Dubai International Airport is the main air facility serving Dubai, the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The home base of Middle Eastern airlines Emirates and Flydubai, Dubai International Airport is one of the world’s biggest and busiest airports and handles over 80 million passengers a year. It consists of 3 passenger terminals – one of which is the largest of its kind in the world – and is located only around 5 kilometres from the city. To get to the city, travellers can board the Metro either from Terminal 1 or 3. If not, shuttle buses and taxis are also available at the airport.
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Besides Dubai International Airport, a secondary airport also serves the city - Al Maktoum International Airport. A much newer air facility, Al Maktoum was opened only in mid-2010 and is located around 37 kilometres from Dubai. The airport offers a more limited selection of flights as compared to Dubai International - as of February 2017 flights to Europe and around the Middle East are the only international connections available from Al Maktoum. In contrast, Dubai International Airport offers thousands of flights to over 200 destinations around the world.
Where to go
If you’ll like to get out of Dubai for a quick jaunt around the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Dhabi is only 30 minutes away by flight. The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is full of wonder and mystique - explore the stunningly lavish Emirates Palace, with its 1,000 chandeliers of mother-of-pearl, crystals and gold, and the 8th largest mosque in the world Sheikh Zayed Grand.
Less than 3.5 hours away from Dubai, another dazzling capital city awaits - New Delhi, one of the world’s most populated cities. Home to over 17 million people, the metropolitan area of Delhi is separated into 2 sections - Old Delhi, or Shahjahanabad, is the ancient walled city where architecture dating back to the 17th century can be found, whilst New Delhi is the modern side (where the Taj Mahal can be found).
Otherwise, a long-haul flight from Dubai can get you to Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Once the European Capital of Culture, Glasgow offers a lively art and music scene as well as amazing natural beauty in the form of rolling green hills and idyllic lochs just a stone’s throw away from the urban area.
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