If you go to the Dubai Airport (DXB) website at the moment, and ask it about checkin times, it has a popup that warns that at this time of year, you should allow 3 hours for checkin and departure from Terminal 1. For a 6.30am flight, that doesn't sound much fun, and I'm wondering if it really applies.
If I head to the Qatar Airways airports and checkin page, it says that:
Check-in typically opens 3 hours prior to departure and closes one hour before departure
Then suggests I might want to ring their local office to check the exact times for each airport. Unlike most other airlines, they don't seem to post exceptions to their normal checkin times on their websites, which is pesky.
I'll be flying from Dubai (DXB) to Doha (DOH) with Qatar Airways, which I think makes things a little different. As explained in this press article from a few months ago, and slightly less clearly on this Qatar Airways page, their DXB-DOH and DWC-DOH services are now running on a semi-flexible air-shuttle basis. The Qatar Airways page makes no mention of checkin times, but this press article and this one (and several others) all mention (presumably cribbed from the same press release):
Return flights from Dubai to Doha also require check in of a minimum of one hour before the scheduled departure time for all passengers, including those with only hand baggage.
So, when's the latest I can turn up at Dubai (DXB) terminal 1 to checkin for a Qatar flight from Dubai to Doha, and have a good chance of both being allowed to checkin and also make my flight? Is it 1 hour before as the press releases mention? Or a bit longer? Or a full 3 hours, as the airport website currently warns?