Getting from A to B needn’t be complicated. And it’s certainly not when you’re at Dubai International where the legendary customer service, shopping experiences and delicious eateries come together to create a seamless experience. In an age where you can check in before arriving at the airport and rent a bed to have a pre-flight nap, when you travel through DXB there’s no excuse for arriving at your destination feeling anything but relaxed. Follow these essential travel hacks and you’ll be a seasoned travel pro in no time.
1. Save time with DUBZ home check-in service
Make your journey even speedier by 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.
2. Use the contactless self-check-in and baggage drop
Emirates self-check-in and baggage drop, which launched in 2020, has become increasingly popular. Now touchless, 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 six self-check-in and bag drop kiosks in the First and Business Class areas. The kiosks allow customers to check-in, receive their boarding passes, choose seats onboard and drop off their bags.
3. Do your shopping before you arrive with DXB&more
Decided on the perfect gift for your friend and don’t want to be tempted to buy one for yourself too? Know what food you want to eat but don’t have time to queue? Cut the browsing time by ordering your shopping, and airport meal on the DXB&more app. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with meals from restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Jones The Grocer available at the click of a button, plus all the goods from Dubai Duty Free up for grabs on the easy-to-use app. Currently available in Terminal 3, Concourse B and C, with collection points at various boarding gates and lounges, just visit dxbmore.com for inspiration or keep an eye out for the QR codes while you’re in the airport.
Terminal 3, Concourse B and C
4. Save time with Travelex
Don’t waste time queuing at the airport, or spend valuable minutes ahead of your holiday sorting out your money – not when you can order your foreign currency ahead of time with Travelex. It is the established company’s mission to simplify things for its customers, and this is one of the great ways of going about it. All you need to do is order on their website travelexae.com and pick it up from one of their 15 stores at the airport. There are more than 60 currencies available, so that’s one less thing to worry about – all the more time to bite into a mighty burger if you ask us.
5. Relax in style at the marhaba lounges
Weary traveller? Put the yawns on hold as you rest up pre- or post-flight in the marhaba airport lounges. Open 24-hours a day the lounges have a range of international dishes on offer along with hot, soft and alcoholic drinks. A peaceful oasis in the midst of the busy terminals, this is where smart flyers come to eat, drink and work.
6. Book a meet & greet
Make arriving and departing simpler with marhaba’s meet & greet services. Whether you’re flying in or out of DXB, their expert team are on hand to make sure you’re looked after. The bronze package will see you fast-tracked through immigration and security. The silver package also includes a porter to assist with your luggage while the elite package includes an airport buggy, chauffeur transport to your destination and more.
7. Pick up your toiletries
Running low on shampoo? Fret not, as Boots has all your toiletry needs covered, and in mini-travel sized form. Not only are the miniature products super cute, but they’re each under 100ml so they’re the right size to take on board with you. The range includes Soap and Glory’s famous Hand Food hand cream and Bio-Oil’s Skin Care Oil, so you’ve got no excuse to arrive at your destination looking and feeling anything but good.
Terminal 1. Concourse D; Terminal 3, Concourse B and arrivals
8. Stock up on sleep essentials at Be Relax
Napping on the go might not be the easiest products it’s that bit easier. Pick up a Be Relax Pure Touch pillow which has been designed with comfort in mind thanks to its memory foam material. Or, try out the new Be Relax Wellness Pillow Original Plus, which is their first with a chin rest included.
Terminal 1, Concourse D; Terminal 3, Concourse A and Concourse B
9. Get the snack situation sorted
Keep the hunger pangs at bay with a solid supply of snacks in your carry on. Plant-based flyers are advised to stop by Camden Food Co. and grab one of their tasty new vegan to-go items, the line-up includes a meatless meatball baguette and a fresh roasted pumpkin salad. If you haven’t tried Pret A Manger’s chocolate chunk cookie yet, take this as your instruction to do so, with thick chunks of sweet dark chocolate and seriously soft dough, we’re sure you won’t regret it.
Terminal 1, Concourse D and Terminal 3, Concourse B
10. Take a pre-flight nap at sleep ‘n fly
Been missing out on those all-important Zs? Pay a visit to one of the sleep ‘n fly Sleep Lounges across the airport for some serious pre-flight napping. Here you can rent a pay-by-the-hour pod or cabin with a comfortable bed, phone charger and blanket. The experience even comes with a wake-up call where sleep travellers can set the time and choose whether they like to be woken with a hot or cold towel. That’s what we like to call a dreamy wake up call.
Terminal 3, Concourse A and C, Terminal 1, Concourse D