Visiting Dubai from Al Maktoum International Airport
Al Maktoum International is one of several international airports that service Dubai. It is part of Dubai World Central, an economic zone based around the airport in an area that is dubbed New Dubai. Dubai World Central is a large complex spanning over 140 square kilometers including the airport, Golf and Aviation cities, Dubai Logistics City (DLC), and many more.
Envisioned as the world's largest passenger and cargo aircraft hub, Al Maktoum is a feat of engineering and logistics. There is an ongoing expansion to service more people and aircrafts and it is expected that construction will be completed in 2017. In 2013, the first phase was completed meaning the airport could operate to receive a capacity of over five million passengers a year. Once expansion is complete, the airport is expected to have a passenger capacity of 220 million. The airport is named after the former ruler of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airport is conveniently located close to business and tourist attractions such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai Marina, as well as the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Media City.
Traveling to and from the airportTaxi
Taxis are available from the airport, follow the signs to the official taxi rank at each terminal and they are available 24/7. Please note there’s an AED25 flag charge from the airport. The charge for each kilometer is AED1.96. Alternatively, our hotel staff are more than happy to organize a cab to pick you up. You can arrange this when booking the hotel, situated only 30 minutes’ drive away.
A range of car rental companies are also available at the airport. It is recommended that you book prior to your visit so that your car is ready for you on arrival. This is a fantastic option if you are planning to travel out of the downtown Dubai district.