Dubai Layover Guide (DXB)

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Tours/To do | Relax/Sleep | Internet/SIM | Transport | Storage | Money

Dubai Airport (DXB) is an international airport located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It’s located about 4.6 km (2.9 miles) east of Dubai. The airport first opened in 1960. Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the UAE, it’s a global city and the business hub of the Middle East. It’s also known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene.

Can you leave Dubai Airport (DXB) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave Dubai Airport (DXB) during a layover. You will pass through immigration and customs control. Visa requirements will depend on your nationality (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Organized Tours

Abu Dhabi Day Tour From Dubai

Discover the capital city of the United Arab Emirates on this guided all-day tour from Dubai. Along the way, pass by the Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the world. In Abu Dhabi, visit the Grand Mosque, the Heritage Village, and Emirates Palace. » book this tour

Day Layover in Dubai

Take advantage of spare waiting time at Dubai airport with this private city tour. Rather than simply counting down the hours to your next flight, explore Dubai with a private car and driver-guide to provide background and detail. Browse the Gold Souk with tips from your guide, ride an ‘abra’ boat on Dubai Creek, and see landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa; all on a tour timed around your schedule. » book this tour

Dubai Desert Safari Red Dune: BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Escape Dubai for the evening and enjoy multiple activities on a 6 to 7-hour red dune desert safari. Drive across the red sand dunes by 4WD vehicle. Watch the sunset over the desert sands. Go to Al Khayma Camp for a BBQ and many other activities. » book this tour

Things to do / Sightseeing

Burj Khalifa

Witness unforgettable, panoramic views over Dubai from the observation deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Let your jaw hit the floor as you are elevated up 125 floors to fantastic 360-degree views over the Arabian Gulf. » buy ticket

Time required: You will need at least 30 mins to enjoy the view at the top. Queues/wait time to get on top: Usually none or 10+/- mins.

Airport to here: Metro to Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa station (25+/- mins). Taxi (15+/- mins).

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Revel in retail at the world’s largest shopping mall. Shopaholics will rejoice at The Dubai Mall – the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure located next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Time required: The Dubai Mall is huge so it’s depends on how long you want to explore. You will need at least 30 mins in our opinion.

Airport to here: Burj Khalifa and Dubail mall is in the same area so you can follow the directions to Burj Khalifa as well.

Dubai Frame

With sweeping panoramic views, visitors to the Dubai Frame can gaze out upon every aspect of the city from a height of 150m. From Deira’s old town and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf to the vast dunes of the Arabian desert and the high rises of Dubai Marina, the entirety of Dubai will be spread out and visible from the Frame’s 360-degree vantage point. » buy ticket

Time required: You will need at least 30 mins to enjoy the view at the top. Queues/wait time to get on top: Usually none or 10+/- mins.

Airport to here: Metro to Al Jafiliya station station (30+/- mins) then walk. Taxi (10+/- mins).

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are airport lounges in Dubai airport terminal 1, 2 and 3. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are hotels, sleep pods inside and near Dubai airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
Quiet zones are located in Terminal 3, Concourses A and B, near the following gates: A1, A16, A21, A24, B1-2, B7-8, B10-11, B14-23, B25-27, B29, and B31-32.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free unlimited WIFI is available at Dubai airport. Connect to “DXB Free WiFi” or “DWC Free WiFi” networks.

SIM Card: Free SIM card is available at Dubai airport. You can also buy SIM card from mobile operators Etisalat or Du at the arrival hall. » buy a global sim card for Dubai, United Arab Emirates that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: taxis are available 24/7 from ranks outside each terminal. They're cream colored and those with pink trim have female drivers.

Train: Itrains on the Red Line run around every 5-10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3 between the airport and city center. Metro access can only be gained with a prepaid Nol card, which can be purchased from the station or from vending machines outside the terminal. (more info).

Bus: If you need to take a bus, they leave for various destinations in Dubai from stands opposite the terminals. Buses don't accept payment in cash, so to board you'll need to buy an Nol payment card in advance. (more info).

Shuttle: a few hotels offering a free shuttle service can be found near the terminals and in the airport free zone, as well as on the main Airport Road.

Car rentals: you'll find car rental kiosks in the Arrivals area at all 3 terminals. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: Short-stay and long-stay parking are available at all terminals. Terminals 1 and 2 offer economy and premium options. Premium parking spaces are closer to the terminals.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Short term baggage storage is available in two areas of the airport: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Hours: open 24 hours. Rates: from AED 40 – 50 (depending on the baggage size) every 12 hours. » book a luggage storage or locker at Dubai Airport (DXB) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Dubai Airport (DXB) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks