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Things to do in Dubai International Airport (DXB)

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Dubai International Airport (DXB). How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Dubai International Airport (DXB) attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Dubai International Airport (DXB) to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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  • Al Majlis

    One of the best places to escape the maddening airport crowds is this expensive and lavish reception and service center for VIPs—or those willing t... More
  • DDF Gold “Islands”

    As in the various gold souks in the Middle East, gold is sold by the gram in the Dubai Airport, at constantly fluctuating prices. You can also buy ... More
  • DDF Raffles

    An ever-changing selection of cars and motorbikes gets raffled off to passengers willing to shell out $139 for a ticket in the Finest Surprise raff... More
  • Dubai Duty Free (DDF)

    With the opening of Terminal 3 in October 2008, the airport’s retail operations—all controlled by Dubai Duty Free—doubled to 160,000 square feet of... More
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)

    Dubai International Airport is the primary airport for the city of Dubai and has become a major air traffic hub for the Middle East. The airport ha... More
  • G-Force Health Club

    If you’re stopping over in Dubai, the likelihood is high that you’ve just gotten off a long flight and are on your way to another. Which means you’... More
  • Marhaba Lounge

    Regardless of the airline or class you’re flying, you can gain admission to one of these lounges (open 24/7) for about $42, no reservation required... More
  • Quiet Lounges

    Make your way to one of the two “quiet lounges,” which are essentially rows of recliners placed close together on either side of the Sheikh Rashid ... More
  • The Connect Business Centre

    There’s free Wi-Fi everywhere in the Dubai International Airport, which is not to say that it works perfectly in every part of the terminals. If yo... More
  • The Department of Tourism and Commerce (DTCM) Tourist Kiosk

    It’s rare that we recommend visiting an airport’s tourism kiosk, but the DTCM is actually worth seeking out. Staffed by the nicest people in the ai... More
  • Timeless Spas, Emirates’ Airport Hotel

    First- and business-class passengers on Emirates have access to separate, lavish lounges in T3, with mini-spa treatments from Timeless Spas, the si... More
  • Wings Bar

    Right across from the hotel’s reception area, Wing’s bar is one of the lesser-known oases in the airport (i.e., it is often quiet and seating is ea... More
  • Zen Gardens

    Because Terminal 1 is so crowded, finding a place to sit can be difficult unless you gain access to a lounge (or stake out a seat in McDonald’s, St... More

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