I flew BHX
and return about 6 months ago on EK
. Fantastic flights. Nose cams - video feed to your seatback TV
- great! Friendliest and most multi-national crew I've ever experienced.
Weird thing at DXB
is you have to go through security after getting off one plane before entering the terminal proper - and, boy, those scanners are SENSITIVE! Belt buckles, steel toe caps, you name it, you'll have to remove it and send it through the conveyer.
Duty free is ok, not the best in the world, but you can certainly kill an hour in there. They're open all night.
Yes, there's an Irish bar. In fact it was the first commercial outlet I saw once past security.
Look up. The roof is (was? maybe seasonal) quite amazing.
Don't fall asleep and miss your connecting flight like I almost did...