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we are arriving into Terminal 2 on the 28th Dec and want to go to the business lounge in terminal 1 before getting a flight from terminal 3 eight hours later. We just want to know if we can go between the bu

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Can you edit your question once more? I think you submitted it before it was finished, now it ends in "bu". –  gerrit Dec 13 '12 at 17:55
Wow, it's almost a duplicate, but not exactly. :) That question is about T1 <-> T3. This is about all three terminals. Some answers on the other question would still be useful though. –  Jonik Dec 13 '12 at 18:32

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From Wikitravel:

Dubai Airport currently has three passenger terminals. Terminals 1 and 3 are directly connected with a common transit area, with airside passengers being able to move freely between the terminals without going through immigration, whilst Terminal 2 is built on the opposite end of the airport. For transiting passengers, a shuttle service runs between the terminals, with a journey time of around 20 minutes from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1, and 30 minutes to Terminal 3.

So it appears there is a means to get between the terminals if you're a transiting passenger, but you have to take the bus, not walk.

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Thanks Mark, so basically we shuttle to T1 then it seems we may be able to walk from T1 to T3 –  Tom Dec 13 '12 at 18:11
Yeah that sounds like the best plan. Make sure to allow yourself enough time to get to your flight! –  Mark Mayo Dec 13 '12 at 18:40
The joint T1-T3 terminal is pretty long, from one end to the other takes about 20 minutes! –  Gagravarr Dec 14 '12 at 4:10

You should not have any issues traveling between Terminal 1 and 3. As you are arriving at Terminal 2 and have a connecting flight from Terminal 3 you will be put on the transit bus to take you to Terminal 3.

I would like to add a point to @Mark's answer that unless you have a boarding pass for Terminal 3 or 1 (gates A, B or C) you cannot freely move between Terminal 2 and Terminal 1. The airline has to specifically allow you to go there, because you may need to use public transport and they will ask to see your boarding pass before letting you on the bus.

Terminal 1 and 3 are connected, so you can freely walk around; and to get to gates A (the dedicated A380 gates), you need to take the train.

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