Time Out DXB

Oct 5th 2021

We don’t need to tell you that we have a lot of screen time. From TVs to computers, tablets to phones, we’re never far from that tell-tale blue light. But for once we’re not here to tell you to take a screen break (you can save that for the plane, eye masks: on). On the contrary, we’re here to tell you just how easy your digital journey at DXB can be. And in an age where contactless and social distancing are buzzwords, we think you’ll find this handy guide very useful indeed. So get ready to digitalise your pre-flight journey and relax.

Catch the latest show with OSN

Fancy catching up with your favourite TV programmes. At DXB you can tell your time ahead of your flight with access to OSN’s streaming app – completely free. The streaming service provides exclusive access to original content from DISNEY+, HBO, Universal and many other major Hollywood studios as well as Arabic shows and documentaries.

You’ll get access to thousands of hours of universally acclaimed blockbuster movies, trending series, box-sets, kids’ content, award winning documentaries, and more. You can connect to OSN’s new streaming app through a link on the DXB super-fast WOW-FI and will have free access for 24 hours. We’re not singing along to Disney tunes, you are.

All terminals.

Check in, from home…

Ready to make your journey even speedier? This summer thousands of travellers have been taking advantage of Emirates home check-in. Powered by DUBZ, dnata’s baggage technology and logistics company, the home check-in service is also available for customers flying with all other airlines departing from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

All terminals.

… Or use contactless self-check in and bag drop

Emirates self-check-in and bag drop, which launched late last year in DXB, upgraded further this year, becoming touchless, for your smart contactless journey. There are 32 self-service bag drop machines and 16 check-in kiosks, which can all be controlled by personal mobile devices without touching the screens; providing a safe and convenient airport experience. Plus, there are now six new self check-in and bag drop kiosks in the First and Business Class area. The kiosks allow customers to check-in, receive their boarding pass, choose seats on board and drop off their bags. New services have also been added to allow passengers to make payments for other purchases, such as additional baggage allowance, directly at the kiosks. Some restrictions apply, so double check on your destination.

Terminal 3.

Dig into tasty eats or shop ’til you drop with DXB&more

There’s a brand-new way to get your food and shopping in Dubai International – and you don’t even need to walk to it. DXB&more is the new convenient and contactless food and shopping solution in the airport that helps you save time and skip the queues. You can order ahead of time and pick-up from a store or, even simpler, have the items delivered to a convenient meeting point in the concourse, including lounges and boarding gates. Want to know what’s in store? You can get DXB&more in Concourses B and C at Candylicious, Costa Coffee, Desi Lunchbox, FIX, Hard Rock Cafe, Jones the Grocer, Le Clos, The Market, McDonald’s, Nutella Café, O’Briens, Panda Express, The Roost, S34, St. Mia, Taste of India, The Hangar, The Wok, Treehouse Juicery and Wanna Poke. You can also order from Dubai Duty Free. It’s super-simple, too. Just head to dxbmore.com or scan the QR codes on stickers across the airport. Time: saved.

Concourse B and C, Terminal 3.

Do your shopping ahead of time with Dubai Duty Free

Know what perfume you want and don’t want to spend time sniffing a variety of scents that will leave you in a tailspin of why you went in there in the first place? Or perhaps you’ve already picked out that ideal gift for Mum but know you don’t have much time to dally around at the airport? It’s time to get your order placed in advance. Dubai Duty Free offers a click and collect service, so you know exactly what you’re going to get, and it’s ready for you to pick it up when you arrive. Can’t get much simpler than that.

All terminals.

Download latest reads with Magzter

Did you know that if you’re flying through DXB you now get access to more than 7,000 magazines, newspapers, journals and comics, making DXB the world’s first ‘smart reading airport’? And if you didn’t, you do now. All you need to do is head onto Magzter via DXB’s wifi system and you can download the latest issues of your favourite titles, including Cosmoplitan, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar onto your device.

All terminals.

Get your currency to-go at Travelex

Don’t waste time queuing at the airport, or valuable minutes ahead of your holiday sorting out your money – you can now order your foreign currency online to pick up at the airport with Travelex. The established company’s mission to simplify things for its customers, and this is one cracking way of going about it. There are 15 stores at DXB too, so you can’t miss them. All you need to do is order from the comfort of your own home (at travelexae.com) and pick up from DXB. Plus, all currency is sanitised, using UV technology, giving you peace of mind. There are more than 60 currencies available, so that’s one less thing to worry about – and all the more time to dig into a burger or sip on a glass of grape at DXB ahead of your 􀃁ight, we say.

All terminals.

Go through the Smart Gates

Make your journey faster by using DXB’s Smart Gates. It’s simple – and you can get through the gates simply by looking in the green light – with no documents or scanning needed. The service is available to all UAE Nationals and GCC Nationals and UAE residents, as well as visa on arrival guests with biometric passports. You need to be registered to use the Smart Gates. All guests who have recently arrived at DXB are likely to have been registered when they entered the immigration touchpoint.

All terminals.

Hum along to the latest tunes with Anghami

Not too loudly, mind, not everyone agrees you’re the next Beyoncé. At DXB you can access free music thanks to Anghami, the biggest music streaming platform in the Arab world. Ready to listen? As part of Dubai Airports’ musicDXB programme, you can get free access to special travel-themed playlists – and you can stream them simply through the airport’s rapid wifi system.

Prove your vaccination status with your Emirates ID

Don’t want to be carrying around heaps of stuff with you? Emirates IDs can now be used to show proof of vaccination at Dubai International when flying with Emirates Airline. An arrangement with Emirates and Dubai Health Authority means UAE residents don’t need to present a physical negative test certificate or vaccine card when checking in. Instead, you just insert your Emirates ID into a card reader when you arrive at the departures terminal.

All terminals.

Use your face as your passport

Dubai is pretty high-tech, and DXB proves just that. At Dubai International you can use integrated biometric path to breeze through DXB. Utilising the latest facial biometric technology, Emirates passengers check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge, and board your flight, simply by strolling through the airport. Easy.

All terminals.

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