By Air, Dubai
Air Arabia is the first Low Cost Airline in the Middle East and flies to and from Sharjah Airport which is between 30minutes and 1 hour from the centre of Dubai depending on traffic. Air Arabia serves destinations in India, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrian, Yemen, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, Russia, Khasakstan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and Iran. If you need to fly around the region check them out, you could save some money.
If you are having a stop over in Dubai here are some tips:
- there are some seats where you can put your legs up, but none where you can lie horizontally (the armrests get in the way)
- some people sleep on the floor behind the chairs
- the designated "quiet" area (by gate 23) is probably the most noisy place there (screaming children and Arab men talking loudly)
- Sky Team lounge is at gate 23 (or you can use Murhaba lounge at gate 20)
- there are some free internet access terminals but they are permanently occupied
- large duty free selection
- there always seems to be an expensive car on offer as a prize but you have to buy a ticket costing 500 dirham
- exchange rate is about 6.36Dh/GBP at the moment
- lots of costa coffee stalls - good quality coffee and cakes but expensive
Dubai airport is the airport to end all airports: as soon as you land you have a taste of what's lazing ahead of you... luxury. This airport is simply amazing, all shining and glittering - and it's also one of the best places to go shopping. Everything is tax fre and, it seemed to us, much cheaper than in town.
Worth of note: the souvenir shop... everything costs next to nothing. So i guess it's a good idea to buy your souvenirs at the very last second of your stay.
Dubai International Airport's new departure terminal is an architectural tour de force. Long layovers don't seem so long when there is so much to look at.
The building is not only beautiful, but easy to navigate and very plushly appointed. You might even find yourself substantially richer if you buy a chance in either the million dollar raffle or one on a luxury car -- and by luxury, I'm talkin' Lamborghini or Porsche or Bentley or even a Rolls Royce. Such cars are won every month. Chances on the cars are good, too: only 1,000 tickets are sold at about $125 each.
Dubai International is served by at least 60 airlines, and, if you're a plane-spotter, you'll see all kinds of exotic companies represented from Air Viet Nam to Kazahstan Airlines. This is a major air hub, and you can get from here to almost anywhere in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia on a non-stop hop. Emirates, Dubai's own carrier, has non-stops to New York, several European capitals, East Africa, South Africa, East, Southeast, and South Asia, as well as Australia. They are supposed to be offering nonstops to Los Angeles soon, too.
N.B.: If you're transiting through Dubai and have not received your onward boarding pass, the transit desks are located on the arrivals level. Make sure you're certain you are in the correct line (queue) because it's often crowded, especially between 10pm and 2am when the airport is the busiest. After obtaining the document, go through security and down the escalator to the departure level. The vast duty free shop is on the next level below.
the airport is spacious and modern, but overestimated: long queues at check-in, long walkway from check-in to departure hall, long walkway to gates, narrow+crowded walkways from aircraft to baggage claim, long waiting for luggage, one crowded greeting area, traffic chaos at pick-up due to construction work and a duty free that might be big in area but has no greater selection than any other.
The airline might have set the standards only a few years ago, but business-class-seats and entertainment system have been surpassed by others, food in economy was quite dissapointing and the mostly english stewardesses have developed a certain arrogance towards their customers. But the departure lounge, in spite of dealing with masses and lacking a sufficient number of internet accesses, is fantastic!
Most of the world's international airlines have their regular flights for Dubai. The national carrier Emirates also operates regular flights from Dubai International airport to more then 70 destinations around the world.
Dubai International airport is really huge in size and passengers have to travel a lot in order to reach the arrival / departure terminals. But with the help of electronic walk ways it becomes easy to walk around.
The airport building is very beautiful and big decorated palm trees have been planted inside. Duty free shops, five star hotel, cafes, food courts, health club, business centre, internet cafes, business and first class lounges are also located inside this huge airport. Pint 19 bar, The Irish Village pub, Safar restaurant and Wings coffee shop are also located at departure levels of the airport.
Emirates, the national carrier is one of the world's best airlines. Their services, food, and aircrafts are simply excellent. That is why i always prefer to travel with Emirates. http://www.emirates.com
Due to the madness of international air fare calculations, we found ourselves using a very little-known Iranian carrier, Kish Air, to get ourselves half-way reasonably from Muscat to Dubai and back. This meant that we found ourselves in Terminal 2, which, quite unlike the gigantic Terminal 1, is small, intimate, and a real pleasure to use.
For whatever reason the local airport authority has relegated odd-ball airlines such as Air Kazakhstn, Turkmenistan Airlines, Mahan, and several others to this other location. The cynic in me suspects that they don't want nationals of the former Soviet Union and others of , shall we say, remoter regions mixing with the general -- and much wealthier -- traveling public. Whatever the reason, we were very pleased. We didn't have to walk miles, fight the crowds on the moving sidewalks, or make our way through the tunnel between the old original terminal building, where check-in usually takes place, and the new behemoth.
As for Kish Airlines, it was actually pretty good. Friendly staff and a quite comfortable -- if slightly aging -- Fokker F50 made for very pleasant flights.
Emirate Airline is becoming one of the largest airlines in the world and it is linking east to west through its many hubbs. It is rapidly expandding into new area in SOuth and North America