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I hereby present... The Exhaustingly Exhaustive Dubai Airport Shower Guide All prices and info accurate as of June 2014. Marhaba lounge The Marhaba lounge in T3 Concourse A (between gates A2/A3) has rather nice showers, easily on a par with a four-star hotel. A shower alone without lounge access costs Dhs 55 (~US$15), including towel and cosmetics kit ...


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Finally after almost a couple of weeks, the laptop reached LAX. What to do is simple, and here are the steps eliminating all the places I called unnecessarily. Call the Dubai Lost and Found department. Give them as much details of the item as possible. Having an airlines tag certainly helped. Once they located the item, you will be given a file reference ...


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None, except the obvious: following the rules for the sake of following the rules, instead of their intent. The ziplock bag exists as a convenient (and IMHO rather clever) way to visualize the liquids rules: you're allowed 1 ziplock bag of size 1 liter/quart containing items with up to 3 fl.oz/100ml of liquid/gel each, and the TSA even brands this as the ...


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I landed in terminal 3 and flew out of terminal 1 last year. I didn't have to leave the airside because Terminals 1 and 3 are joined. It took me about 20 minutes to walk from the Costa stand at the far end of terminal 3 to my gate in terminal 1 which was maybe half way down that terminal. So assuming your inbound flight arrives on time and you can walk for ...


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Um. You might want to start by investing in a guidebook or at least flicking through Wikivoyage Dubai. The airport and the "city" (such as it is, Dubai is hugely sprawling) are most definitely not within walking distance; however, they are connected by the Dubai Metro, which will whisk you there in a few minutes. The only bit of the city that is really ...


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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 ...


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The elevator ride down should be less than two minutes, but there may be lines getting in. There are buses between Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa metro station, but from the Burj Khalifa itself to the station it is quicker to walk. Google maps shows a 25min walking route, but I remember by jaywalking, it was more like 10-15min. The metro train frequency ...


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There are a few steps when it comes to this, and indeed I even overheard airport staff in Calgary yesterday discussing this. If it's lost on the plane, then you speak to the airline. That's the only time it's worth contacting them. If it's lost in the airport, you need to deal with the airport. Now, with regards to them not answering the phone, some ...


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As jpatokal said, Dubai is a bit of a sprawling mess, and not much of a walkable city. Depending on your budget, you'd be best served taking cabs from place to place, especially if you're only there for a day. Having spent a day or two there myself in 2010, I'd say the following were highlights: Visit the souk, especially the gold portion to see all the ...


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In general the tip to take the metro from the airport into town is a good idea, except when it is Friday. Being a Muslim country, Friday is a special day in the UAE and the metro only starts running at 1pm on Fridays. Of course I got to Dubai on a Friday, but there should be buses right? Yes there are a bunch of them stopping in front of Terminal One. The ...


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In addition to handling the matter yourself depending on if you paid via a credit card, most of the major vendors include Lost Baggage insurance at no additional cost if you pay for your tickets with the card. I personally haven't used the protection myself as I don't fly often, but I've heard AmEx is top notch with assistance, and Visa also does a good job. ...


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The answer is that it can be done, and without too much stress! There seem to only be a few places where you can get from the lower level of T3 to the transit security check, before you're allowed into the main bit of the terminal. This meant a bit of a walk, then a long queue at security. After that, you're in the middle of Concourse 2 of Terminal 3, bang ...


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"Airline transit passengers travelling with a stopover at Dubai Airport (or other UAE airport) who do not leave the terminal building, do not need a UAE visa since they are not entering the UAE. " Taken from http://www.dubaifaqs.com/visa-transit-dubai.php Moreover "Transit passengers stopping at Dubai International Airport for a minimum of 8 hours and ...


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I found the Deira Spice Souk very interesting. It's an easy metro ride from the airport. I considered picking up some gifts there for family, but ended up not doing so. If you have cooks in your family they might appreciate some of the unique spices offered here.


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If your luggage is not checked through, then I am afraid you will have to collect it and to do that you'll need a visa as the baggage carousels are after the immigration counters. The sequence is: De-plane. Depending on the terminal, you'll have a long walk (and then go down a few flights of stairs) or a short one, or really no walk at all (if you are at ...


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July will be extremely hot and I strongly suggest you to avoid desert trips. Let's say you have a full morning and full afternoon. Visit Dubai Mall (the biggest mall in the world) & Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world, book in advance to avoid queues). It will take you the whole morning or more and you can eat there. Then move to Dubai ...


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I ended up going with Boingo as suggested by @karancan above. Specifically: I pre-purchased their $7.95/month "Mobile only" plan (this has to be done before you arrive in Dubai!) I paired my Android phone and Mac laptop On the phone, I turned on Bluetooth tethering (Settings > Wireless & Networks > Tethering > Bluetooth tethering) On the Macbook, I ...


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When I was last at T3 in Dubai, the terminal did have free wi-fi but it was excruciatingly slow. Boingo hotspots are present in all terminals in Dubai International Airport. As per this article, it is the exclusive data provider. Here is the Boingo coverage map: Here are the specific details for the airport: For a more long term option, and if you ...


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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 ...


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Oh dear. If you have checked bags, you're going to need a minor miracle to pull this off. Is there any way you can do this trip with hand luggage only? But assuming no... since your flights are on separate tickets, it is unlikely that Qatar Airways will be willing to check your bags through to Doha. (You can and should ask at the counter when checking ...


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Three hours is plenty of time to transit Dubai airport. You will be fine. The only hold-up is usually when you disembark from the plane and go through security to enter the Terminal proper. However this is very fast and orderly. When disembarking the plane, follow the signs for connections. Then go through Security into the Terminal building. Follow the ...


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You're not going to get any references to back this up, because no official source in the UAE is ever going to say "We love Jews! Please transit!" or "We hate Jewish-sounding people, regardless of their actual religion or their passports!". That said, despite public huffing and puffing, the UAE's morals are famously flexible when it comes to making money, ...


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Regrettably, the United Arab Emirates refuses to make a clear statement on this, probably out of fear at the Arab backlash at dealing with the Zionist entity and all that. However, in practice, transiting Dubai (or any other UAE airport) with an Israeli passport seems fine. The CEO of Australian airline Qantas, which has a close partnership with Emirates, ...


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It will be hot during the middle of the day. Here is what I would do:- Catch an early sight-seeing bus around the city (airconditioned and with commentary). You can get off at stops around the city if you see something especially interesting. Then go to Wild Wadi. You can put your backpack in a locker there, and have a shower after the rides before ...


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Well let's break it down. Like you said, you have 2.5 hours. Assuming you need to be back with 30 min to spare, and you arrive on time, that's 2 hours (120 minutes). First - is it possible? While you can't go to Terminal 2, it's evidently "possible airside to move freely from Terminal 1 to 3 and back, without going through immigration". On the outside, ...


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Since you are in the UAE, you'll have to pay in Dirhams, as that is the currency there. According to a couple of answers I found on worldnomads, that's the case. There's an ATM and an exchange desk in the airport but it seems the taxis also accept credit cards. Based on your previous question however, you should know there's a free shuttle service provided ...


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Its the busy summer travel season. Do not gamble with the timings. This is why there is an extra notice at the DXB website. Note that Qatar Airways is using Terminal 1 - which is used by everyone other than Qantas, Emirates or Flydubai. If you are traveling Business, you may be allowed a late checkin, but you will still have to go through immigration and ...


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Airport is huge, a lot of passengers show up late for the check-in. Airport has a huge duty free, they need you to come early to shop. GCC freedom of movement is only for GCC nationals, it is a domestic flight for GCC nationals but international flight for the others, causing the whole flight be to treated as international Locals in the area do not travel ...


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I do not have experience with this specific airport, but 3 hours of transfer time are in general enough. If you have any concerns, there are a few things you can do to feel more comfortable Check the terminal map online. You can also copy them to your electronic devices, such that you can check them before arriving there. Check whether or not you have to ...


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I arrived at Terminal 2 at night and had a big surprise: there is no bus that takes you to T1 or T3, only a taxi. So be prepared with at least 50-65 AED to pay to the taxi driver that will get you to T1 or T3 metro station. Everyone says the transfer is available only if you have a ticket to fly to another destination. I was very disappointed about this.



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