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Serving a plethora of airlines, Dubai International Airport is situated in the Al Garhoud district and is one of the most popular airports in the Middle East. The world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic and the 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic, it houses three terminals. When it comes to floor space, Terminal 3 is the second-largest building in the world.

Dubai Airport serves as the hub for Emirates Airlines. The airline has its own terminal with three concourses, which it shares with FlyDubai. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has buses connecting the airport and the city. The metro runs from Terminals 1 and 3 every 10 minutes, and Muslim travellers can easily find the cream-colored Dubai Transport Corporation cabs.
Muslim Friendly Facilities
You would find prayer rooms and wudhu room facilities throughout the airport at each terminal as well as in the car parking area. There are multi-faith rooms that demonstrate respect and regard for other religions and faiths.
As for halal food, there are plenty of halal dining options to choose from at Dubai Airport. Not all restaurants have Halal certifications but are owned by Muslims. You can always confirm before buying. Apart from the well-known names, there is an array of restaurants offering a wide range of delightful local dishes that Muslim families can enjoy.


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  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Currency: Emirati Dirham
  • Flying Time from the UK: 7 hours direct
  • Visa: 30 day visa-waiver for UK citizens
  • Our Highlight: Dune bashing in the desert

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Things to See on a 48-hour Stopover
If your layover at the Dubai Airport is as long as 48-hours, you can surely do a bit of sight-seeing. With Halal travel and tourism becoming increasingly popular, Dubai has risen as one of the most popular Muslim travel destinations. The city is known for its lavish lifestyle and amazing shopping malls and offers several attractions and activities to Muslim travellers. 
A layover in Dubai means that you should head to the downtown: the hub of all activity. The downtown neighbourhood houses most of the popular tourist spots, including the world’s largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall. Shop from hundreds of shops or treat your palate with amazing local cuisine offering mouth-watering food. 
When in Dubai, one cannot ignore the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Experience the world differently at the height of 829.8 m from the observation deck on the 144th floor. If time allows, other exciting spots to be included in your layover are The Grand Mosque, The Dubai Museum, Heritage Village, and Dubai Creek. Try not to miss the iconic Desert Safari experience, but make sure to book in advance.

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Other Facilities

The baby care rooms allow Muslim mothers to attend to their little ones in privacy during their halal travel. Head to the information desk, and the staff will guide you to the nearest one. A dedicated family area is located at Concourse B's Zen Gardens. 


You can find first-class and business lounges at Dubai Airport, where the passengers can take a nap or relax while they wait for their flights. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, ATMs, pharmacies, locker facilities, and even showers to freshen up. 

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