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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 "3-...


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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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Staying Airside? Don't Need a Transit Visa You don't need a transit visa for UAE, as long as you stay inside the terminal building airside, and for up to 24 hours: TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. You'll need a visa if you wish to leave the terminal building and effectively enter ...


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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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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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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 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 steps ...


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Just for the record to put in an answer: 1) it's part of the (fantastic) (confusingly named) "Dubai International Hotel" which is literally absolutely right in the airport - literally next door to the many shops. It's in the "G-Force spa" which is part of the hotel. 2) You simply walk in and pay about 20 bucks, and you can use the pool. It's that simple. ...


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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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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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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 1 pm 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. ...


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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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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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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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At Dubai airport, because you only have hand luggage, you can transit between terminal 1 and 3 without clearing immigration, as they are connected through the transit corridor. However, since you have two separate bookings, you'll likely be denied boarding at YVR. Many check-in clerks will argue that Dubai is your final destination, and thus require the ...


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After a bit of internet searching it appears that Rwandair and Emirates do not interline baggage with each other. Even if they did, they may not do so on tickets purchased separately like yours. In that case there is no way to avoid collecting your bags at Dubai and rechecking them, aside from traveling with only cabin baggage that fits in the overhead bin ...


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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 received a boarding pass for spicejet at the transfer desk in Dubai without any issues.


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While you haven't indicated whether you'll be going through immigration controls during your connection in Dubai, even in transit you would want to have a medical prescription with you, not just the medication. The medication has to be in its original packaging and in a quantity considered appropriate to personal prescribed use. The UAE has strict laws (...


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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 are a ...


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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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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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Well, probably : [EDIT] The link doesn't mention anymore the Terminal 2. There seem to be no more shuttle to Terminal 2. [END EDIT] http://www.dubaiairports.ae/before-you-fly/to-from-the-airport/by-bus Shuttle Bus between Terminals There is a free 24-hour shuttle bus service between Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Simply follow the signs or ask our May ...


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I thought I would complement this answer that is already quite good! The Deira Spice Souk is obviously an inescapable area in Dubai. You'll find there all you need to cook almost anything. Then, as you said in your original message, dates are really good there. Another thing that is typical of the area is the honey and especially the Yemeni honey. You can ...


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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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You'll need a transit visa, or a short stay visa. You will have to collect your bags, and then check-in to Gulf Air at Terminal 1*. You actually have two journeys; one is from Prague to Dubai (last destination Dubai), and the second separate journey is from Dubai to India. So for the purposes of immigration you will need a visa for Dubai. In fact, if you ...


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