PeterJ From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4350 times:
After some searching I had trouble finding information that wasn't a few years old.
A friend of mine will be traveling GLA-DXB-KWI in a few weeks on EK. She has around 7 hours from 00:25-07:45 on a Wednesday morning. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to do in the airport? Anyone have a favorite shop or restaurant? She's close, but does not have status on any airline.
(Apologies if this is in fact recently discussed somewhere I didn't find.)
For travellers in Economy the minimum is eight hours, while for First/ Business travellers it is six hours. Some fare classes are not eligible and the traveller needs to be arriving and departing on an EK flight and on a single ticket.
Failing that, depending on what credit card she has, she may be eligible to use the Mahaba Lounge. Some MasterCard holders may use this service. I haven't used this particular lounge so I can't say what it's like. If lounge access is not an option, there are a couple of rooms set aside for prayer and contemplation. There are also a couple of pleasant, though not very large, water-garden features.
DXB is huge, but fortunately T1 and T3 are linked so that she can walk from one to the other. Both have the usual array of shops that you see in most major hubs, including designer clothing and handbags, electronics, books and jewellery. But even the most dedicated shopper would find it difficult to fill in seven hours. There are also outlets of Häagen Dasz (spelling?) Starbucks, McDonald's and others.
Otherwise my tip would be find a seat and make sure you have a good book if you find sleeping impossible.
workwings From United States of America, joined May 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4066 times:
Here is a totally different idea. If she is unencumbered by baggage, I would suggest an early-morning quick tour outside see the Burj Khalifa. It is stunning in the dawn, which would be at 6:30 or so, and she could rent a taxi, catch a view just 10 minutes before dawn and still be back at the airport by 6:45. Since you can see it from near the airport you don't even need to go into town.