My plane arrived to DXB at around 21.30 local time, and left the apron at 22.30. They parked it at a remote gate, although more than half of the contacts gates were empty. It was a 1 hr stop only, and I'm sure nothing changed, i.e., the empty half remained empty!
On what basis do airports assign parking positions? Wouldn't it be cheaper for the airport to utilize the bridge rather than a couple of busses to move 150 pax? Larger aircraft, A340 and A300's where parked next to us as well.
I know this airline uses contact gates at DXB because I saw that before.