After one long flight and with another to go, you could be forgiven for needing a rest. Dubai Airport has a variety of ways to help you rest and recover while on the move.
Catering to the highest levels of international passenger traffic in the world, Dubai International airport is a very popular destination for both quick connections and longer layovers, so the demand for a place to rest in between journeys is unsurprising. In 2017, ONGROUND Hospitality expanded their airport Sleep Lounge to Dubai with a 24-hour sleep ’n fly lounge in Terminal 3.
If you have more than a few hours to fill, it can be the ideal place to readjust. The lounge is home to 20 igloo-style sleep pods, each with comfortable 90-degree-when-upright brown leather seats which quickly convert to a 2m long, 180-degree flat bed. There’s space to safely tuck away carry-on luggage inside the Scandinavian-inspired design, and facilities to charge your devices before setting off again.
Inside one of the pods
The experience is made more relaxing by providing hygienic, disposable pillow covers and cosy blankets on request. Tinted side windows and a felt canvas roof provide enough privacy (and ventilation) without inducing cabin fever. And you can be sure not to sleep through your alarm as stays include a wakeup service where you rise with a cold or hot towel to freshen up before leaving.
Rental fees are charged in US$ and range from $19 (AED70) for one hour and up to $137 (AED503) for 12 hours ($10 per additional hour thereafter). Rates depend on whether your check-in and check-out time occurs during the day or the peak overnight hours. It’s also worth noting the requirement of a minimum six hour stay if check-out is after midnight or check-in is before 8am. While you don’t have to book in advance, doing so will ensure your space, however online payment can only be done via Paypal. In-person transactions for walk-ins include the option of card or cash.
If you’d prefer a little extra room to stretch out, the air-conditioned Yawn Cabins might be a better fit. The seven sound-proof capsules give you four square metres to sprawl out, including a fully-made 140cm x 200cm double bed. Prices start at $69 (AED253) for two hours to $283 (AED1,039) for 12 hours, with additional time at $20 (AED73) per hour thereafter. It’s important to note that pods do not offer bathroom facilities, which are situated outside the lounge. However, each pod includes a full-length mirror and coat hanger, so you can easily add business layers before a big meeting. Plus, the internal desk and reading lights make it a convenient space to work on the go.
Try a SnoozeCube
Much like the sleep pods, the New Zealand designed SnoozeCubes provide a compact space to sleep, surf the internet, plus watch shows and movies on touchscreen TVs. Located at Concourse D Terminal 1, there are 13 cubes, each with space to store hand luggage and hang a coat. Renters can put their feet up for $21 per hour for a single person or $28 to share with a second, with a two-hour minimum rental.
Check into a hotel
For something more conventional, you can also put your feet up in one of Dubai International Hotel’s 530 rooms, where some spaces even include massage chairs to relieve those post-travel knots. It’s directly accessible from Concourse C and is attached to the Timeless Spa, which has 72 treatment rooms located across Concourses A, B and C. Those who use the Ahlan ‘Meet & Greet’ concierge service (prices vary by party size) can enjoy free 25-minute treatments with the purchase of a First Class package. The Business Class package allows access to the spa’s longer paid-for treatments.
There’s also a number of health clubs accessible at the hotel. You’ll find them in Concourse B (above Gate B12, Concourse C (above Gate C15) and soon also in Concourse A (above Gate A1). Guests can freshen up with a workout in the gym, have a swim or a shower in between flights.
Spend time in the spa
If you don’t have a lot of time, XpresSpa in the Gate B area offers everything from manicures to facials, as well as selling products that will make the next leg of your journey more comfortable. Alternatively, Be Relax (at Gates A, B, C and D) also provides wellbeing and beauty services.