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Dubai International Airport

General information

Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the Middle East and frequently used as a stopover for passengers travelling between Europe and Asia. The airport consists of three terminals and two long runways, it has grown in recent years from 51 million passengers in 2011 to 89 million passengers in 2018. A large percentage of the flights in an out of this airport are operated by Emirates (Terminal 3) and flydubai (Terminal 2).


Where is Dubai International Airport located?

Dubai International Airport is located northwest of the city of Dubai, not far from the sea and many hotels. By car, the airport is easily accessible via the E11 motorway. Besides, metros run to and from the airport.

How many terminals does Dubai International Airport have?

The airport has three terminals, known as Terminal 1 (Gate D), Terminal 2 (Gate F) and Terminal 3 (Gates A, B, C). Terminals T1 and T3 are located south of the runways, T2 is located north of them. Terminal 3 is the largest terminal and the main hub of Emirates. Concourse D is the connecting place at Dubai International Airport, with connections to Terminal 1 using the ‘APM airport trains’ and to Terminal 2 with shuttle buses. Gates B, C and D are within walking distance of each other. If you have to move between gates A and B you will have to use the ‘APM airport trains’.

TIP: Many well-known museums, sights and attractions require online reservations. If you are interested in Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain (incl. boat ride) and a desert safari (incl. camel ride and sandboarding), the convenient Dubai Digital Pass is highly recommended!

Airport Map

Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Dubai International Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in United Arab Emirates.

Airport Distance
Sharjah Airport 17km
Al Maktoum International Airport 45km
Abu Dhabi International Airport 116km



The distance from Dubai International Airport to the centre of Dubai is 15 kilometres. By car, it takes 20 minutes to get to the centre of Dubai.

From DXB Airport to Dubai City centre by Car
15 km
20 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Dubai International Airport by public transport. Visit the Dubai International Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Dubai International Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Dubai is about AED 80.-. Book your taxi at Dubai International Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From DXB Airport to Dubai City centre by Taxi
15 km
20 min
AED 80.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Dubai International Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Dubai International Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Dubai International Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Dubai International Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Dubai International Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Dubai International Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Dubai International Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Emirates
  • flydubai
  • SpiceJet
  • IndiGo
  • Turkish Airlines


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Dubai International Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel, Dubai

Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport is located opposite to Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, and is a short walk from Emirates Metro Station. Rooms include air conditioning and satellite TV.


Le Meridien Dubai Hotel, Royal Club & Conference Centre, Dubai

Set in extensive landscaped gardens, this 5-star retreat is just 2 km from Deira City. It has 4 swimming pools and 18 restaurants and bars for guests to choose from.

Hotels in Dubai

Looking for the best hotels in Dubai? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Taj Dubai, Dubai

Featuring panoramic views of Burj Khalifa, the luxurious Indian themed Taj Dubai is situated in the heart of the business bay area just a stone’s throw away from the Dubai’s famed Downtown area and Dubai Mall, that can easily be reached with the free...


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

Situated on its own island, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features suites overlooking the sea, 8 signature restaurants and a full-service spa.


Canal Central Hotel, Dubai

Situated in Dubai, 3.6 km from Burj Khalifa, Canal Central Hotel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel has a bar and a terrace.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Dubai International Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Witness the views over Dubai from the observation deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Ascend 125 floors for a panoramic 360-degree view over the Arabian Gulf.


Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Skip the elevator and security lines for incredible views of Dubai from the 124th, 125th, and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa. Access exclusive observation decks and enjoy personalized attention.

Tour & transport

Dubai: Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, and Buffet Dinner

Discover the beautiful and mysterious Lahbab Desert on this tour that has a little bit of everything.


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