Located in the Al Garhoud district and stands at 4.6 kilometres east of Dubai, Dubai International Airport is the main international airport in Dubai as well as a major airline hub in the Middle East. It is operated by the Dubai Airports Company and serves as home to Dubai's international airlines: Emirates, FlyDubai, and Emirates SkyCargo. In 2013, the airport became a secondary hub for Qantas airline. The Emirates hub handles 64% of all passenger traffic and almost 50% of all aircraft movements in the airport. Dubai International Airport has a total capacity of 80 million passengers per year and has three terminals, Terminal 3 being the largest building in the world in terms of floor space. It is also the largest airport terminal in the world.
Where to go
Dubai is divided into multiple districts and municipalities, each offering a different mix of culture and tourist attractions. Jumeirah, for one, is a coastal residential area of Dubai which is diverse with all the tourists frequenting the place, mostly Europeans, as the area offers quick and easy access to the beach. Jumeirah, just like Duba, is also divided in different neighbourhoods: Jumeirahs 1, 2, and 3 which offer a variety of expensive and large properties to modest town houses and buildings of different architectural style. Some of the most famous attractions in Jumeirah are: Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence's the Walk, and the Jumeirah Mosque.
Being one of the busiest international airports in the world, Dubai International Airport offers flights to almost anywhere in the globe. If you're looking for a short-haul destination from Dubai, you can pick Chennai, India's sixth largest city and is also the capital city of the state of Tamilnadu. India, just like Dubai, has strong ties to its history and religion. Mosques and temples are also popularly visited by tourists. Despite that, the country has also successfully moved towards modernization and also features zoos and amusement parks. And although the beaches in Chennai are not suitable for swimming due to its strong under currents, the beaches are both beautiful and inviting, providing a great place for a relaxing walk.
A little over six hours out of Dubai International Airport, you can find yourself in the capital city of Bavaria in Germany. Munich is known for its big population, actually ranking as the most populous city in Germany. Aside from its population, Munich is also known for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and its annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. When in Munich, don't miss the chance to see for yourself (and take pictures as souvenir) the four grand royal avenues of the 19th century which run through Munich's inner city. These are: Briennerstraße, Ludwigstraße, Maximilianstraße, and Prinzregentenstraße. Palaces and castles, churches, buildings and landmarks, as well as museums and galleries that littered the city will surely fill your craving of fine architecture and the history they embody.
How to get out
Dubai International Airport services more than 7,000 flights weekly which are operated by 140 airlines to over 230 destinations to every continent except Antarctica. This makes the airport one of the only six airports outside of Europe with this capacity. The other five airports being Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City; Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and O. R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa.
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