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In Deira, near the border with the emirate of Sharjah, Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world, handling some 84 million travellers. It has three terminals:
Terminal 1 Main terminal used for major international airlines.
Terminal 2 For small airlines and charters mainly en route to Iran, Eastern Africa and some Eastern European countries.
Terminal 3 Used exclusively by Emirates Airlines.
The bus is only really useful at night when metro service stops. The handiest route is bus C1, which runs 24 hours to Deira, Bur Dubai and Satwa from terminals 1 and 3. Buy a Nol card in the arrivals terminal. For route planning, see www.wojhati.rta.ae.
The Red Line stops at terminals 1 and 3 and is the most efficient way to get across town by public transport. Trains run roughly between 5.30am and midnight (until 1am on Thursdays and Fridays). On Fridays, train service starts at 10am. Up to two pieces of luggage are permitted. A Nol card must be purchased at the station.
Taxis wait outside each arrivals terminal 24/7. A surcharge of Dhs25 applies to rides originating at the airport, plus Dhs1.96 per kilometre. Expect to pay about Dhs50 to Deira, Dhs60 to Bur Dubai, Dhs70 to Downtown Dubai, Dhs110 to Madinat Jumeirah and Dhs130 to Dubai Marina.
Dubai's second airport, Al Maktoum is a work in progress in the southern part of the emirate near Jebel Ali. The fiscal downturn of 2008-10 significantly delayed construction and pushed the completion date to 2027. For now, it's mostly used by cargo planes and receives only a smattering of commercial flights.
Bus F55 links the airport with the Ibn Battuta metro station hourly. It's served by the Red Line, which goes all the way to Dubai International Airport. At night, bus F55A goes from the airport to Satwa bus station.
Taxis wait outside the passenger terminal. Expect a fare of Dhs70 for Dubai Marina, Dhs110 for Downtown Dubai and Dhs120 for Bur Dubai.