|Terminal 1 concourse|
I arrived at Dubai airport at 4.30 am and was amazed at how busy it was. The duty frees were really bustling. Such a contrast to KLIA which is quiet even during the peak periods.
The Dubai International Hotel is right in the middle of it all and looks down on the concourse.
The thing that really struck me was the length of the terminal. It is one straight, incredibly long building. It is actually 1 km long ! As my transit gate was near one end, I had to walk a long way. I went past an area which had dimmed lighting and many people were lying on the floor asleep.
On my return trip, my Emirates plane went to the brand new Terminal 3.
The 2 terminals are actually attached but are separated by the control tower.
When when we took off, I was sitting on the left side, and we took off in the direction away from the city.
In Oct 2013 National Geographic channel were showing a series called "Ultimate Airport Dubai" on TV in Malaysia. It shows behind the scenes running of the aiport and the construction of Terminal 3.
"Terminal 3 – the largest building on earth by floor space, measuring 359 football pitches in size!"
Dubai airport is now "With a staggering 344,000 flights, 57 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo flying in and out each year, it is the world’s third busiest airport for international passengers."
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