It was officially opened in 1960, and since then it had been continuously expanded. In 2009, it was the 6th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, by cargo traffic the 11th busiest and by passenger traffic the 17th busiest in the world.
Offering a wide range of top quality products on its 5,400 square metres shopping area, Dubai Duty Free is a shopping paradise. From jewelery to electronics, designer's wear and cosmetics, luxury goods and sport equipment, you can find everything you need right here. Established in 1983, Dubai Duty Free was the first in the Middle East. Since it was opened, it won over 70 international awards.
If you happen to transit here, but you're not that much of a shopping fan, you have plenty to choose from. Relax at the health club, where you can use the swimming pool, jacuzzi and the gym on an hourly basis. The Dubai International Hotel, situated at the 3rd level of the Sheik Rashid Terminal offers deluxe 5* rooms and royal suites, also by the hour.
Various lounges are spread all over the Concourse, from Dubai International First Class Lounge to Business Class Lounge and several Quiet Lounges, for those who want to take a short nap. Other services offered by the airport are business facilities, 25 food and drink outlets, Women's Lounge & Children's Play Area and medical care.
With so many things to do, you just might want to come a few hours earlier before your flight.
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