Shopping at Dubai Airport | The Ultimate Guide

Whether you’re stuck on a layover in Dubai or you just want to know more about shopping at Dubai airport; this full guide has you covered.

Below we take a look at all of the places to shop, eat, relax and be entertained at the worlds most prestigious airport. Once you’ve finished reading this you’re going to wonder why people don’t specifically fly here just for the airport experience, it’s that good!

For those who don’t have time to read the full guide and want to know what shopping and dining there is to enjoy at Terminal 3 (Emirates Main Terminal), then you can jump to that section of this post by clicking the link below.

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Shopping by Terminal at Dubai Airport

Below I have put together a full guide to shopping, eating and relaxing by each terminal at DXB.

Shopping at Terminal 1 Arrivals DXB

Etisalat

The UAE based telecommunications company can help with data and internet services whilst in Dubai as well as offering a phone repair service.

Du

Du offers fixed line, mobile, internet and digital television services across the UAE. Du also has a store located at terminal 2 which is the main airport terminal.

Book my Wifi

A really handy service which allows travellers to rent a pocket Wifi device allowing you to stay connected on your visit to Dubai.

Duty Free Confectionary

Selling a range of duty free treats from french caviar to chocolate boxes. Shop also located at Terminal 1 departures.

Le Clos

For a wine purchasing experience head to Le Clos. If you like, use their bottle engraving service for bringing home any personal treats for loved ones. Their premier cru wines are the best. Free wine tasting is also available before you buy which can be very dangerous !

Boots

If you’ve arrived in Dubai and forgotten to bring any medicine, cosmetics or essentials do not panic, there is a Boots at DXB.

Dining at Terminal 1 Arrivals DXB

Costa Coffee

Dubai are 3 – 4 hours ahead of the UK (Depending on daylight saving time adjustments), so head to Costa Coffee for a pick me up after your long flight.

Le Pan Quotidien

For organic dining, coffee, pastries, bread and vegan options head to Le Pan.

Relax and Refresh at Terminal 1 Arrivals DXB

IHG Hotels Group

If you need to book a layover in Dubai for any reason head to the Intercontinental Hotels Group kiosk at terminal 1 arrivals. There is an on site Intercontinental Hotel where travellers can stay for any last minute problems with flights or change overs.

Atlantis

Another kiosk for a leading hotel chain, Atlantis The Palm. Speak to one of the helpful staff for information on transfers to the hotel, excursions or any issues.

One & Only

Kiosk for One & Only hotel group which has a luxury hotel on The Palm Jumeirah.

Jumeirah

Kiosk for the Jumeirah Hotels group.

Khamas Hospitality

Kiosk for Khamas Hospitality.

Golden Sands

Kiosk for Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, one of the most flexible and reliable Dubai accommodation options offering hotel apartments for a day, a week, or as long as you like.

Ahlan Lounge

Ahlan Lounge at Dubai Airport | Shopping at Dubai Airport | The Vacation Builder

Kick back and relax at the luxurious Ahlan Lounge.

Marhaba Lounge

Marhaba Lounge at DXB | Shopping at Dubai Airport | The Vacation Builder

Relax in the Marhaba Lounge whilst waiting for your transfer or your next flight.

Prayer Room

Muslim prayer rooms and ablution rooms are provided throughout Dubai airport and specific sections of the car parks. Prayer rooms are well sign posted so you need not worry about having to search for them.

Services at Terminal 1 Arrivals DXB

There are many services available at terminal 1 arrivals such as below:

  • Various ATM’s
  • Currency Exchange Desks
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • Sixt Car Rental
  • EuropCar
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • AVIS
  • Alamo
  • Enterprise
  • National
  • Fast
  • Dollar.
  • Budget
  • ALWEFAQ Car Rental
  • Dnata Left Luggage Storage

Shopping at Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Departures

Duty Free Confectionery

Selling a range of duty free treats from french caviar to chocolate boxes. Also available at Terminal 1 arrivals.

Dubai Duty Free

For duty free fashions, perfumes, alcohol and electronics; you’ll find it all at Dubai Duty Free.

Dining at Terminal 1 Departures DXB

Costa Coffee

Head to Costa Coffee for light treats and hot drinks after your holiday in Dubai has come to an end. Chill out and look at all of the fantastic photos and memories you’ve created whilst sipping a cappuccino.

Starbucks

Similar to the above, there is also a Starbucks at terminal 1 departures, my personal favourite coffee.

Relax and Refresh at Terminal 1 Departures DXB

Sky Priority

A lounge for SkyPriority for passengers flying with Skyteam airlines.

Kids Zone

Kids Zone at Dubai Airport | Shopping at Dubai Airport | The Vacation Builder

A tip for the parents out there; get your little ones tired out by letting them run crazy in the Kids Zone. THis will ensure they’re a lot calmer on the flight home, and if you’re lucky they may even sleep! There’s an interactive games zone and a climbing frame to play on.

Services at Terminal 1 Departures DXB

There are several services available at Terminal 1 Departures such as:

  • ATM’s
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Centre
  • Baggage Services
  • Special Handling

Terminal 1 Food Court at DXB

Terminal 1’s food court at Dubai Airport has the following stores.

  • Costa Coffee
  • Baskin Robins
  • JB & CO
  • Dubai Duty Free

Shopping at Dubai Airport Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is the main terminal at Dubai Airport and so has the best variety of shopping and dining options.

Du

The same stores as located in terminal 1 and offers fixed line, mobile and data services.

Etisalat

As per terminal 1 store, for telephony services inside the UAE.

Duty Free Confectionary

Also located in terminal 1 and does what is says on the tin.

Duty Free Perfumes and Cosmetics

Duty free perfumes and cosmetics.

Duty Free Liquor and Tobacco

For a full range of liquor and tobacco to suit all tastes and budgets. From special offers on popular brands, to fine wines and premium whisky, you will be spoilt for choice.

Dubai Airport Pharmacy

If you’ve forgotten to bring medicine or travel essentials, head to Dubai Duty Free’s pharmacy. Just like all our stores, these pharmacies are open 24/7, which is very handy if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

Dining at Terminal 2 DXB

Aside from the typical Costa Coffee and Starbucks which are littered throughout the airport, here are the other eateries.

Bombay Chowpati

Feast on authentic East Indian cuisine at Bombay Chowpatty.

McDonald’s

The obvious place for Big Mac’s and Double Cheeseburgers.

KFC

Finger licking good chicken!

Pulp Juice Bar

Serving 100% natural juices, Pulp is the perfect choice for health-concious travellers.

Subway

For the sub of the day..

Krispy Kreme

If your a donut type of person or just wanting a tastey treat.

Taste of India

Offering authentic delicacies from across India such as butter chicken, hyderabadi biryani, masala dosa, kebab roll, samosas and lassi.

Relax and Refresh at Terminal 2 DXB

Aside from Marhaba Lounge which is also located at Terminal 1 and several prayer rooms we also have Emirates Lounge at Terminal 2.

Emirates Lounge

Emirates Lounge at Dubai Airport Terminal 2 | Shopping at Dubai Airport | The Vacation Builder

Kick back and enjoy the executive lifestyle in the world-class Emirates Lounge.

Services at Terminal 2 DXB

Other services situated at Terminal 2 are as below:

  • ATM’s
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Centre
  • Police
  • Lost Baggage
  • Oversized Baggage
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • AVIS Car Rental
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • Dollar.
  • ALWEFAQ Car Rental
  • Baggage Services

Shopping at Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Terminal 3 has many of the shops that terminals 1 and 2 has with the addition of a few more and is bar far the most glamourous of the terminals. Terminal 3 was exclusively for Emirates flights only up until recently where Qantas can now use the terminal.

An overview of what is available at Terminal 3 over and beyond terminals 1 & 2 is below.

Fashion & Watches

Many of the multi-brand stores in terminal 3 stock brands such as Chanel, Salvatore, Armani and Hugo Boss. Whats more it’s all duty-free! Watches can be bought from leading designers such as Cartier, Rolex and OMEGA too.

Alcohol & Tobacco

The Clos is the place to shop for those French wine connoisseurs out there. Here you will find amazing ranges of wines, port and Burgundy. Dubai has an allowance of 4 litres per person of alcohol which can be taken out of the country duty-free.

Perfumes & Cosmetics

For those wanting to shop for beauty products there are also many more stores which will spoil you for choice. Many of the duty free shops pack together travel sized kits to take away which is a great touch and easy to pack.

Designers such as MAC, Estee Lauder and Clinique can be found.

Dining at Terminal 3 DXB

Some of the most famous cafes and restaurants in the world are situated at terminal 3. A full list below:

Costa Coffee

As seen around the airport in many spots throughout terminals 1,2 and 3.

Subway

For the sub of the day and situated all around the airport.

Burger King

For the burger lovers out there.

Giraffe

The UK chain family friendly restaurant with international flavours.

Delizie

Translating to Delicious, Delizie serves traditional Italian foods such as pizza and pasta.

Desi Lunch Box

This Mumbai-style street food restaurant is the place to eat for anyone wanting indian food to Indo-Chinese.

PAUL

People eating here can enjoy croissants and coffee whilst overlooking a Zen garden. Making it hard to believe your actually in Dubai airport.

Shake Shack

For all of the milkshake and juice lovers out there, with New York style burgers on top.

Caviar House & Prunier

A seafood bar serving a variety of sea food dishes from caviar to smoke salmon. Champagne can also be enjoyed here with a light bite from the sea.

Wafi Gourmet

A Lebanese restaurants with sandwiches, cold mezze and pastries.

Services at Terminal 3 DXB

Some of the best services are below with a list of all at the end of this section.

Zen Garden

Landscaped with palm trees and situated at both ends of terminals 1 & 3, Zen Garden is the ultimate place to chill in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Dubai airport. The garden also has hidden mist machines to help you feel relaxed.

Timeless Spa

For those with time to kill who can’t resist further pampering whilst in the UAE, check out Timeless Spa. First class ticket holders flying with Emirates can use the spa for free!

G-Force Health Club

A gym, shower rooms, suanas and jacuzzis as well as a co-ed pool are available to use at G-Force Health Club. An hour at the health club costs around 800 AED.

Baby Services

As well as the various baby changing facilities which are of top quality, Dubai airport also provides free to use baby strollers for right up until you board the plane. This means that you can check yours in to baggage and roam freely with less to carry.

Transfers

Anyone who has been to Dubai airport knows how large it is. The airport has recently began to provide buggy transfers between shops and the carousel.

Further list of Services Available at Terminal 3 DXB

  • ATM’s
  • Currency Exchange
  • Oversized Baggage Collections
  • Lost Luggage Collections
  • Medical Centre
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • AVIS Car Rental
  • Dollar.
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • Al Habtoor Limousines
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • National Rent a Car
  • Budget Rent a Car
  • EuropCar
  • Sixt Rent a Car

Buying Gold at Dubai Airport

Buying gold is not advised at the airport unless it’s a last minute thought or you had forgotten to get some from Dubai’s gold souk. Dubai airport gold is more expensive than purchasing in the city.

Dubai Duty Free has a range of brands including Bvlgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, and Rolex. Gold bars can be purchased from terminals 1 & 3 with a range of 18 to 24 carat available.

For more information on buying gold in Dubai check out my post on The Best Places to Buy Gold in Dubai.

Enter The Dubai Aiport Draws

When you pass through Dubai Airport, if you have time, make sure you enter one of the fantastic prize draws they have. There are chances to win BMW’s, Mercedes and even up to $1,000,000!

Conclusion

That’s all for the guide on shopping at Dubai Airport. Terminal 3 is where it’s at and is the main terminal for Emirates (and now Qantas) flights. Thank you for reading, we hope this has given you the information you needed. For more travel hints and tips on Dubai follow our blog here and follow us on Pinterest and Youtube.