Summer is the busiest travel period globally. What with the school holidays and general consensus for sunshine seeking, Dubai gets pretty busy. And why wouldn’t it? With glorious sunshine, mega pool day deals, and some of the world’s best restaurants, the city draws the crowds year-round. With this convenient guide, you’ll be able to get ahead of the crowds and make the most of what’s on offer at Dubai International Airport. We’re all going on a summer holiday, and that holiday starts now.
Start your trip on a relaxing note by checking in at home before you arrive. Use the DUBZ powered by dnata service if flying from Terminal 1 or 2. Or if flying Emirates, make use of their online or app check-in service and you’ll arrive at the airport with your laid-back holiday mode already activated.
Organise your orders
Don’t want to spend a second in queues at the airport? Plan in advance and you’ll be able to shop everywhere you want, and eat all the food, without having to move off those perfect seats right by your boarding gate. The DXB&more delivery service gives you access to the best of the airport, with Dubai Duty Free the one-stop-shop for all your gifts (and anything that doesn’t quite fit in that hold luggage), plus restaurants such as Jones the Grocer and Nutella Café meaning you won’t go hungry. Currently available in Terminal 3, Concourses B and C, with collection points at various boarding gates and lounges, just visit dxbmore.com for inspiration and keep an eye out for the QR codes when you’re in the airport for easy ordering.
Get your shop on
The whole troop is fed and watered, what comes next? Shopping of course. And when you’re at DXB, you know you’re in for a serious spree. Yes, you can pick up all your favourite beauty products, get cool designer shades and even buy gold. There’s also some unique experiences, such as the Guerlain pop-up (Terminal 3, Concourse B and C) where you can customise your bottle of perfume – because nothing says holiday spirit like a new, fresh scent.
Relax in the lounge
Kick start your relaxation by putting your feet up in the Marhaba Lounges that are in every terminal. Open 24-hours a day, the lounges have a range of international fare on offer along with hot, soft and alcoholic drinks. Running a competition this month, if you draw your dream destination on one of the postcards provided and post it on social media while hanging out here, you will have the chance to win an exciting travel-themed prize. You can also buy tote bags, luggage tags and postcards for a good cause, as Marhaba have teamed up with Al Jalila Children’s Hospital as a way of giving back to the community.
Yes, you read that correctly. It’s possible to have a quick dip, read your book neck-above water, or rack up some lengths pre-flight when you’re at DXB. Keen swimmers or those looking to escape the airport crowds should head to G-Force Health Club at Dubai International Hotel and dive straight into their Relaxation Pool to get their holiday well and truly started. Access costs from Dhs75 for one hour or Dhs99 for two hours, including use of the calming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, showers and gym.
Terminal 3, Concourse B and Concourse C.
Upgrade your dining
Calories don’t count when you’re on vacation. And your vacation starts as soon as you enter DXB. Which is just as well as there are so many delicious options to try. From Giraffe’s katsu chicken noodles that you can tuck into in Terminal 1, Concourse D, to Hard Rock Cafe’s famous Original Legendary Burger in Terminal 3, Concourse B. If you fancy something higher end, pay a visit to Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 3, Concourse A and enjoy fine dining from chef Subhash Chander.
Get your sun cream
Sun burn is never a good look, nor is sun-fried hair (ladies we know you feel us on this one). So before your big trip make sure you head to Boots and pick up your UV essentials. Eucerin have a Spf50+ option for Dhs100, while Boots own brand Soltan has affordable products including a facial sensitive protect.
Terminal 1, Concourse D. Terminal 3, Concourse B and Arrivals.