Dubai International Airport
Dubai’s main airport is the Dubai International Airport. You can also enter Dubai by using Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) in the nearby emirate of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in nearby Abu Dhabi.
Airlines are often having price wars to glamorous destinations like Dubai and this can work to your advantage by careful planning and comparison of the various airlines serving Dubai. Emirates is Dubai’s official airline carrier which connects Dubai to over 100 destinations while FlyDubai is Dubai’s low-cost carrier. Etihad has shuttle services from their exclusive check in facility in Sheikh Zayed Rd or Central Business District of Dubai to and from Abu Dhabi Int’l Airport, you can also fly with Sharjah’s low-cost carrier; Air Arabia which flies to over 46 destinations within the Middle East.
Taxi: Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals terminal, which use the meter and start at AED 25. Taxis are on the left when you come out of terminal 1/2/3.
Public transport: Terminals 1 and 3 are served by the Dubai Metro. There are also buses just steps from the baggage claim, the most useful for visitors being lines 401 and 402 (AED 3), which go to the Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba bus terminals respectively.
Sharjah International Airport
Sharjah International Airport (IATA: SHJ) [ located in the emirate of Sharjah. It is only 30 mins by road from Dubai and takes an increasing number of international flights as Dubai airport struggles to keep up with demand. Be aware that in the morning rush hours affects roads travelling from Sharjah to Dubai while in the afternoon rush hours affect those travelling from Dubai to Sharjah, travel times to cross the border between the two emirates normally run more than one hour and can run over two hours. Traffic can be bad between Sharjah and Dubai 24 hours per day, so plan accordingly. The principal carrier here is Air Arabia, a low-cost carrier serving the Middle East and South Asia. The airport is fairly basic but is being expanded. A taxi ride to Dubai will typically cost AED 50 depending on location. A Bus service by Air Arabia also runs from the Airport to the Rashidiya Metro Station in Dubai. Rashidiya metro station is located close to the Dubai International Airport.
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