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Al Maktoum Dubai Intl Dubai World Central Jebel Ali Rest of UAE

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Dubai Intl (DXB):
Location
5 km/3 Miles SE of the City Centre.
Airport Overview:
3 terminals linked by shuttle bus. Terminal 1 is for other scheduled airlines and is split into arrivals and departures, side by side. Terminal 2 is for business, regional and charter flights. Terminal 3 is now fully open, and all Emirates flights now operate from this terminal. Terminal 3 has arrivals on the lower level, and departures on the upper.
Transfer between Terminals:
A free shuttle bus runs between Terminals 1 and 3 every 20 mins 24 hrs a day and takes 5-10 mins. The stop at terminal 3 is on the upper/departures level outside Entrance 3 (cross one road). The stop at terminal 1 is on the upper level between the arrivals and departures buildings (opposite the blue 'Dubai Airports' sign). To get to Terminal 2, use a taxi.
Driving directions:
The Airport Road runs SE from Dubai city centre on the east side of The Creek (Al-Khor). From the south, cross Al-Khor at Al-Garhoud Bridge and drive north, then turn right at the intersection with the Airport Road.


By Taxi:
General: Prepaid taxis are available 24 hrs a day and limousines can be arranged in the arrivals hall. Taxis wait outside the arrivals areas of all terminals, and are metered.
Costs: To the City centre ~AED 40/10 mins, to the World Trade Centre ~AED 45/15 mins, to Bur Dubai AED 25/15 mins. Note: Taxis have a AED 25 surcharge for night hire (2000-0600).
Meter Rates: Saloon Sedan: Starting meter AED 20, then AED 1.60 per km. Station Wagon: Starting meter AED 20, then AED 1.60 per km. Ladies & Families: Starting meter AED 20, then AED 1.60 per km. Vans: Starting meter AED 25, then AED 1.77 per km. Special Needs: Starting meter AED 50, then an hourly rate applies.
Taxi Companies: National Taxi LLC Tel 600 54 3322 or 04-339 0002.

By Limo:
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By Day Bus from Terminal 1:
General: There is a single public bus stop outside the lower level of Terminal 1. There are no signs for the bus stop, so after exiting customs, turn right and cross the roadway. You will see an unmarked bus stop about 50m to the right. Schedules are posted. For Further Info Call 800 9090. All buses are air-conditioned. Notes from a Traveller Oct13: You now need an electronic chipcard-like ticket, the bus driver did not accept cash when we came. You can get these rechargeable cards at the metro station (however the door to get there is closed at night, when the metro doesn't run) or at another ticket vending machine (quite hard to find), downstairs outside one of the Terminals (we asked airport staff waiting for the bus where we could find it).
Bus C1 to Satwa Bus Station via Naif Park: Route: Airport Terminal 3 - Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Flame Intersection - Dnata 2 - Clock Tower Roundabout - Maktoum Rd - Satwa Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport every 10-20 mins 24 hrs a day. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 4 to Gold Souk & Rashidiya: Route: Rashidiya Bus Station - DFC Marks & Spencer - DM Garage - Airport Terminal 1 - Deira taxi Station - Naif Police Station - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Deira Sat-Thur every 15-30 mins 0500-2330. Fridays & Holidays every 20-30 mins 0641-2343. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 11A to Gold Souk & Khawaneej: Route: Awir, CMC Terminus - Khawaneej Roundabout - Rashidiya Police Station -  Airport Terminal 1 - Deira taxi Station - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Deira Sat-Thur every hour or so 0700-2200. Fridays & Holidays every hour or so 0738-2138. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 11C to Gold Souk & Khawaneej: Route: Awir, CMC Terminus - Khawaneej Roundabout - Rashidiya Police Station -  Airport Terminal 1 - Deira taxi Station - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Deira Sat-Thur every 20-30 mins 0542-2240. Fridays & Holidays every 30 mins or so 0727-2227. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 11M to Gold Souk & Khawaneej: Route: Khawaneej Terminus - Mirdiff Area 1 - Rashidiya Police Station -  Airport Terminal 1 - Deira taxi Station - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Deira Sat-Thur every hour or so 0636-2233. Fridays & Holidays every hour or so 0715-2215. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus X28 to Jebel Ali Bus Station: Route: Lulu Village - Airport Terminal 1 - Bustan Rotana Hotel - Dubai Civil Aviation College - Grand Hyatt Hotel - DEWA Main Office - Jebel Ali Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Jebel Ali Sat-Thur every 10 mins 0525-2324. Fridays & Holidays every 15-20 mins 0528-2258 & 2328. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 32C to Satwa Bus Station & Qusais: Route: Qusais DM Staff Housing - Mawakeb School - DM Garage - Roads & Transport Authority - Emirates Airline Headquarters - Airport Terminal 1 - Satwa Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport heading for Satwa Sat-Thur every 12-30 mins 0611-2251. Fridays & Holidays every 15-30 mins 0549-2249. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 33 to Bur Dubai & Qusais: Route: Qusais DM Staff Housing - Twar 3, Emirates Cooperative Society - Gulf & Safa Dairies - Airport Terminal 1 - Rashid Hospital - Karama Commercial Center - Ghubaiba Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport heading for Ghubaiba Sat-Thur every 12-30 mins 0526-0009. Fridays & Holidays every 15-30 mins 0616-2256. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 34 to Rashidiya & Ghubaiba: Route: Rashidiya Bus Station - Rashidiya Police Station - DM Garage - Airport Terminal 1 - Ahli Club - Quasis Intersection 2 - Quasis Industrial Area. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Quasis Sat-Thur every 15-20 mins 0628-2322. Fridays & Holidays every 20-35 mins 0618-2252. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 44 to Rashidiya & Quasis: Route: Rashidiya Bus Station - Airport Terminal 1 - Wasl Hospital - Lamcy Plaza - Dubai Radio & Television - Karama Commercial Center - Ghubaiba Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Ghubaiba Sat-Thur every 15-30 mins 0507-2222. Fridays & Holidays every 30 mins 0637-2207. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 48 to Rashidiya & Gold Souq: Route: Rashidiya Police Station - Rashidiya Civil Defence - Airport Terminal 1 - Muraqqabat Intersection - Deira Taxi Station - Deira Old Souq - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards Deira Sat-Thur every 15-30 mins 0452-2342. Fridays & Holidays every 20-30 mins 0622-2327. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus 64 to Ras Al Khor & Gold Souq: Route: Ras Al Khor Terminus - Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Garhoud Intersection - Qiyada Intersection - Omer Bin Al Khattab School - Gold Souq Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading towards the Gold Souk Sat-Thur every 12-30 mins 0510-2314. Fridays & Holidays every 15-30 mins 0715-2235. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Other Buses: Buses 401 & 402 (to Al Karama) also call at Terminal 1.

By Night Bus from Terminal 1:
General: There is a single public bus stop outside the lower level of Terminal 1. There are no signs for the bus stop, so after exiting customs, turn right and cross the roadway. You will see an unmarked bus stop about 50m to the right. Schedules are posted. For Further Info Call 800 9090. All buses are air-conditioned. Notes from a Traveller Oct13: You now need an electronic chipcard-like ticket, the bus driver did not accept cash when we came. You can get these rechargeable cards at the metro station (however the door to get there is closed at night, when the metro doesn't run) or at another ticket vending machine (quite hard to find), downstairs outside one of the Terminals (we asked airport staff waiting for the bus where we could find it).
Bus C1 to Satwa Bus Station via Naif Park: Route: Airport Terminal 3 - Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Flame Intersection - Dnata 2 - Clock Tower Roundabout - Maktoum Rd - Satwa Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport every 10-20 mins 24 hrs a day. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus N1 (Night Bus) to Jebel Ali Gardens: Route: Rashidiya Bus Station - Airport Terminal 2 -Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Deira City Center - Dnata - Clock Tower Roundabout - Jebel Ali Gardens. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading for Deira nightly at 2342, 0005, then every 30 mins until 0505. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus N4 (Night Bus) to Satwa Bus Station: Route: Qusais, Bus Station - Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Flame Intersection - Deira City Center - Creek Golf & Yacht Club - Satwa Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave Terminal 1 heading for Deira nightly at 2345, 0013, 0035, then every 30 mins until 0535. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.

By Bus from Terminal 2:
General: Notes from a Traveller Oct13: You now need an electronic chipcard-like ticket, the bus driver did not accept cash when we came. You can get these rechargeable cards at the metro station (however the door to get there is closed at night, when the metro doesn't run) or at another ticket vending machine (quite hard to find), downstairs outside one of the Terminals (we asked airport staff waiting for the bus where we could find it).
Bus #2: Route: Al Qusais Police Housing - Al Rasheed Rd - Abu Hail Rd -Airport Terminal 2 - Al Sabkha Bus Station. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Bus #26: Route: Al Qusais Police Housing - DM Center Al Karama - Deira City Centre - Airport Terminal 2 - Beirut Rd - Al Satwa Bus Station. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver.
Other Buses: Buses N3, C2, 13F, & N2 also call at Terminal 2. Buses are air-conditioned. For Further Info Call 800 9090.

By Bus from Terminal 3:
General: There is a bus station on level 2 of the terminal. Exit arrivals and cross the road to the car park. Go up to level 2 in the lift and then cross back over towards the terminal. You will see the bus station on the right. For Further Info Call 800 9090. Notes from a Traveller Oct13: You now need an electronic chipcard-like ticket, the bus driver did not accept cash when we came. You can get these rechargeable cards at the metro station (however the door to get there is closed at night, when the metro doesn't run) or at another ticket vending machine (quite hard to find), downstairs outside one of the Terminals (we asked airport staff waiting for the bus where we could find it).
Bus C1 to Satwa Bus Station via Naif Park: Route: Airport Terminal 3 - Airport Terminal 1 - Cargo Village - Flame Intersection - Dnata 2 - Clock Tower Roundabout - Maktoum Rd - Satwa Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport every 10-20 mins 24 hrs a day. Cost: AED 2, pay the driver. All buses are air-conditioned.

By Train: In September 2009, a high tech Metro line began operating from Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport into town and along Jumeirah Beach. Union Square is the station for Deira and the old city. Cost: Tickets will be rechargeable cards, which can be bought from vending machines at the station. There are 4 different colours: silver, blue, gold & red. A silver card costs AED 20 (including AED 14 of credit) and is designed for frequent travellers who just want to get from A to B. Individual fares then cost from AED 1.80 - 5.80. A red ticket costs AED 2 and is good for 1 trip. See http://dubaimetro.eu.
By Shuttle Van:
resorthoppa.com: resorthoppa.com runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. Click here to make a reservation.


Rental Cars:
Terminal 1 Rental Car Providers: The following can be found in a long corridor after customs, and are not available to non-passengers: ASIA +971 (0)4 396 1111, Autolease 224 4900, AVIS, Budget 295 6667, Continental, DiamondLease 220 0325, Dollar, EUROPCAR 224 5240, Fast, HERTZ 206 0206, National 338 1010, Patriot 224 4244, eSixT 220 0777, Tamara, Thrifty 224 5404, United Car Rentals 285 7777 & Yasi.
Terminal 3 Rental Car Providers: The following can be found on the lower level of the car park opposite Terminal 3: AVIS, Dollar, EUROPCAR 224 5240, HERTZ 206 0206, National 338 1010 & Thrifty.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Short Term: Car park A: 30 mins AED 10, 1 hour AED 15, 2 hrs AED 25, 3 hrs AED 35, 6 hrs AED 50, 9 hrs AED 80, 12 hrs AED 110, 18 hrs AED 160, 22 hrs AED 220, 24 hrs AED 280. Each extra day or part of AED 240. Car park B: AED 5 per hour.
Long Term: Car park B: AED 5 per hr. AED 120 per day for the first 10 days, and AED per day afterwards. Car Parks A1, A2 & A3 are opposite Terminal 1.

Inter-Terminal Transfer: Transfer between the terminals takes 10 mins using the airport shuttle service. The new concourse is linked to Terminal 1 via a tunnel with travelators. Terminal 2 is used for business and charter flights.
Notes:
ATMs/Cash machines available throughout in all terminals. There are desks for many of the local hotels in the arrivals area of each terminal, as well as a Central Reservations Service for hotels.
Baggage Storage: There is a left luggage facility in terminal 3, to the rear of the arrivals level at the exit 1 end.

Airport Hotels:
The Dubai International Airport Hotel, tel +971 (0)4 216 4300 or 4289 is the closest, being in the departure area of the terminal. There are many other hotels close by, including the Holiday Inn Dubai, Golden Tulip Aeroplane & Intercontinental Dubai. 2 short stay hotels in the terminal may negate the need for travel outside the airport for rest during long changeovers. Rates are in 4 hour blocks costing AED 550 for the first block and AED 110 for each block thereafter.
Airport Website: www.dubaiairport.com.
Airport Tel No: +971 (0)4 216 2525 or 6333.
Updated Oct13 M Kraemer.
Last Visit Dec08. [back].[top]

Al Maktoum International - Dubai World Central (DWC):
Location: 15 km/9 Miles SSE of Jebel Ali Port, 27 km/17 Miles S of Jumeirah Beach & 45 km/28 Miles SSW of Dubai city center.
By Train: Al Maktoum Intl Airport will be served by the Dubai Metro and a dedicated Dubai World Central light railway system.
Notes:
This airport is currently under construction, and is expected to open in June 2010. Eventually all foreign airlines using Dubai will land at Al Maktoum airport, leaving only Emirates Airline at Dubai Intl. This airport is sometimes known as Jebel Ali Airport.
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