Airport hacks: Dubai International Airport

Flying in and out of Dubai International Airport will be a breeze with these handy tips

Concourse B, Dubai International Airport

Concourse B, Dubai International Airport

Dubai welcomed over 70 million international passengers in 2014 — a six percent increase from the previous year’s. And the figures are expected to rise even higher: Mid-2015 already saw over 30 million people pass through its doors.

But the Dubai International Airport is more than able to accommodate everyone with its three state-of-the-art terminals and facilities. And given the volume of traffic, they’ve made transportation easy, especially for female and kiddie travelers.

  • There are official taxi ranks in each terminal. Ladies can even opt for female-driven cabs — they’re the ones with the pink roof.
  • The metro can take you from Terminal 1 to 3. Women with children can hop on a special carriage allotted just for them. For tickets and a top-up Nol card, head to the airport stations.
  • Note that the metro begins its service between Terminal 1 and 3 before 6am, except on Fridays. If you happen to be at the airport on a Friday before 1pm, you can get on the free 24-hour shuttle bus instead.
  • Nol cards are used on buses to the city, so be sure to purchase one.

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Also read: How to make the most out of your airport layover

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Smile magazine.

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