Sleeping in Airports

Dubai Al Maktoum Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dubai Al Maktoum Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Also be careful about laying on the floor at this airport. I did so and found not only dozens of tiny insects but an actual scorpion checking out my laptop! – 5ftman

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Al Maktoum International Airport.

What to Expect

  • Once the pet project of Dubai’s late Sheikh Maktoum, this airport is struggling to live up to its promise to be the world’s largest international airport. Upon completion, the airport is expected to have three passenger terminals with multiple concourses, shopping malls, hotels, and a high-speed train linking the airport from its remote desert location to Dubai International Airport. The estimated date of completion has been changed from 2017 to 2027.
  • At this current time, few flights serve this airport. Shopping and dining options are very limited here, and the airport’s “free” WiFi is reportedly a scam.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • One reviewer who attempted to sleep on the floor was greeted by tiny insects and a scorpion!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Marhaba Lounge – Location: Passenger Terminal, Airside, Level 1. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Dubai Al Maktoum Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • easyHotel Dubai Jebel Ali – (20 minutes from the airport) Budget hotel near the airport. WIFI available (fees apply). No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged for a fee. » Check Rates
  • JA Palm Tree Court – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged directly through the hotel ($). » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Investments Park – (20 minutes from the airport) No shuttle to World Central Airport, but hotel does provide free shuttle to Jumeirah Beach Walk and three shopping centers. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Dubai Al Maktoum Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Al Maktoum Airport. Connect to the “DWC Free WiFi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside, throughout the airport.

Baby Care Facilities – Dedicated baby care facilities are available. Ask a “May I Help You?” staff member for assistance.

Currency Exchange – Emirates NBD offers currency exchange in the Departures area, while Sharaf Exchange and UAE Exchange offer services in Arrivals.

Duty Free & Shopping – At the time of this update, all of the airport’s shops offer duty-free shopping in the designated DWC Duty-Free area.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options. Dining options are: Costa Coffee • McDonald’s • O’Brien’s • Starbucks

Information Desk – There are 3 desks located landside and 1 desk airside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Trolleys – Free

Luggage Wrapping – Available for AED 25 per piece of luggage. Location: Check-In, landside, opposite Counter 42.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at the Medical Centre 24 hours a day. Ask a “May I Help You?” staff member for assistance.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Pharmacy – Bin Sina. Location: DWC Duty-Free area. Hours: unknown.

Prayer Rooms – Muslim prayer rooms and ablution areas are available throughout the airport and car parks.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Free showers are available. Location: Airside, between gates 1 and 6 • Airside, Mezzanine level near the Marhaba Lounge.

Smoking Rooms – Yes, designated smoking rooms are provided both landside and airside.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Dubai World Central airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Dubai • Qatar Airlines • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

If traveling light, public bus is an economical way to travel to and from the airport. Bus F55 offers hourly service to and from Ibn Battuta Metro Station, while the metro is in operation. Otherwise, Bus F55A will take you to and from Satwa Bus Station during metro off-hours.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Dollar • Europcar • Hertz.

Taxis

Metered taxis are available for hire 24 hours a day from the taxi rank at the ground transportation area of the airport. Taxis are cream-colored, except for pink taxis, which are operated by female drivers. A flag drop charge of AED25 applies to rides departing from the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.