Dubai International Airport (DXB Airport): Layovers, Transportations, International Flights

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport is located at Al Garhoud catering Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is considered one of the largest and busiest international airports. 


Owner, Operator

Dubai Airports Company owns and operates this airport serving the Emirates of Dubai.


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Sustainable Sustainability Practices 

Sustainable planning includes the massive incorporation of solar energy systems within its parameters to tackle the city’s energy consumption by 30% by 2030.



Air and Passenger Traffic

                                                      Operations and Statistics
Year  Passengers Airfreight (Tonnes) Aircraft
2003 18062344 928758 148334
2004 21711883 1111647 168511
2005 23607507 1333014 195820
2006 28788726 1410963 217165
2007 34340000 1668505 260530
2008 37441440 1824991
2009 40901752 1927520
2010 47180628 2270498 292662
2011 50977960 2199750 326317
2012 57684550 2279624 344245
2013 66431533 2435567 369953
2014 70475636 2367574 357339
2015 78014841 2506092 406625
2016 83654250 2592454 418220
2017 88242099
2018 89149387
2019 86396757
2020 18229461
2021 29110609
2022 66069981


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Growth in Traffic at Dubai International Airport 


Airlines 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
Passenger Movements 4.347 million 6.299 million 9.732 millions 15.973 million 28.788 million 47.181 million 70.476


Airfreight movements (tonnes) 144,,282 243,092 431,777 764,193 1.410 million 2.19 million 2.37



City links 36 54 110 170 195 210 240
Weekly scheduled Flights N/A N/A 2350 2850 4550 6100 7500
Airlines  N/A N/N 80 102 113 135 140


Major Airlines based at the Dubai International Airport


  1. Emirates is the largest operating airline at the Dubai International Airport accepting scheduled flights to and from the Middle East, North America, South America, Australia, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand.
  2. Emirates SkyCargo is a cargo service under the Emirates that provides cargo operations to and from Dubai and the rest of the world.
  3. Flydubai is a low-cost carrier that operates from Africa, Middle-East, South Asia, Europe


Dubai International Airport also provides services that offer flying training for private pilots. It also offers facilities for private planes and helicopter owners.


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Some of the airlines and Destinations connected at Dubai International Airport

Airlines  Destinations 
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aeroflot  Moscow- Sheremetyevo
Air Algeria Almaty, Astana
Air Canada  Toronto-Pearson
Air China Beijing – Capital, Chongqing, Hangzhou
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Chennai, Delhi, Gao-Dabolim, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai
Air India Express Amritsar, Gao-Dabolim, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai
Air Peace Abuja, Lagos (both suspended)
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
airBaltic Riga


Seasonal: Vilnius

airblue Islamabad , Karachi, Lahore, Multan
AJet Ankara, Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul 
Arkia Tel Aviv
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia  Minsk 
British Airways London – Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Hong-Kong


Cebu Pacific Manila 
Centrum Air Tashkent 
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi’an
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Wuhan
Condor  Berlin (begins 29 October 2024)
Cyprus Airways Larnaca 
Daallo Airlines Hargeisa, Mogadishu
Egyptair  Alexandria, Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates  Abidjan, Accra Ababa, Adelaide (resumes 28 Oct 2024), Ahmedabad, Algiers, Amman Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Antananarivo(begins 3 Sep 2024), Athens, Auckland, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basra, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Birmingham, Bogota, Bologna, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cairo, Cape Town,  Casablanca, Cebu, Chennai, Chicago-O’Hara, Christchurch, Clark, Colombo-Bandaranaike, Conakry, Copenhagen, Dakar-Diass, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar, Dhaka, Dublin, Durban, Dusseldorf, Edinburg (resumes 4 Nov 2024), Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glashow, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Harare, Ho Chi Minh, City, Hong Kong, Houston- Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta-Soekarmo-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo, Karachi, Kochi, Kolkata, Kaula Lumpur-International, Kuwait City, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Luanda, Lusaka, Lyon, Madrid, Mahe, Male, Malta, Manchester, Manila, Mauritius, Medina, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Montreal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, New York-JFK, Newark, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Orlando, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Peshawar, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Prague, Riyadh, Rio de Janeiro-Galeao, Rome-Fiumicino, …
Fly Oya Tripoli- Mitiga 
Flyadeal Riyadh
FlyArystan Aktau, Aktobe, Oral, Shymkent


What can we do in the case of a Long Layover?


  • Dubai Finest Diner inside the Dubai International Mall opens wide to resume your hunger
  • From skincare brands to duty-free gold, Rolex, Gadgets everything is tax-free at the duty-free
  • Do not hesitate to find lounges to relax and make space to complete some due work or reading
  • Gamers get exclusive treatment too, there is a gaming system for you all. 
  • Top-notch spa service which also includes other facilities like aromatherapy and reflexology. There are salon services, like massage, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, and facials.
  • There are swimming and gym services provided by G-Force Health Club.
  • There are pods for other rooms available in all the transition areas.
  • Free shower for everyone!
  • You can take a long walk in the airport which can be considered a free cardio workout while enjoying a glimpse of rich architecture or get some fresh air at DXB at Zen service.
  • They have prayer rooms.
  • There is a transit hotel room you can rent for a few hours. 



Fun Facts: 

Dubai’s Terminal 3 out of all the terminals in the world is considered the largest terminal and second largest building area.

Flower Center: Dubai International Airport is the major hub for transiting the import and export of flowers. Special conditions are laid out for such a special service.


How to reach Dubai International Airport




The airport also gets Dubai Metro Services Operating Between 6 am till 11 pm except on Fridays when different schedule takes place. The usual timing and service schedules also differ during the Islamic Holy Month, Ramadan.

The green line is close to the airport free zone where terminal 2 can be reached easily. The purple and blue lines are under construction and airport terminals will get their stations too.



City transport services are available. Different bus routes are connected to reach the airport.


Rental and taxi services are also one of the old-school modes of transportation to reach Dubai International Airport.


Dubai International Airport is not a cheap place to hang out, but the services and facilities included make it worth all the hype and dime. Dubai awaits your arrival.



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