Dubai Airport

Airport Information

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Dubai International Airport is the main airport of the Emirate of Dubai which is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. The Airport is situated in the district of Al Garhoud which lies around 4km or 2.5 miles southeast of Dubai city centre.

Dubai International Airport handles close to 90 million passengers, 2.65 million tonnes of cargo and registers over 400,000 aircraft movements every year!

The airport has the largest solar energy system in the region as part of Dubai’s goal to reduce 30% of the city energy consumption by 2030.

Dubai Airport is where the home base for Emirates is located which actually handles around 50 percent of all passenger traffic. The dedicated Emirates hub at Terminal 3 is the largest within the Middle East & Africa. Budget carrier Flydubai also has their base at the airport which handles around 10 percent of passenger traffic at DXB.

The Airport consists of 3 terminals and has a total capacity of 90 million passengers annually. Terminal 3 is the second largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world

Dubai International Airport deals with approximately 6,500 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 250 destinations across every continent.

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Covid-19 Dubai Airport Information

Please read on to know what you must be aware of while travelling to or from Dubai International (DXB).
For destination specific information, we advise you to contact your airline of choice before you travel.
Travelling to Dubai

All travellers to the UAE must present a negative PCR test at the airport of departure.
The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

Travellers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam or Zambia will require the following:

• A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours, validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility.

• A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

Tourists and residents arriving in Dubai from selected countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai’s airports. Refer here for the full list of countries.

UAE Nationals, children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from pre-departure PCR test requirements.Departing from Dubai

Travellers will need to do COVID‑19 PCR tests only if it is mandated by the country they are travelling to.

Before travel, check with your airline for specific details relevant to your country of arrival as regulations change frequently.

Refer here to a list of authorised COVID‑19 test laboratories in Dubai  where you can get tested before travel.
Transiting through Dubai

Before travel, transit customers must check with their airline and their final destination for specific requirements around the presentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test certificates.

Transiting customers arriving from selected countries are required to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate, for details on these countries customers must check with their airline.

Dubai Airport procedures

In order to maintain public safety all passengers departing from Dubai Airport are reminded to adhere to the following guidelines:

• Protective mask must be worn by all travellers.
• Physical distancing must be maintained through the airport.
• Passengers displaying symptoms are advised to not come to the airport and seek medical advice.

Dubai Airport safety measures

Precautionary measures have been implemented throughout the airport to maintain the health and safety of all customers and staff. These measures include hand sanitiser stations around the airport, protective plexiglass at check-in and immigration counters, thermal and temperature screening, social distancing markers and increased levels of cleaning and sanitisation in compliance with international standards set out by the relevant authorities.

Check your terminal before flying

All travellers must consult their ticket/airline to confirm terminal of operation before coming to Dubai Airport.

• Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 1 – All international airlines (except Emirates)
• Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 2 – flydubai and other regional and international airlines
• Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 3 – Emirates airline and some flydubai flights