Left Baggage facility is available 24 hours in Dubai International Airport (terminal 3) and it is located after clearing customs at the arrival hall beside entrance 1. The cost as follows:
20 Dirhams per 12 hours for a standard size baggage.
25 Dirhams per 12 hours for oversize baggage.
source: Maryam Abdulrahman, custoner feedback officer
Dubai airport is overcrowded and haphazard. I reached 2 hours before my flight departure and actually almost just about made it to the gate before the scheduled departure. The queue for security screening was unbearably long. The flight check-in counter was longer. The immigration line was not any better. Once I'm through, there seems like a mad rush by everyone to get to their gates. Especially for gates which are like miles away. Not a nice airport to travel. At least, not until they are done with their expansion works.
- If your plane docks at one of the gates and you have children with you, I would advise to use one of the Emirates-strollers. You'll see them lined up in a cupboard on your left side as soon as you leave the gate and enter the airport building.
- Then follow the "Arrival" signs until you reach the lifts/escalators that take you down to the arrival tunnel. The arrival tunnel is approximately 500 metres long. You can either walk through it or wait for a ride on the small shuttle car that takes you to the end of the tunnel. If you have kids or seniors with you, I would advise to make use of that.
- At the end of the tunnel you'll see the visa-collection counters on your left. If you are visiting Dubai for less than 60 days and hold one of the "privileged" nationalities you don't need to wait at the visa collection, because you'll get a "visa on arrival" at immigration directly. Here's a list of those countries: http://guide.theemiratesnetwork.com/living/visa.php
Otherwise you'll need a pre-arranged visa which your sponsor should've deposited at the airport. You have to collect that from the visa-collection then.
- After passing the visa-collection, you need to go to the eye-scan counters, which are located right next to the visa collection. After that the lift/escalator takes you up to the main arrival area. Proceed to immigration where your passport/visa will be checked. If you have kids with you, they should give you priority.
- After immigration, go to the right side where your hand luggage will be screened. Then move on to the baggage collection. There are 10 baggage collection belts and you have to check the screens to see where the baggage from your flight is.
- After collecting your baggage, you pass customs. They'll only stop you there if you look "suspicious" which has never happened to me. :)
- Then you'll go through a small hall to reach the exit door. On the other side you'll see hundreds of people waiting. If someone is at the airport to pick you up, that person will be standing there. Otherwise just keep walking straight to the Taxi waiting area and take a cab.
Emirates Airline can provide a 14 day transit visa, may be taking it from the hotels. The visa can be used in 30 days from the date of issue and once entered in UAE, it will be valid for up to 14 days.
Unless you are blessed with wealth, you will probably enjoy most of your travels across the world in Economy – also know as “Cattle Class”. The best airline in the world for those reasonable airfares is EMIRATES.
Why Emirates are better:
· Best Flight Crews in the air
These people pride themselves on being friendly. They are happy to be there, happy to see you and it shows. No request is a problem.
· Comfortable seats
The interiors are always new, you always get a pillow and a blanket, and seats are plush.
· Free Unlimited alcohol
Anything you want and the crew don’t hassle you if you want to drink a lot of cold beers, wine, whiskey, whatever you choose.
· In-flight entertainment
You can watch about 10-15 brand new movies and you can pause movies so you can go on your travels inside the plane. Also have the forward and underside cameras to watch takeoffs and landings just like you were in the cockpit
· Hot face towel when you get onboard.
Really nice if this is not your first flight of the day
· Good food
No airline has great food, but everything is good and the food is recognisable.
· Company ethos
The whole airline is based on the Arabic concept of hospitality. You are treated like a Prince or Princess regardless of how much you paid.
Emirates flights are sometimes $30-100 more than other airlines roundtrip prices, but the service you get is priceless and the rest you get makes your first day of holiday that much better.
EMIRATES. The best. The end.
Dubai is so close to the UK you could almost go there for a long weekend! A flight from London is only 6.5-7.5 hours - a breeze if you are used to 24 hour flights to Australia as I am ; )
Around 80 different airlines currently fly into Dubai, making it an important transport hub in the Middle East. Our first visit to Dubai was a short one - just a couple of hours spent in the airport, on our way to Sydney. That time we were flying with Emirates, Dubai's international airline. On our first 'proper' visit to Dubai, in Dec 2007, we flew from London Heathrow with British Airways. As mentioned, the flight was very manageable at around 7 hours.
Upon arrival, although it was around 1am local time, we faced long queues at passport control. Yawn. At least that meant only a very short wait for our luggage. Exiting the airport after 2am, I was astounded by the number of people there to meet arrivals - the majority seemed to be holding signs from various hotels/tour operators. We were supposed to be collected by our hotel, and spent several minutes scouring all of the signs looking for our names or the hotels name. Hmph..... in the end I had to ring the hotel and they were most apologetic, apparently the car coming to collect us had broken down. Oh well, we jumped in a taxi (there were plenty of them) and the hotel reimbursed us on arrival.
Our return flight back to London didn't depart until 3am. We arrived at the airport around 12.30am and loved the fact that there was hardly any queues at all for check-in and security. Once through to 'airside', the duty free shops were packed full of shoppers, and we joined the throngs - I can never resist duty free lip gloss and chocolate.
The only negative thing about the airport on the departure side was that there were hardly any seats to sit on, unless you went through to your depart lounge. We had no choice but to sit on the floor for a while at around 2am, as our gate hadn't opened yet.
Dubai is becoming one of the world’s main hubs for air traffic. The main driving force is Emirates, the airline of the emirate of Dubai. This airline has become a global player in the recent years and has always some good offer for flights to Dubai. If you are flying with Emirates via Dubai to any other destination, it is easy to plan a stopover of two or three days in Dubai.
The airline has flights from most of the large airports in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. As of 2007, flights to the Americas are only offered from New York, Toronto, Houston and Sao Paulo. The service of this airline is known to be among the best in the world. Even economy class passengers can enjoy better meals and more entertainment than on the classic carriers. Emirates has a perfect safety record with no hull loss since its founding in 1985.
Dubai’s international airport is a very modern one and its home carrier Emirates is doing the best to fill it.Unfortunately, Emirates is doing its job far too good so that the airport is always crowded, no matter at which time of the day. That’s why construction works are going on to expand the current structures.But even this is not enough so that a second airport is currently being constructed at Jebel Ali to the east of Dubai city. Right now,I would like to recommend to be early at the airport. Expect long queues at the check-in desks and security control areas. The process is not going really slow like in other places I have seen, it’s just that there are far too many passengers. The distances are also quite long and the security checks numerous, so please plan at least an hour from check.in to your gate or you may be denied boarding just because you arrived too late at your gate. After you have passed all the checks and controls, you’ll find a huge,crowded building with many shops, restaurants and all facilities you will expect at any airport. Toilets and showers are always clean, but also always crowded. The same goes for the shops, most of which are open 24 hours. As I said, it doesn’t matter at which time of the day you are arriving or departing here. The airport is always full and traffic does not stop just because it’s night.
I have travelled to Dubai from Cairo and Khartoum. It goes without saying that travelling by Emirates is the best way to fly because of their up to date aircraft and friendly service.Having your own private screen is better than trying to see the overhead screen.
But, I had no complaints to make when travelling by Egyptair either. My most interesting trip was by cargo plane, sitting in a small compartment behind the cockpit. No windows, no service, no seat belts, and just a huge empty space in the body of the plane where normally passengers would sit.
On arrival in Dubai there is a long passenger conveyer track or walk to the immigration area; though arriving from Khartoum we had a long bus ride [almost an hour] to get to Immigration. There the queues are quite long , unless you have a fasttrack card, but once at the desk there is no problem if you have a visa or are travelling on a passport that allows free
entry. Nowadays anyone can have 96 hours without a visa. My British passport gives me 60 days.
The luggage may have arrived on the carrousel, or come soon after you reach it.
Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It serves as a major hub in the Middle East region and also as a connection point for flights between different European and Asian destinations.
The airport has 2 runways, however one of them is currently closed for construction. Despite that, flights arriving and departing in Dubai are usually on time or just delayed by a few minutes.
Most of the flights arrive at Terminal 1, but a few small airlines operate from Terminal 2, which of course is much smaller. Terminal 3 of the airport is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2008.
Sharjah Airport is twenty times easier to navigate and clear customes than Dubai airport. Air Arabia and a few others operate from there; lots of odd destinations can be reached from here inexpensively.
The prices we found for Emirates airlines were excellent, several hundred dollars below other quotes. The seats were very comfortable, with a 2 - 4 - 2 layout in the economy section. In flight entertainment was outstanding. Each seat is equiped with it's own screen for viewing movies, television or games. There is also a huge variety of music to chose from. Meals were actually very good, with huge portions served.
I had only two complaints.
First is that almost the entire flight from New York City to Dubai (and back) were spent with the cabin lights off. It felt like we were flying in a cave.
Second is that the weight allowance for checked bags is on 20 kgs (44 pounds)!! That's not much! Overweight charge up to 70 pounds is $25 per overweight bag.
Emirates Airlines is the national carrier for the U.A.E. and is one airline that I frequently use when I travel around these parts. The Dubai-based airline boasts of many destinations, a modern fleet and world class service. Most of the aircrafts are quite new, especially the long haul and the ones for major destinations.
The entertainment onboard is also first class, offering the latest movies & other entertainment. However, I was on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Vienna and the TV didn't work at all on my 6-hr journey
The online booking facility is also easy & convenient to use. The frequent flyer program is called Skywards and it's quite good in terms of earning & spending miles.
Frankly, I prefer an asian airlines e.g Malaysian Airlines or Singapore Airlines because they give better service & hospitality
Have to say Dubai International Airport is quite impressing. It has even got awards for its Arabic architecture.
Was happy with Emirates Airline as well. The flight from Zurich to Dubai was very good, but the plane from Dubai to Perth was a bit older, I think.
Dubai International Airport (http://www.dubaiairport.com/diainternet/) (DXB) is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of the UAE's flag carrier Emirates (http://www.emirates.com/). The airport is famous for its duty-free shopping (http://www.dubaidutyfree.com).
When flying from Dubai, travellers should be aware that security is very tight, with up to three baggage screenings before boarding. The baggage-handling system has also been known to break down on occasion, causing considerable delays.
Emirates passengers are also required to be at the gate lounge 30-35 minutes before departure, in order to ensure that the flight departs on time. Late arrivals at this point can and will be offloaded from the flight.
The Dubai International Airport was built in 1959 by order of the late ruler, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and was the first airport to be built in the UAE. At that time, the airport only contained one runway, which length was 1.8 km (1.12 miles). The airport is 4 km (2.5 miles) south-east of the city center and is positioned at latitude 25° 25 N, longitude 55° 36 E. The Dubai Airport is the fastest growing airport in the Middle East and has been nominated the best airport in 2002 and 2003 by a survey carried out by IATA (International Air Transport Association).
The Dubai Intl. Airport is continuously developing and currently has 2 terminals and accommodates 100 airlines, which connect to over 140 destinations. The airport has a meet-and-greet assistance service known as Marhaba Services [(4) 224 5780].
Terminal 1 (Sheikh Rashid Terminal or Concourse 1)
This terminal is the main heart of the Dubai Airport and was reopened in April 2000 as the second stage of the airport expansion program, which began in 1997.
The terminal was built to reduce the congestion of Terminal 1 and was opened in May 1998.