perfect place for a power nap. With igloo-styled sleep pods to choose from, as well as bigger double cabins with pull-out beds for kids, you can get some well-deserved rest and relaxation before your flight.

"If you’ve got a long transit stay, check-in to the Dubai International Hotel in Terminal 3"

If you’re in Terminal 1 (Concourse D), transit passengers can also book a slick SnoozeCube. These soundproof cubicles are like mini hotel rooms, featuring not only a bed but also a television and room to store carry-on luggage.

Contact Details:

sleep ‘n fly lounge, Terminal 3
+971 52 355 1477

SnoozeCube, Concourse D, Terminal 1

Fun for all ages

Got a couple of hours to go before your flight? Use the airport’s speedy Wi-Fi internet – quirkily named WOW-Fi – to stream the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic blockbusters on your smartphones or laptop through video-on-demand content provider, Best of all, there’s no sign in required. Simply download the Icflix app for free and start streaming 24/7.

"There’s always something interesting happening at the airport, from pop-up trampoline parks to live concerts, so it’s best to check ahead to find out what’s in store"

DXB’s dedicated Kids Zone at Terminal 3 features interactive games, family-friendly entertainment, restaurants and a climbing area for monkeying around, giving children (and their parents) some much needed down-time.

Contact Details:

Kids Zone, Terminal 3, near Gate B7
+971 4 224 5555