SPONSORED CONTENT: Pre-flight perfection at Dubai Airport

A three-hour itinerary so packed with things to do you just might want to skip your flight altogether. Your holiday starts here…

If you’re travelling through Terminal 1…

Food & Drink 

Pret A Manger

Dubai Airport - Pret A Manger

Brits rejoice, the familiar eatery from the UK has dropped anchor at DXB and is serving up your tasty snacks and caffeine fixes. You’ll find DXB’s only Pret A Manger in Concourse D, Terminal 1 – one of only two in the whole of Dubai. As well as the usual organic blend of coffee you know and love, there are toasties, paninis and bakery favourites.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Ground floor, Concourse D, Terminal 1
Contact: +971 4  294 3555

The Draft House

Dubai Airport Restaurants- The Draft House

Trying to convince your other half to let you watch the footie? Well this might help: you can win a AED10,000 travel voucher while watching the World Cup at The Draft House. All you have to do is spend AED200 and complete a competition card to be entered into the draw. One lucky winner will bag the voucher courtesy of dnata. Grab a burger and a drink for just AED155, too.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Concourse D, Terminal 1
Contact: +971 4 294 0822

Rest & relaxation

Be Relax
Have the stresses of life bent you all out of shape? Or maybe the World Cup VAR has dropped a clanger and extended your heartache for another four years? Whatever the reason, you’ll always find comfort at Be Relax spa. Try a massage with the oxygen aromatherapy – specifically designed to banish jet lag. While the head, neck or full body massages are just the trick to release the inevitable tension built up from a grimacing penalty shootout. Prices vary.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Near Gate D10, Concourse D, Terminal 1
Contact: +971 4 235 8703


DXB InternationalAirport- Snoozecube

You can now take a nap at the airport. No, really. Just take a trip to the pay-as-you-sleep Snoozecube. You can unwind in a comfortable bed, safe in the knowledge that you won’t miss your flight as the friendly staff will give you a gentle wake up call. There’s a two-hour minimum booking, which is the perfect amount of time for a proper power nap.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Near Gate D22, Concourse D, Terminal 1
Price: AED75, one hour single cube; AED100, one hour shared cube
Contact: +971 4 269 6228

If you’re travelling through terminal 3…

Food & drink

If you’re looking for a place to fill your stomach before your next flight, then Giraffe is the place for you. Eat your way around the world with a selection of global cuisines such as a Mexican breakfast of huevos rancheros (AED60), Indian kati roll (AED65) for lunch and a Japanese katsu chicken noodle bowl (AED76) for dinner. It’s the ideal spot for a hearty meal.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Near Gate 18, Concourse A, Terminal 3
Contact: +971 4 298 9376

Jack’s Bar & Grill

Dubai International Airport - Jack’s Bar & Grill

This casual venue captures the spirit of traditional southern American charm. So keep the decorum while watching the footie (if you may, ladies and gentlemen). Okay “soccer” may not be what the Americans are famous for, but their delicious menu of burgers and grilled platters are why you should go. The six screens, as well as a giant screen, will take care of all your football viewing needs.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Near Gate A15, Concourse A, Terminal 3
Contact: +971 4 298 9481


Le Clos
Be sure to head here for a luxury duty free experience. Buy a bottle of drink at Le Clos and they will engrave it with your personal message for free. Order in advance at leclos.net and your bottles will be ready for when you arrive. You can also indulge in the the complimentary tastings, too.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Various locations
Contact: +971 4 220 3533

Dubai Duty Free
Voted the Middle East’s best travel retailer and best airport duty free, it’s ideal for those excellent last minute gifts.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Various locations throughout DXB
​Contact: +971 4 216 2453


A trampoline park? Well, DXB is no ordinary airport. There are trampolines leading into a squashy crash pad, a climbing wall and a trampoline basketball court that’s perfect for fulfilling that unreachable dream of performing a slam dunk. Brilliant. From AED50 for 30 minutes.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Near Gate B27, Concourse B, Terminal 3
Contact: +9714 321 1400

And, of course, no matter where you are at DXB, you’ll never be too far away from Costa’s expertly crafted food and beverages. Thankfully, they’re open 24/7 so you can always get your caffeine fix when you need it.
When: Open 24 hours, daily
Where: Terminal 1 and 3

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