Emirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1459 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4817 times:
Quoting Scotron11 (Thread starter): I've just booked Emirates to fly GLA-DXB-BKK on Feb 21 returning Mar 10. Layover outbound is 7 hours and the return 3.
From some of the reviews I've read, DXB is either a nightmare or worse. Is that true?? All flights are on their 773, which I'm quite excited about.
Depends on the timings of your flight, I have flown early morning usually and the place resembles a fish market. But I guess you may make it in time for the opening of the new Emirates terminal, should be a sweet ass lay over if that happens.
Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4764 times:
Mess. It's also quite garish and a surreal experience to get off a flight in the wee small hours and find yourself among a heaving mass of shoppers, queing up just to use the toilet. Ugh! Awful! The only peaceful time I've ever had in Dubai was transfering from the plane at a remote stand. It took what seemed an eternity to drive all the way around the terminal building just to be processed into transit. But at least everyone was subdued and you could enjoy the calm environment, watching the sweltering heat outside.
Oh and a tip - if you are lucky to get a seat, pitch a tent and make it home for your stay because those things are in short supply. There is actually quite a lovely lounge upstairs in the middle of the concourse that overlooks some gate areas. I believe it's the entrance to a hotel. anyway, there's a lobby there where you can enjoy very comfortable seating and it's removed ffrom the throng. Above Gate 17 I think (?)
Antskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 948 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
To me, DXB transit lounge is something out of Dante (and not the paradise bit). After half an hour in the place I longed to return to the chains of cattle-class for 14 hours. The terminal is more like a giant hangar crossed with a shopping mall. Overpriced duty-free shops mix with a poor selection of coffee and food shops, horrible overwhelmed toilet facilities, all wrapped up with an overcrowded and exhausted population, each individual seemingly keen as one-self to leave such an awful place for the relative homeliness of their aircraft...It is the weak link in EK's otherwise impressive worldwide network. If you can, retreat as soon as you can to one of the various members-only airport lounges.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4652 times:
I was looking at EK's flight arrival info at DXB yesterday and was wondering of the same - multiple wide-bodies arriving at the same time during different banks, other airlines also offloading pax at the same time, a mall-terminal that does not appear large enough to handle all this traffic - DXB must be bursting at the seams. How's the baggage claim area?
How is gate allocation done at DXB? Assuming that EK gets preferential treatment, which other airlines get gates and which ones always seem to get a remote stand?
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4625 times:
I actually quite like the continual buzz in DXB - it has the atmosphere of a giant chaotic arabian souk, complete with travellers from all over the World, rubbing shoulders and generally competing for refreshments, shopping, or just pushing their trolleyettes around taking in the 'sights'.
Having said that, the last few times I was in transit there I was able to enjoy the various EK & DXB business lounges, where there is a degree of tranquility outside of the peak hours. I recall 2200 - 0200 being particularly busy, and 1500-1700, when even in the lounges it can be impossible to find a seat. Mid to late morning is relatively quiet.
It is a very busy airport, so how one might expect it not to be full of people is rather odd. Nevertheless, if you don't have enough EK miles for the lounges, and you're travelling economy, then there used to be a complimentary dining hall for EK passengers on a long stopover, and there is at least one airport lounge that you can pay to enter, although I don't know if that includes free refreshments.
Enjoy! It can be crazy, but it's the Middle East, after all, and one shouldn't expect something sterile like SIN.
Ps. One thing I should add - if you are intending to pass some of your stopover time plane-spotting, be very careful! The airport police take a very dim view of anyone pointing binoculars or telescopes out of the windows and writing numbers (or anything else) down in a notebook, and they are quite likely to march you off to the (airside) police station where your passport will be photocopied. It's a great shame, it's a fascinating airport, especially for what parks up over on the cargo side. They treated me to this particular form of 'welcome' a couple of years ago, so until I get a new passport I try to make do with what I can identify with the naked eye.
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4592 times:
Quoting ETStar (Reply 5): How is gate allocation done at DXB? Assuming that EK gets preferential treatment
I've been reliably informed that EK does not actually get preferential treatment (and this seems to be the case, looking at the number of EK a/c lined up on remote stands whenever I'm there!) Instead foreign airlines are given priority as the airport authority can collect higher fees from them if they have a gate rather than a remote stand, which obviously they cannot do with EK. Therefore a huge amount of EK a/c go to remote stands, the foreign a/c get the gates, and the airport gets richer
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4589 times:
... I should also add - if you are intending to pass some of your stopover time plane-spotting, be very careful! The airport police take a very dim view of anyone pointing binoculars or telescopes out of the windows and writing numbers (or anything else) down in a notebook, and they are quite likely to march you off to the (airside) police station where your passport will be photocopied and give you a verbal warning not to continue doing whatever you were doing. It's a great shame, it's a fascinating airport, especially for what parks up over on the cargo side. They treated me to this particular form of 'welcome' a couple of years ago, so until I get a new passport I try to make do with what I can identify with the naked eye.
(I tried editing the previous post but it kept failing with a database error, so apologies if the above text eventually appears several times!!)
QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 2055 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4468 times:
Quoting Antskip (Reply 4): Overpriced duty-free shops mix with a poor selection of coffee and food shops, horrible overwhelmed toilet facilities, all wrapped up with an overcrowded and exhausted population, each individual seemingly keen as one-self to leave such an awful place for the relative homeliness of their aircraft..
OOoh, thats a bit harsh... Its really not that bad.. Even though DXB can be a nightmare, the collague of flighs and differnet airlines make it all worthwhile. There are over a 100 differeent airlines serving DXB and its fun seeing people from all over. If DXB is a nightmare to walk through, what would you call LHR, which seems to me, chaotic.
Its fun in DXB, I love the atmosphere, and there are lots of things to do to waste your time there. Good luck and bon voyage.
Philzh From Switzerland, joined May 2007, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4411 times:
Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 11): If DXB is a nightmare to walk through, what would you call LHR
Very well said, IMHO.
DXB is indeed garish and can be disorienting after a short night with little sleep in a plane, but it's still miles from the chaos and general state of decay at Heathrow, I found.
Vincewy From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4245 times:
Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 7): A photo a family member of mine took last week, he agreed it was like a zoo.
That doesn't look too bad unless you don't enjoy the buzz of a busy street market, many popular shopping malls in Asia (clean and cozy BTW) look like that, BTW, when was the pic taken? Was it outside the aforementioned peak periods of 1500-1700 and 2200-0200?
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15267 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4199 times:
It's a terminal at a very busy airport for goodness sake. What do you all expect, the place to yourself?
Quoting Rivet42 (Reply 9): The airport police take a very dim view of anyone pointing binoculars or telescopes out of the windows and writing numbers (or anything else) down in a notebook
I have spent many hours at DXB inside the terminal with binoculars and cameras and never had any problems. I have seen others doing the same with no dire consequences. Outside the terminal is a different matter.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
Is it not possible to book yourself on EK384 DXB-BKK STD 03:15? That would cut your transit time down to about 3hours. More than enough time you need to spend in DXB airport
I looked at that option but booked the later flight as I'd heard good things about Dubai. My other option ( and more expensive) was to transit thru LHR which would have entailed a change of terminal. Also lets me experience another airport.
Looks like the new terminal won't be opening until May 2008. Pity!
Ncfc99 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4169 times:
I traveled MAN-BNE on EK in 2004, I found DXB to be a pleasant experience, I even considered stopping intentionally at DXB for 7-8 hours on my latest trip to OZ to make my arrival time back in the UK a bit better and try to aleviate some jet lag. So in answer to your question, I found it easy.
Antskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 948 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4065 times:
Quoting Scotron11 (Reply 16): I looked at that option but booked the later flight as I'd heard good things about Dubai
If you want to visit Dubai, that is quite a different question to visiting the DXB transit terminal! You will see nothing of Dubai (except a few residents) unless you leave the terminal building - a terminal that to many of us is really not up to the task. Maybe you will post back here after your time there and let us know what you think of it?
The EK B773 is a very nice plane, and I am sure you will enjoy it. The flight route goes south over Iran, and if it is daylight and the weather good, you will get a fantastic look at some wonderful towns and cities and awesome mountain scenery.
The morning is also a peak time with mostly European arrivals and departures. The main departure bank start at 07:30 till about 09:30, you'll find flights to every European port departing and also the regional flights within ME.
Becasue of the missiive volume of connecting trafffic, its a lot smaller and less crowded than one might have expected. And in DXB one would never do anything sodemeaning as take ones baggage directly from the carosuel, they have baggage handlers inside to do that as well!
Quoting ETStar (Reply 5): How is gate allocation done at DXB? Assuming that EK gets preferential treatment, which other airlines get gates and which ones always seem to get a remote stand?
A lot of EK on remote stands, the LON flights tend to get gates, Im not sure about others.
DXB itself is well set up for connections, and although it is not your 'typical' airport, it is different. When I visited in 2006 on it was fine, a bit crowded yes, but nothing too bad, and certainly far better than the disgrace that is DUB.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3999 times:
I travelled through DXB twice a year ago and I have to say they were rather claustrophobic experiences. The terminal itself looked great but it was absolutely packed with stressed (or sleeping) passengers. It was really hard to find free space to sit down, have a coffee, for shopping or anything. The staff looked like they hoped to be some where else instead and I don't blame them... Great news if they get more space there.
Tennis69 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3965 times:
I have transited thru DXB 36+ times and each experience is different. If you can get in them the first and business class lounges are ok. Just watch were you step if you arrive in the early morning. There are pax sleeping on every sq cm of floor space. Another fun observation, I've seen more Arabs drinking alcohol in this airport than any other.
: I enjoyed my connecting flight through DXB: good terminal; decent places to eat and drink; and a fair number of viewing areas. I'd happily connect thr
: ... that's very encouraging!! How recently was that...? My encounter with the police was a couple of years ago, but when I checked later on Airliners
: The late night/early AM arrival and departure wave is CRAZY at DXB. Manageable but mad. Thankfully for your Ramadan is over. During Ramadan DXB is may
: Dubai is a zoo, particularly between 10pm and 4am when a lot of flights are taking off. People literally just sleep on the floor. Anyway, Emirates is
: Transitting through DXB with EK...guaranteed your bag will get lost. If you are sending cargo with EK through DXB,it will either get lost or end up at
: Untrue. I've done exactly that several times and never arrived without my luggage (so far). Riv'
: I don't understand why any aircraft enthusiasts, and I believe we all are here on A.net, can complain about an airport. Whenever I am at an airport it
: Hi Riv the Philosoph !! Very well said, to me DXB is an " Adventurous Airport Lover's Heaven " Colorfull, Vibrant, it is quite the opposite of Changi
: At first I thought LHR terminal 3 was the worst ever!!
: Geez how precious have we all become that we compare DXB to Dante's Hell. I mean come on. Sure there are lots of people, but its not that bad. What do
: I finished a 9-month project in May this year. I had one trip home per month, so spent plenty of time at DXB. As I said, spotting and taking photos f
: Dang! That's exactly from where I was escorted to the police station by a (very polite) security person who didn't know if what I was doing was permi
: EK025/026 (DXB-GLA-DXB) is flown with a 77W, not a 773, so ICE will be installed.