Emirates Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, ranging from total flights per minute to total thousand flights per week. Due to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air traffic, the country consists of world-class airports classified by their services, performance, quality and infrastructure.

List of airports

There are 9 airports in the UAE. Here is a description of the most famous airports focused on international transport.

Dubai International Airport

Luxury is the only word that defines Dubai, and its DXB international airport has recently won many awards. It is primarily an international airport that provides flights to all over the world; the passengers always loved it and rated it as a classy experience. This airport, which is accessible from any area of Dubai with taxi or even metro, allows seamless transportation between the city and the airport. This airport consisting of 3 terminals is home to the largest airline in the UAE - Emirates; also Terminal 3 operates exclusively for Emirates and Qantas. According to passenger traffic, DXB is the third busiest airport in the world, with 88 million passengers in 2017.

The airport offers its passengers great shopping and dining options in the Dubai Duty-Free area during a stopover. Either shop from top brands like Chanel, Jimmy Choo, or relaxation in the lounges which are good to choose from. With free Wi-Fi available in the DXB, you can enjoy a stopover watching the latest movies.

At Terminal 3, they will also take care of your children in the children’s corner where they can enjoy games before the long flight ahead.

Location: In the Al Garhoud district, 4.6km to the east of Dubai

Abu Dhabi International Airport

As the second largest airport in the United Arab Emirates, it was opened on January 2, 1982, with a plan to modernize the country. The airport with 3 terminals is fully owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. It has two parallel runways with a length of 4.1km and a width of 60 meters. Terminal 3 is the latest addition in recent years, operated mainly for Etihad Airways, including the Airbus A380s. The airport currently serves as a base for more than 30 airlines flying to more than 100 destinations in 50 countries.

With the introduction of bus services in Abu Dhabi in 2008, traveling to and from the city has become a satisfying option.

Location: 38km to the southeast of the center of Abu Dhabi

Sharjah International Airport

It ranks third in the list of airports in the United Arab Emirates by its size. It has eight departure gates along with 25 aircraft stations. Air Arabia, Etihad Airways, Saudi Airlines, Egypt Air are one of the few airlines operating here since its establishment in 1977. The airport is also focused on cargo transport and is the second largest and busiest transport center in the Middle East with a capacity of 500,000 tons per year. According to reports, in 2012, the airport handled 5 million passengers and 332,796 tons of cargo.

The 4060 m long track is the longest in the UAE region. The terminal includes prayer rooms, 4,000 square meters of check-in area, a duty-free zone, food stalls and lounges. The airport is accessible by car rental, Sharjah Transport taxi or buses. Air Arabia air-conditioned buses are a convenient option and often travel between the airport and Dubai, Al Ain and Ras al Khaimah.

Location: 15km from Sharjah city center.

Ras Al Khaimah Airport

The airport focuse mainly on freight transport. Airlines operating here are Air Arabia, Air India Express, Luxair, Ural Airlines, SmartWings Poland and Pegasus Airlines.

Ras Al Khaimah Airport in the United Arab Emirates offers, along with two passenger terminals, aircraft maintenance and training. It also has a decent range of facilities such as VIP terminals, lounges, smoking areas, a dining area, shops, a police station and a health center. Muslim travelers have prayer rooms at the arrival and departure terminals. Wi-Fi internet access allows you to access online and watch movies before embarking on a long flight.

Location: In the Gulf of Ras Al Khaimah, 20km to the south of the capital

Al Ain International Airport

One terminal airport is also the second largest airport in Abu Dhabi. With four gates and a runway of 4000m, it is planned to expand this airport for better functionality.

Location: 18km to the northwest of Al Ain

Al Maktoum International Airport

Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as Dubai World Central, is Jebel Ali International Airport, 37km from the southwest of Dubai and 40km from Dubai International Airport. It has a capacity of over 12 million tons of cargo per year and 160 million passengers per year. It is capable of handling all new generation aircraft, such as the superjumbo A380.

The airport is potentially the largest in the world, but far from complete. Some charter airlines fly from Europe to Al Maktoum International Airport, but there are only a few scheduled flights. The latest information says that completion is postponed until 2030.

List of airports in Dubai

Dubai Airport, Dubai DXB

The nearest airport to Dubai Airport and Dubai is Sharjah Airport (17.46km)

Dubai DWC

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