Why are we at the airport? You may know Dubai International Airport, but you might not know this part of it – Concourse D in Terminal 1 – opened just six months ago. It has made the already huge airport feel colossal, increasing its capacity from 75 million to 90 million international passengers a year, of which 18 million can pass through Concourse D alone. It cost more than Dhs3 billion to build and houses more than 4,000 square metres of restaurants and cafés and more than 8,000 square metres of shops (and departure gates, naturally.
Sounds great. I’ll go down there later to have a look around. Remember, this is all inside the airport, so unless you have a flight already booked that will leave from the terminal, you won’t be able to get in. Not that we’re suggesting you book yourself a holiday right now just so you can see it… but it might be worth it…
Why? What’s in there? Plenty to keep you occupied and to get you into holiday mode. A number of events take place within, and are being planned for the space, including the ongoing musicDXB performances (stayed tuned to @DubaiAirports on Twitter for more announcements).
Where can I go to eat when I get hungry? There are lots of restaurants and cafés to choose from at Concourse D. There’s a Camden Food Co. – the region’s first – a Butlers chocolatier and potential information overload in the CNN Traveller Café. It also has brands you’d expect, including McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme, as well as local chains Taqado Mexican Kitchen and Shawarmanji. And if you fancy posh pizza and the like, try The Kitchen, a new restaurant by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Sounds amazing. But after all that exploring I think I’ll need a sit down. Is there anywhere to just relax? There are nine lounges, or you could book in for a massage at Be Relax spa. But for the ultimate in comfort – and place to rest your weary head – step into a soundproof SnoozeCube where you can take a nap. Just try not to miss your flight… www.dubaiairports.ae.
Only at Concourse D Pret a manger
The Pret A Manger in Concourse D is the first to open in the Middle East, so if you want to try its sandwiches, wraps and soups, you’ll have to wait until the next time you go on holiday. The British sandwich shop specialises in using natural ingredients and boasts that all its sandwiches are made daily to be sold that same day.
Concourse D, Dubai International Aiport