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Dubai International Hotel News & Events

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Ahlan Lounge @B is now open and welcoming guests at the Dubai International Airport

Ahlan Lounge @B, located at Terminal 3, Concourse B, near Gate B26 at the Dubai International Airport is now open for guests and transit passengers’. The lounge is launching a new International menu along with a safe experience keeping in mind all the precautions and guidelines.  

Taking full advantage of the downtime last few months, the Dubai International Hotel opted for a holistic, creative route to keep perfecting its offerings through in-house Cooking Classes that would benefit all of its chefs. This has resulted in creating a world-class menu keeping in mind their guest preferences and tastes!

Home to 4 distinct dining outlets and two executive lounges serving a selection of international delicacies, the hotel has a dynamic culinary team of 50 members. The 5-Star Airport hotel's Management and Executive Chef devised a resourceful use of the situation to strengthen the overall operations of its culinary team! During the lockdown the skills of the culinary team were tested through an examination, which helped the management ascertain the extent of their cooking prowess. Next, every member was assigned a specific curriculum for their "Cooking Class", based on their skills and level of expertise. 

"Dubai International Hotel has always been proactive in assisting our guests and delivering the finest hospitality. Drawing inspiration from global brands to boost morale and solidarity in their respective communities, we too reflected inwards to help our associates and fine-tune our services further. All members of our culinary team trained to diversify their culinary talents and attended the workshop, where they worked on enhancing their personal portfolio with vital skills and gain mastery over different cuisines," shares Stéphane Blanc, Food & Beverage Consultant, Dubai International Hotel.

The lounge will continue to adhere to strict health and hygiene regulations; temperature checks, thorough sanitization, social distancing norms, QR codes for menu and newspapers and limited exposure with associates.  


Dubai International Hotel Reopens

Dubai International Hotel has reopened and is ready to offer distinct services and personalised assistance to all travellers and transit passengers' from across the globe. 
The Dubai International Hotel is ready to provide an array of services including rooms and accommodation on Terminal 3, Concourse B. Beautifully designed in soothing tones and contemporary furnishings, the hotel’s accommodations come with personalised service and promise guests the best possible stay. The hotel has also restarted their International Restaurant, The Gallery located at gate B9. The outlet has launched a new menu and will be serving the best of international cuisine. To provide a safe and comfortable experience, the hotel and all the outlets will be rigorously following the guidelines issued by the authorities.
The East Side Lounge and The Executive Lounge (exclusive for guests staying on the executive floor) are now open. Guests and passengers can take their pick from an extensive selection of dishes, house beverages and coolers whilst enjoying Wifi and Internet connectivity. For the fitness enthusiasts, G Force Health Club offers gymnasium located in Concourse B of Dubai International Airport. Fully equipped with running machines, a range of free weights, stationary bicycles and more, guests can access the fitness centre from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM (complimentary for the guests staying at the hotel). 
The hotel will adhere to strict hygiene measures and safety restrictions issued by the authorities. Some of the measures to make the guests experience contactless and safe include temperature checks for guests and staff at all entrance points, rearrangement of the furniture at the reception area, restaurants and lounges along with sticker placements on the floor as per social distancing regulations. Prepaid transactions, email invoices, online brochures are in place to avoid any contact. All associates will be in PPE Kits along with protective shields at the desks and provision of sanitizers for the guests. 
The public area including restrooms, lobby and elevators will be cleaned and sanitized at short intervals by the housekeeping team as per the DHA standards. For the guest rooms, all the room doors have been designed to open without any handles, all printed menus and newspapers will now be available on your device with a QR code provided. Location map, guest directory, room service menu, all service-related information including flight information will be available on the television.

The Gallery by Dubai International Hotel Reopens

With Dubai International Airport once again welcoming transit passengers’ from around the world, The Gallery by Dubai International Hotel located at gate B9 is delighted to serve guests' a selection of international dishes daily.
The team at The Gallery is ready to provide the best of International cuisine by launching a new menu along with a safe experience in accordance with the guidelines issued by the authorities.  
The restaurant will adhere to strict health and hygiene regulations, wherein all the staff directly in contact with the guests and in the kitchen will be wearing masks and gloves along with mandatory temperature checks for guests and staff alike. 
Restaurant seating has been realigned to a distance of two meters between tables and one meter between each seat. A rigorous disinfection process is in place to sanitise the tables and chairs before and after guest use.
To make the experience safe and contactless, the restaurant will be placing QR codes for their menus. The guests can get up to date with the world news by using the QR codes for newspapers placed on each table. To limit exposure, only one associate will interact with the guests, starting from placing their order, food service, billing and customer satisfaction procedures.
"Dubai International Hotel has always been proactive in assisting our guests and delivering the finest hospitality. We are back and ready to serve a choice of distinct international dishes and speciality house beverages, spirits, and coolers to guests while they wait to board their flight” said Stéphane Blanc, Food and Beverage Consultant, Dubai International Hotel.

Dubai International Hotel takes home the “Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” Title among others at Haute Grandeur Global Awards, 2019

Located at one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International Hotel is renowned for its service excellence and personalised hospitality to transit passengers and travellers alike. So it came as no surprise when they received 8 awards for 3 distinct categories at the latest iteration of Haute Grandeur Global Awards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19 October 2019.

Haute Grandeur Global Awards are known to raise standards of excellence in hospitality globally, inspiring establishments to outperform past achievements. Thus getting recognized by them under an array of categories is yet another accolade for the hotel.

For its continued service excellence, the hotel was awarded with the “Best Business Hotel in the UAE”“Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” and the 5 star hotel’s Timeless Spa won “Best Hotel Spa in the Middle East”, “Best Airport Lounge Spa in the Middle East” and “Best Signature Spa Treatment in the Middle East (Timeless Signature Four Hands Massage)”. Ahlan Lounge @ B at Dubai International Hotel has won an excellence Award for “Best Hotel Restaurant in the United Arab Emirates”, “Best International Cuisine in the United Arab Emirates”, and “Best Restaurant Ambience in the United Arab Emirates”.

Adding yet another feather to their cap, Dubai International Hotel is all set to savour this win and take the encouragement to grow and constantly adapt to the new demands of the market.


Dubai International Hotel takes home the “Best Airport Hotel” Title at the Business Traveller ME Awards

April 30, 2019, Dubai: Dubai International Hotel was honoured with the title of “Best Airport Hotel In the Middle East” at the prestigious Business Traveller Middle East awards during the Arabian Travel Market 2019. Not only showing a significant growth in revenue but also hitting high numbers on guest satisfaction rates have led to this extraordinary win.  

 Dubai International Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel often heralded for its convenience as the only hotel located within one of the world’s finest airports Dubai International Airport (airside) in Terminal 3. The hotel also features the award-winning Ahlan Business Class and First Class Lounges Terminal 1, with a sky-train to connect travellers between the two terminals. Right from Ahlan Meet And Assist Services, to fantastic dining outlets, first-class business, fitness and leisure facilities — guests have access to everything one would need for a great stay on arrival, or departure or even just during transit.

Staying true to the quintessential Dubai standard of immaculate service, the 530-room hotel has joined hands with Dubai Airports to successfully launch the “Wake Up At the Gate” campaign – an in-airport overnight stay that allow families to wake up minutes from their departing flights. Making family travel and red eye flights a whole lot easier and more exciting, passengers can check into the airport and hotel the night before their early morning flight.

 The coveted award won at the Business Traveler Middle East Awards is the latest in a series of accolades won by the airport hotel, which also include 

'Best Airport Hotel of the Year for UAE’ – Travel & Hospitality Awards; (Ahlan Lounge) Overall Winner MENA region - (Priority Pass) Lounge of the Year Awards 2018; the ‘Best Airport Hotel in the UAE’, ‘Best Business Hotel in the UAE’ and ‘Best Airport Lounge Spa in the UAE’ at the 2018 Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards. 


Happy UAE Mother's Day

'I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood'. 
Here's to our real heros, our true warriors, our cheerleaders, our sounding boards, our strengths, our weakness, our everthing. Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers. One day is not enough to show the love.
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The Gallery

Coffee is a language in itself. Enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee at The Gallery before taking off.
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World Sleep Day

"I'm so good at sleep, I can do it with my eyes closed".
Did you know that a good night's sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising.
Check into our spacious rooms at Dubai International Hotel and grab a quick shut-eye or a beauty-sleep before or after a tiresome flight. There are so many benefits of having a good sleep, and are so often overlooked. Today, on World Sleep Day, open your eyes to the immense advantages of sticking to your natural sleep rythm of 7-8 hours.
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Relax at Timeless Spa

In a world of busy terminals, long queues and crowded gate seating areas, enter the peaceful haven of the Timeless Spa and refresh your energies before a flight.

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Dubai Food Festival

Foodies of the world unite at the annual Dubai Food Festival held between February 21st to March 9th! And if you can't make it out of the airport, we do pretty awesome food too! Check us out at any of our outlets Cadiz Lounge, Cho Gao, Gallery, and Sky Bar.

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Airbus to scrap A380 production by 2021 as Emirates orders 70 smaller jets

Emirates reaches agreement on A380s with Airbus, airline to receive 14 more A380s by end of 2021, as superjumbo production ends

Emirates airline ordered 70 Airbus jets at a value of $21.5 billion (Dh78.97bn) and reached an agreement with the plane manufacturer to receive 14 more A380s, whose production will stop by 2021.

Emirates ordered 40 A330-900 aircraft and 30 A350-900 jets, the airline said in a statement on Thursday. The latest generation of A330neo and A350 aircraft, will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024, respectively.

The Toulouse plane manufacturer and Emirates reached an agreement on the outstanding A380 deliveries, according to which the airline will receive 14 more double-decker jets from 2019 through to the end of 2021.

These deliveries will take Emirates' total A380 order book to 123 units, a drop from the original 162 figure.

“While we are disappointed to have to give up our order and sad that the programme could not be sustained, we accept that this is the reality of the situation," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates.

The A380 is a "differentiator" for Emirates and the aircraft "will remain a pillar" of its fleet until the 2030s, he added.

Emirates, which shunned the double-decker at the 2017 Dubai Airshow for Boeing's 787s, salvaged the A380's production in January of last year with an order for 20 more jets as the future of the superjumbo was in question.

Until that point, Airbus had not sold the aircraft dubbed the flying palace in more than two years. Emirates, which invested billions of dollars to establish a transportation hub in Dubai, had demanded that Airbus commit to a production timeline of at least a decade due to a lack of traction from other airlines for the aircraft and the absence of a secondary market for the jet.

But even with Emirate's order, the market dynamics didn't change for the A380, making it the second most iconic aircraft to be retired after the Concorde ceased operating in 2003.

“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog, and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” said Airbus chief executive Tom Enders.

Airbus incurred €463 million (Dh1.191 billion) in charges for scrapping the production of the A380. The first double-decker to go into operation was in 2007 as part of Singapore Airlines’ fleet, and was retired in June 2017. Airbus' shares rallied in morning trading, jumping 5.3 per cent to €109.86 at 10:43am Paris time.

Sheikh Ahmed said Emirates’ order of A330neos and A350s complements the airline's fleet mix, enhances its flexibility and supports the growth of its network. The jets will "play an important role in our future fleet and network plans", he said.

Emirates will operate the A330neos on its regional destinations, helping the airline serve smaller airports and new routes, and also provide the latitude to enhance its global network. The A350s will supplement Emirates’ long-haul operations, providing the airline with added flexibility in terms of capacity deployment on eight to 12-hour routes from its Dubai hub.

Emirates ordering the A330neos and A350s and reducing its original order of A380, lessens "its exposure to the giant jet and arguably introduces more fleet flexibility", said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst of StrategicAero Research.

"This is critical with its deepening relationship with flydubai in its pursuit to expand and capture efficiencies across its growing fleet. Given that Emirates leases all its A380s, it has shielded itself against a new defunct programme and an asset whose values will only decline as time goes on," he said.

Meanwhile, Etihad Aviation Group said it has restructured its aircraft orders after concluding talks with Airbus and Boeing.

The parent of Etihad Airways said on Thursday it will take delivery of five long-range A350-1000 aircraft and 26 A321neos from the European manufacturer Airbus and receive six 777-9x from the US plane maker Boeing.

Middle East airlines will spend about $600bn on new aircraft in the next 20 years, as the fleet size of the regions’ carriers are projected to more than double to 3,320 aircraft in the period, according to Airbus. The region’s carriers will require around 2,590 new aircraft by 2036.

Passenger traffic to and from the Middle East is forecast to grow 5.9 per cent until 2036, beating the world average of 4.4 per cent, according to Airbus projections. The region is forecast to experience the fastest growth rate in the world behind Africa, which is projected to grow by 5.9 per cent to 400 million passengers by 2036, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).



Dubai Airports aims to eliminate queues as it rebrands

Operator says it will enhance use of tech to improve customer experience

Dubai: Dubai Airports launched on Wednesday its new brand identity as it plans to introduce changes across its airports to improve the passenger experience.

The new brand, with a fresh logo bearing the letters DXB, will see the operator enhance technology at the city’s two airports and launch new retail concepts there. Dubai Airports said it aims to “eliminate” queues at airports and leverage its use of technology.

“Airports are changing, and what we wanted to do is make sure that we focused on the customer experience,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.

“We don’t want anyone to have to queue. The idea is we will gradually introduce new technology, which will make the processes very efficient and quick. Not only then do passengers not have to wait, that means they’ll have a far more enjoyable experience and we will get greater capacity out of our airports because everyone will be moving much more quickly.”

The changes will take “a few years to fully manifest” themselves across the airports.

Griffiths has long expressed his views about how airports around the world need to up their use of technology, painting a picture of his vision of how airports will look in the future — and it’s a significant difference from how they look today.

In a speech in May 2018, the CEO said he believes technology can remove the pain from travel, by eliminating queues, document checks, and long walks from one gate to another. He described a future where airports have no check-in desks, no immigration, and discreet security procedures that rely on technology such as facial scans.

On Wednesday, Griffiths said he believes the new brand identity, together with improved technology, will help Dubai’s airports to get to that future.

“We’re doing all sorts of things with the transformation of the airport; the visual spaces, the new way we will board passengers on to aeroplanes — so much is changing because tech is delivering us the ability to create far more enjoyable customer experience,” he said.



The Smile Bar

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If you’re looking to kill time at a stopover at Dubai Airport Terminal 3, you can visit The Timeless Spa- probably the best way to pass the time and relax, while perfecting your dazzling smile in time for your trip
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Sky Bar

Pasta for breakfast? Why not? The airport is the only place where time stands still. Pass by at Sky Bar and order your favourite meal at any time of day!


Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Spend AED 100 per person and get 20% discount on your total bill and get a 20% F&B discount voucher for your next visit!


Timeless Spa Special

Timeless Spa at Dubai International Hotel is rolling out the perfect relaxation package for couples, all through February! At AED 999, couples can unwind with a 45-minute Desert Aroma Massage followed by a 30-minute Timeless Classic Facial that is sure to nourish and relax your body and mind, lending a healthy glow to your skin.

Valid from February 1st to 28th, 2019


Pamper Your Valentine With VIP Service

Double is always better!Treat your partner to a Special 2-for-1 Heart Day deal at Dubai International Hotel. Couples travelling between February 10 – 16, 2019 can book any Ahlan Meet & Greet service at the price of one!

For more information, please visit our website www.ahlan-dia.com


Sky Bar Chef's Special of the Month - February 2019

Sky Bar at Dubai International Hotel brings yet another Chef’s Special with Seafood Tagliatelle. Cooked with an assortment of seafood in tomato sauce, this Italian special, priced at just AED 69, is a must-have for seafood lovers of the city!

Valid from February 1 – 28, 2019


Cadiz's Chef Special of the Month

Treat yourself to Chef’s Special of the Month at Dubai International Hotel’s Cadiz Lounge & Tapas Bar, from February 1 – 28, 2019!Dig into the comforting goodness of the Cheesy Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap and bid adieu to hunger pangs.

Price : AED 63 with a chilled can of hops


The Gallery: Chef Special of the Month

Treat yourself to The Gallery’s Chef’s Special of the Month, bringing a generous mix of hearty eats and comforting sides!Dig into a loaded Meatball Sandwich with Pickled Cabbage, served with Mustard Mayo and Skinny Fries. Top the Chef’s Special with an Iced Tea for only AED 59, or a bottle of chilled hops for only AED 89.

Valid from February 1 – 28, 2019


Cho Gao’s Crazy Deals

Home to exotic Asian delicacies, Cho Gao is all set to unleash crazy deals all through February!Spend AED 100 per person and get 20% discount on your total bill and get a 20% F&B discount voucher for your next visit!

Valid from 1st to 7th February, 2019.

Those craving authentic Asian fare can dig into the flavoursome Chef Special of the Month, Traditional Zha Jiang Fried Noodles for AED 69 only.

Valid from February 1 – 28, 2019


Dubai International Hotel’s special Deluxe Room Packages

Experience absolute luxury and convenience at Dubai International Hotel’s special Deluxe Room Packages. Guests booking under our Package Promotions for Deluxe Rooms can enjoy Ahlan’s Meet & Assist Service, or opt for Meal and Drinks Package or select the Continental Breakfast Package. So make your booking through the website, phone, email, or simply walk-in to enjoy the finest hospitality at Dubai International Hotel.

*Price varies per day

For more info and bookings, call +971 4 224 4000, WhatsApp: +971 54 791 600 or email reservations@dubaiintlhotels.com 


How To Ensure A Stress-Free Trip When You Travel!

So you went on a nice Xmas and year-end break. Great. But do you still feel tired? Are you still trying to get back into the rhythm of the new year? Feel like the need for another break? We don’t blame you. Often, travelling out of the city during peak seasons like Christmas and New Years can cause what can be best described as ‘holiday stress’.  Even coming into Dubai at a time when the entire world is here to ring in the new year can leave you drained despite all the fun. Overcrowded airports, long queues at check-in, missing baggage, last-minute formalities… however prepared you are for your trip, there is no escaping the hustle and bustle.

But here is where the smart and luxe traveller is different from the rest. Imagine, having the stress of check-in, luggage, immigration etc completely taken care of! Or not having to wait in queues for hours on end when you arrive in the city? Or, if you are the host, ensuring that your guests have a smooth experience when they land? The idea itself fills you with joy and that’s why we recommend the Ahlan Meet & Greet Service to ease off your travel woes. And if you don’t believe us, ask the celebrities who regularly avail of the service.

Dubai International Airport’s premier concierge service is all about exclusivity, personalisation and comfort. Leave the crowd and the mess behind, and let others do the job for you! Whether you are flying into the city or getting out of it, with every need taken care of, right from the time you enter the airport to the minute you board your flight, this is what we call travelling in style.

So what can you expect? If you are travelling out of the city, expect to be welcomed by the representatives right outside the airport.  The next few minutes are magical. Your luggage is taken care of, checked in, the boarding passes handed on to you and immigration formalities are fast-tracked. What a relief!

The next stop is the Ahlan Lounge. The lounge service is utter bliss. This zone is the escape you need from the madding holiday crowd before you embark on your adventure. Plush, swish and supremely comfortable, you can have your own space before it’s time to board. Have a drink, order from a fabulous menu (meaning: you have the option to skip boring flight food!), read or browse in peace, shower and freshen up if you feel the need to (well, if you fancy being clicked like a celebrity in your ‘airport look’ this is how you do it!) and feel completely relaxed. And oh yes, there is a spa too for some quick treatments including facials and massages, if you fancy it.

Energised, when it’s time to board, the representative will be right there, escorting you till the gate. Simply put, every tedious formality is taken care of before you fly. It’s also great if you want to make your guests feel loved and taken care of when they arrive in the city. With them being in safe hands from the moment they disembark, there can’t be a better welcome to Dubai.

Vincent Cris Vios, Manager, Ahlan Meet & Greet Services talks to us

What, in your opinion, is the modern traveller looking for while flying?

We live in tech-driven world. I think modern travellers’ main expectation is efficiency. A quick, time-saving process on everything through upgraded facilities and innovative processes of service operations is what is needed.

Does providing the Ahlan service to celebrities pose a different challenge as opposed to a regular traveller?

None at all, we consider all of our guests as VIPs and emphasize attention on each of our guests’ needs.  Of course, there will be a significant expectation on handling celebrities but we focus on providing the best service and meeting their requirements. I believe these are the keys to providing better services for everyone.

Are you planning to add new services?

There is a lot of potentials to package our Departure Service to one of our many facilities and services inside Dubai International Airports. Last month, we offered, a ‘Timeless experience’ to our departing guests where we provided personalized and seamless meet and greet at departures. When inside the airport, a 30-minute Spa treatment was offered at our Timeless Spa before sending off the guests. We can extend these departure packages where guests can avail our Departure Meet and Greet plus a short stay at the Dubai International Hotel or a quick meal at our Food and Beverage outlets.



Sweet Surprises from Ahlan at Dubai International Hotel

This February, love is not just in the air, but in the airport too! Dubai International offers an extra special deal on Ahlan Meet & Greet packages and Ahlan Business Class and First Class lounge access for couples, exclusively from February 10th,to 16th.

  Keeping in mind the caring and tender tone of the month, the luxury airport hotel offers a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer on Ahlan Meet & Greet services booked during the special dates. Similarly, guests booking access at the Ahlan Lounges can bring a special friend at no extra charge. Additionally, on the dates of February 13th to 15th,  as a sweet gesture from the luxury airport hotel, each couple will be gifted a box of delicious chocolates.

 “It is always our intention to make the journey through Dubai Airport a seamless and comfortable one. And if we can be part of making this time of year even more special for someone, then it is our complete honour to do so. We look forward to seeing many delighted faces at the start or end of their respective journeys,” says Vincent Cris Vios, Manager - Ahlan Meet & Greet Services.

 The services are offered at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 and Terminal 1 only. For more information and bookings, please email: reservations@dubaiintlhotels.com or call us on +971 4 505 2703 / Toll-free: 800344


About Dubai International Hotel:

A strategic business unit of Dubai Airports, Dubai International Hotel is located within one of the world’s most advanced and busiest airports, across Concourses A, B, C and D of Airport Terminal 3. The luxury hotel also has a presence at Airport Terminal 1 with the Ahlan First Class Lounge and award-winning Business Class Lounge.


About Ahlan Services:

Ahlan Services is Dubai International Airport’s premier Concierge Service, providing an exclusive and highly personalized meet and greet service at Dubai International Airport’s Terminals 1 and Terminal 3. From disembarkation through luggage collection, the Ahlan representatives clear the way for their esteemed guests. A welcome like no other, airport formalities smoother and swifter and more comfortable with Ahlan. The friendly staff at Ahlan Meet & Greet services welcomes more than 75 guests every day.


Dubai International Hotel Recaps Major Milestones Of 2018

Renowned for offering personalised hospitality with silver service par excellence, the 530-key Dubai International Hotel has had an extremely successful run in 2018, winning a plethora of prestigious awards for its distinct F&B offerings, Spa and Luxury facilities to tourists and transit passengers at one of the world’s busiest airports.

 The luxury Airport Hotel was awarded the 5-Star Hotel Rating from Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing and later bagged the top rank on TripAdvisor as a specialty lodge in Dubai, receiving a total of 1,213 reviews in 2018 with an average rating of 4.7 stars. Based on traveller ranked and best value categories on TripAdvisor, the hotel was awarded the number 1 rank among 324 specialty lodgings in Dubai. Earning the coveted rating of 5.0 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, the hotel’s Ahlan First Class Lounge ranked number 1, The Gallery ranked number 2, Cho Gao ranked number 3 and Cadiz Tapas Bar ranked number 6 out of 10,488 places to eat in Dubai. The hotel’s Ahlan Business Class Lounge gained recognition as the “Middle East and Africa Airport Lounge of the Year” at Priority Pass, a testament to the personalised assistance and bespoke services extended to guests and transit passengers travelling via Dubai International Airport.

 Dubai International Hotel lays an equal focus on holistic wellness and wellbeing, boasting a total of 71 treatment rooms of the Timeless Spa across Terminal 1 and 3. Bringing wellness and beauty secrets from the Middle East and South East Asia, Timeless Spa is committed to offering the finest relaxing treatments and therapies. Timeless Spa was awarded number 1 of 298 Spas & Wellness in Dubai, enjoying a rating of 5.0 out of 5 by travellers and guests at this Airport Hotel. Besides enjoying the Numero Uno spot on TripAdvisor, it was also recognized as the “Most Outstanding Luxury Spa and Relaxation in UAE” at the LUX Global Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards.

 Continuing its 2018 winning streak, the Hotel was awarded the 2018 ‘TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence’ for the fifth consecutive year, thereby resulting in their entry to the highly coveted 'Hall of Fame'. This unique accolade, which honours hospitality excellence across the globe, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor.

 Recognizing the Hotel’s outstanding achievement in service excellence, quality, and innovation, Haute Grandeur Global Awards conferred the “Best Business Hotel in the UAE”, “Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” awards to Dubai International Hotel. Through a voting process, winners were selected hotels across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 categories by leading spa, wellness and tourism professionals, as well as spa guests across geographies voted online, facilitating a transparent and fair judging process. Participating hotels are generally seen as the benchmark in the industry as they create awareness about the value and importance of constantly raising the bar of excellence.

 Adding to its winning streak, the Hotel’s team took home a prestigious accolade at the Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards, during the festive season. This Airport Hotel is home to nine outstanding restaurants, ranked within the top 10 on Trip Advisor, serving a delicious fare ranging from Continental, Indian, Asian, Arabic to authentic Spanish food. With the Hotel’s F&B offerings presenting innovative delicacies with unmatched hospitality and service, Christopher Sonza, Chef de Partie was the proud finalist and Gold medal awardee for Hidden Gem of the Year, Hozpitality Chef Excellence Awards. With the award’s selection based purely on online votes, winners for each category at the prestigious Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards are acknowledged for their outstanding achievement in quality, innovation and service.

 Continuing to win accolades for its exceptional F&B offerings, the 5-Star Airport Hotel’s Pastry Chef Achira Kularatne, won 3 gold medals and a trophy in the 13th Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxemburg, held from November 24 – 28, 2018. With teams from 75 different nations participating Chef Achira represented the UAE Team in the individual categories at the culinary world cup. A team of 52 jurors, who are chefs from different countries, were tasked to evaluate the teams' creations, based on- appearance, composition, accurate and professional preparation, service (execution, portions, innovation and choice of material). Combining the latest and most innovative methods in baking with his passion, over the course of 5 days of the competition he won a gold medal for Pastry Artistic 01 and 02 categories. Besides bagging two prestigious accolades, Chef Achira also won a gold medal for Pastry Art category as well as a trophy for being the overall winner in Pastry Art!

 “Every member of the Dubai International Hotel family works passionately to ensure that every transit passenger and tourist arriving at our hotel receives the finest, personalised hospitality. Having won numerous accolades and gaining recognition at prestigious hospitality awards throughout 2018, we are extremely humbled by the continuous support of our guests. My deepest gratitude to the entire hotel team for upholding the ethos of our brand and working tirelessly towards raising the bar of service excellence,” remarks an elated Avinash Menon, General Manager.


Billionth passenger is proof of Dubai's soaring success

The journey from single sand runway to the world's busiest international airport shows the drive and vision that built the city

Those who live in the UAE, a land filled with the biggest, the best and the tallest of things, are largely immune to the vast numbers and superlatives that pass by with the regularity of a Metro train. But every now and then, a figure comes along that is so significant that it simply cannot be ignored. The one billionth passenger to pass through Dubai airport is just such a number. Much has been written about the growth of Dubai, which in under a lifetime has been transformed from a small port to a vibrant metropolis. Oil has played a part, but far less so than widely imagined. Dubai’s share of that blessing was a fraction of that enjoyed by its neighbour.

Abu Dhabi, as part of its strategic bid for sustainability, has chosen to diversify away from reliance on the sale of hydrocarbons, but from the outset Dubai had no choice. Instead its astonishing growth has been founded on two other equally valuable raw materials: imagination and determination. Dubai’s founding visionary was Sheikh Rashid, who ruled from 1958 to 1990. He inherited a relatively poor emirate, whose chief asset was the creek, a partially silted-up inlet that had served as a trading hub for generations. In 1959 Sheikh Rashid saw the way the tide of globalisation was running and, in a bold move, invested a vast sum to transform the creek into a large, modern port. The plan raised eyebrows, but not for long. It paid off handsomely and was followed by many others, inspired by Sheikh Rashid’s build-it-and-they-will-come philosophy.

Among them was Dubai International Airport, built in 1960 with a single runway of compacted sand. This year more than 90 million people will land or take off within sight of the creek where it all began and, on Thursday, what has become the world’s busiest international airport handled its one billionth passenger. It is fitting that that passenger should be a nine-year-old child, a global citizen of the modern world. For him and for Dubai, a city fast becoming synonymous with innovation and opportunity, the ticket to the future bears the three-letter code DXB.



Dubai Airport among world's ten dynamic and attractive airports

The achievement of the Emirate of Dubai to welcome one billion passengers across the five continents shows that it has entered into a new stage in strengthening its international presence.

According to the latest ranking of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, on the world's ten most dynamic and attractive airports, Dubai International Airport, DXB, ranked third after Atlanta and Beijing airports.

International specialised reports show that the number of visitors to Dubai International Airport annually reaches more than 88 million, a number that was celebrated yesterday with the arrival of the billionth passenger, who was received by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports.

Reports from international tourism organisations, including ICAO, indicate that the annual number of passengers around the world stood at 4.5 billion, and Dubai Airport was among the top airports, with its unique facilities coupled with entertainment and luxury.

The World Tourism Organisation has named ten most dynamic and crowded airports, with excellent facilities and services, as aesthetic addresses, and Dubai airport has been documented as the largest of its kind in the world in the provision of areas for duty-free shopping. At DXB one can stay for four days without leaving its premises.

The achievements of Dubai Airport were accomplished under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, who is inspired by the country leadership's vision of investment.

With a total area of 670,000 square metres, Dubai Airport has six floors with the capacity to accommodate 90 million passengers, in 4,800 square metres of retail space, and 2,000 square metres of restaurants, and five hotels.

The growth rate of Dubai Airport services, as achieved over the last eight years following the celebration of the arrival of 500 million visitors, are those that qualify Dubai to aspire in making its airport the world's top airports in 2021, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

"The billionth passenger has flown through Dubai International Airport, marking a new phase in its journey towards a bright future. One billion passengers have made DXB a part of their personal story and helped shape Dubai into a global hub," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The lucky passengers were given the opportunity not only for shopping and leisure but also for experiencing a social environment of coexistence, multi-religious and multiculturalism, making the UAE the nation of tolerance.



New innovative application at Dubai Airport aims to reduce turnaround delays

Flying through Dubai International Airport is going to get a lot smoother with Emirates' new innovative application Hub Monitor, which was deployed in August to test its potential.

 Developed in-house, it provides real-time updates to staff involved in aircraft turnarounds at the airport. Through its monitoring and proactive alerting system, the application helps to avoid delays and improve on-time performance ultimately leading to a better passenger experience.

Around 255 Emirates flights depart Dubai every day, making it crucial for the airline to have fast turnaround times between landing and departure.

 It currently takes about 105 minutes to turnaround the Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet, and about 90 minutes to prepare the Boeing 777 aircraft for departure at Emirates’ hub in Dubai.

 Some of the activities involved in preparing a plane for takeoff include a complete cleaning of aircraft interiors, water and toilet servicing, flight catering and loading meals for passengers, servicing the aircraft Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), refuelling the aircraft, maintenance checks, and loading passenger luggage and cargo.

 A delay in one of these processes will create a chain reaction throughout the other operations.

“The Hub Monitor application is a unique and innovative tool developed in line with our vision to continuously re-examine our processes and introduce smart and more efficient means to improve our operations resulting in better passenger experience," says Adel Al Redha, Emirates' executive vice president and COO.

 "Our operations team in coordination with IT have led the development of the hub monitoring system in a record time of five months, building on an existing solution that was already developed by Emirates Engineering. The team examining the various functions of Hub Monitor in real time are working to roll out further modules and the next module will be implemented later this month.”

What the application does is monitor the time it takes to complete a process in real time, and pings off an alert if there's any delay or deviation to any above or below wing activity against a pre-set Precision Timing Schedule (PTS). This gives staff at all levels time to preempt and adjust for any delay that might occur.

 All this information will be provided to the relevant staff in a mobile format, making the data accessible on-the-go.




Dubai International Airport Welcomes 1 Billionth Passenger in Midst of Sharp Growth Period

The airport's chairman greeted the billionth passenger upon arrival, while Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated the occasion on Twitter.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) just celebrated its billionth passenger traveling through, with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum marking the occasion on Twitter.

 DXB opened its doors in 1960 and saw its 500 millionth passenger pass through in 2011. That increase in the past seven years is fairly substantial, with 74.5 million people using the airport in the first 10 months of this year alone—that’s a sharp rise of 1.5 percent of the same timeframe last year.

 The occasion happened to befall a 9-year-old kid flying in from Orlando, Florida, who was greeted along with his family by the DXB chairman. Dubai’s Sheikh, meanwhile, took to social media to commemorate the event.

DXB follows closely behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Beijing Capital International as the world’s busiest airport, overall. In terms of international travelers, however, DXB claims it sits firmly at the top. Additionally, airport officials are confident it’ll dethrone the above-mentioned contenders by the end of this decade.

 We’ve reported on Dubai International before, most notably when the Civil Aviation Authority decided to implement the Skytrax anti-drone system to monitor registered drones and prevent them from causing cost-heavy airport shutdowns.

 The region itself is no stranger tech innovation and international appeal, with local police instating rideable drone bikes to its squads and passenger drones finding a safe haven for active implementation. In the end, having a billion passengers pass through its doors is a strong sign of global attraction, and one that is certainly cause for the city, and the Sheikh himself, to publicly celebrate.



Chef Achira Brings Home Gold At The 13th Villeroy And Boch Culinary World Cup, Luxemburg

Close on the heels of gaining recognition at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2018, under 3 prestigious categories, the talented team at Dubai International hotel has outdone itself yet again! The 5-Star airport hotel’s Pastry Chef Achira Kularatne, won 4 medals in the 13th Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxemburg, held from November 24 – 28, 2018.

With teams from 75 different nations participating, the recent edition of the competition experienced a great turnaround from chefs, who competed in three different categories: national teams, junior national teams, and “community catering” teams. A team of 52 jurors, who are chefs from different countries, were tasked to evaluate the teams’ creations, based on – appearance, composition, accurate and professional preparation, service (execution, portions, innovation and choice of material). This year’s edition of the culinary world cup introduced a number of innovations, including sustainable measures, with a focus on reducing food waste.

Passionate about baking from his early teenage days, Chef Achira pastry creations are a work of art, blending unique flavours with beautiful decorations. Following months of rigorous practice and rehearsals, Chef Achira represented the UAE Team in the individual categories at the culinary world cup. Combining the latest and most innovative methods in baking with his passion, over the course of 5 days of the competition he won a gold medal for Pastry Artistic 01 and 02 categories. Besides bagging two prestigious accolades, Chef Achira also won a gold medal for Pastry Art category as well as a trophy for being the overall winner in Pastry Art.

Baking has always been a passion and I express my creativity best through different varieties and types of baked goodies. Bagging 3 gold medals and a trophy at the famous Villeroy and Boch Culinary World Cup was both humbling and exhilarating. Competitions with chefs participating from different countries allow the exchange of ideas and this has been a great learning experience for me,” says an elated Chef Achira Kularatne, Pastry Chef at Dubai International Hotel.


Dubai gets new car that travels 520km on a single charge

All-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV begins duty at DXB

Dubai Airports launched electric cars on Monday with a driving range of up to 520km on a single charge.

Chevrolet Middle East and Dubai Airports announced that the Bolt EV has joined the Dubai Airports' support vehicle fleet as that company strives to further limit its environmental footprint.

Hailed for its unprecedented driving range of up to 520km on a single charge, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is the perfect vehicle for the job, according to a statement issued today.

Supporting Dubai Airports at Dubai International (DXB) which remains the world's busiest international airport, the Chevrolet Bolt EV will transport teams on the airport's roadways to facilitate a range of airside tasks, from airfield maintenance to traffic management to runway and taxiway inspections.

John Roth, President and Managing Director of General Motors Middle East and Africa said: "Boasting all the environmental benefits of an EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV remains a game changer in its segment promising class-leading range and the practicality of a conventional vehicle."

General Motors' alternate propulsion efforts, spearheaded by the Chevrolet Bolt EV, fall in line with the Dubai Government's vision for more sustainable and smarter mobility solutions.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports added: "Our partnership with Chevrolet is in line with our continued efforts to contribute to Dubai's green initiatives. The addition of the Chevrolet Bolt EV to our support vehicle fleet will go a long way in increasing awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles while further cementing our alignment our push for environmentally responsible mobility solutions.




Dubai International Hotel Wins 3 Awards at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2018

Located at one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International Hotel is renowned for its service excellence and personalised hospitality to transit passengers and travellers alike. At the recent iteration of the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards, the 5-Star Airport Hotel won Gold and Silver recognition for its F&B services, Timeless Spa and Purchasing.

Adding to its winning streak in 2018, Dubai International Hotel’s team has yet another reason to celebrate during the festive season. This Airport Hotel is home to nine outstanding restaurants, ranked within the top 10 on Trip Advisor, serving a delicious fare ranging from cuisines ranging from Continental, Indian, Asian, Arabic to authentic Spanish food. With the hotel’s F&B offerings presenting innovative delicacies with silver service par excellence, Mr Sunil Nair won Gold for “F&B Service of the Year” while Mr Galagedarage Piyasena won silver for “Purchasing of the Year”. With over 1000 candidates competing to take home the nomination of being one of the best in their category, the Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards acknowledge and honour outstanding achievement in quality, innovation and service. Following an unbiased, fair judging process, winners for each category at the prestigious Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards are selected purely on the basis of online votes, received from over 185,000 votes for various categories. This 530-key hotel located within Dubai International Airport (Terminal 1 and 3) greets thousands of tourists and is home to thousands of transit guests.

With 71 treatment rooms, the hotel’s Timeless Spa is focused on holistic fitness, offering the finest rejuvenating and relaxing treatments and therapies. Timeless Spa at Dubai International Hotel has won Silver for “Spa of the Year” at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2018. Harmoniously combining ancient beauty secrets with wellness therapies, Timeless Spa’s signature treatments and wellness therapies are recognized among the finest spas in the UAE.

“Awards and accolades motivate the team to combine efforts and function as one single unit whilst focusing on delivering memorable guest experiences. Gaining recognition at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2018 is a testament to our teams’ dedication and service excellence. We are both humbled and thrilled to have won these awards and are grateful to all who have voted for us,” quipped an excited General Manager, Avinash Menon.


Dubai Airport’s Christmas deals, discounts and presents

Lounges & transfers
Cadiz Lounge & Tapas Bar
If you’re making a last-minute dash home to loved ones and find yourself travelling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Cadiz Lounge & Tapas Bar has a special gift for you. All walk-in lounge guests can enjoy 20 percent off. There’s hot food, beverages and plenty of comfy chairs to unwind in before making the final dash onwards.
From Dhs200. Dec 24-25. Concourse B, Terminal 3.

Ahlan First & Business Class Lounges
Chefs will be rustling up a special traditional Christmas lunch and dinner buffet across Ahlan First & Business Lounges, so expect turkey and all the trimmings. You’ll also find the usual array of hot and cold dishes, plus free drinks for visitors. You’ll save 20 percent, too, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day only.
From Dhs160. Dec 24-25. Concourses A, B & C, Terminal 3, Concourse D, Terminal 1.

Ahlan Meet & Greet
Book a deluxe Departure Meet & Greet service with Ahlan and you’ll have your own personal concierge who will guide you through check-in and immigration and escort you to the boarding gate for your onwards journey. Plus, you can enjoy a 30-minute Timeless Spa treatment – including a back massage, foot reflexology or mini-facial) for just Dhs210. Or, book the Seasons Greeting Meet & Greet package in Arrivals or Departures and get a 20 percent discount off usual rates.
Dhs210. Valid until Dec 31. Concourse A, B & C, Terminal 3, Concourse D, Terminal 1, ahlan-dia.com.

Christmas dinner & drinks
Cho Gao
If you want to mix up your Christmas dinner this year, then visit Pan Asian restaurant and sports bar Cho Gao. Wave goodbye to turkey and cranberries and say hello to a starter of slow-cooked wagyu beef satay with peanut sauce, mains of steamed and stir-friend lobster with jasmine rice and dessert of a pandan Yule log cake. Okay, the last one is kind of traditional. It costs Dhs149 and comes with a choice of house beverage.
Dhs149. Concourse A, Terminal 3.



Dubai International Hotel Bags 4 Awards at Haute Grandeur Global Awards 2018

Dubai International Hotel scooped up 4 awards, under 2 distinct categories, for its continued service excellence, winning, “Best Business Hotel in the UAE”, “Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” and the 5 star hotel’s Timeless Spa won “Best Health & Wellness Spa in the UAE” and “Best Airport Lounge Spa in the UAE” at the latest iteration of Haute Grandeur Global Awards

 Having won numerous awards and accolades last year and this year, Dubai International airport’s five-star hotel continues its winning streak in 2018. Haute Grandeur Global Awards’ “Best Business Hotel in the UAE”, “Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” nominations are selected on the basis of outstanding achievement in service excellence, quality, and innovation from hotels across 7 continents, 172 countries and 90 categories. Through a voting process, winners are selected by leading hotel, spa, wellness and tourism professionals, as well as hotel and spa guests across geographies, are given an opportunity to vote online, in order to have the most transparent and fair judging process. Participating hotels are generally seen as the benchmark in the industry as they create awareness about the value and importance of constantly raising the bar of excellence. The 530-key Dubai International Hotel, located within Dubai International Airport (Terminal 1 and 3), is home to thousands of transit guests. Each room is ingeniously designed to offer a harmonious mix of style and functionality that adapts to the needs of tourists as well as white-collar guests. Besides offering a range of rooms, the hotel also boasts of eight outstanding restaurants that serve cuisines ranging from Continental, Indian, Asian, Arabic to authentic Spanish fare

Focusing on holistic wellness, the hotel features Timeless Spa across the two airport terminals that serve as a private haven to pamper and soothe weary travellers. With 71 treatment rooms, Timeless Spa at Dubai International Hotel has won the “Best Health & Wellness Spa in the UAE” and “Best Airport Lounge Spa in the UAE”. Combining ancient wellness and beauty secrets from the Middle East and South East Asia, Timeless Spa is committed to offering the finest rejuvenating and relaxing treatments and therapies. Home to signature treatments and a fully equipped fitness centre, Timeless Spa embodies the culture of the region whilst offering a combination of world-class therapies that has outranked some of the finest spas in the region

 To be voted a winner from among leading world-class brands that contribute substantially towards global spa tourism is as gratifying as it is humbling. A big thank you to our team of dedicated therapists who go that extra mile to ensure that every guest enjoys the finest experience to unwind and rejuvenate before embarking their journey,” says Marife Siriban, Spa Manager

 Dubai International Hotel has established itself as one of the finest hospitality addresses in the United Arab Emirates. Getting recognized at the Haute Grandeur Global Awards is akin to receiving a golden stamp of excellence as the selection process relies solely on the quality of feedback from guests. Gaining recognition across four categories is a testament to the consistent level of service and dedication from our team,” enthused a delighted General Manager, Avinash Menon


Dubai Tourism Officiates Five-Star Rating To Dubai International Hotel

Dubai International Hotel has been officially certified by Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) as a five-star hotel in accordance with the standards set by Dubai’s principal tourism authority. Khalid Hussain Mohammad – Supervisor, Abdulla Abbas Saleh – Inspector, Abdul Rahman Khalifa Alsuwaidi – Head of Inspection Unit, and Bader Abdulla Mohammad – Deputy Director of Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), presented the plaque to the hotel’s Managing Director, Ranjan Nadarajah and General Manager, Avinash Menon

The 5-star rating is a reflection of the high standards of features, facilities and services offered at the 530-room hotel which is uniquely located with Dubai International Airport. Dubai Tourism recognizes Dubai as a leading tourism destination and a global commercial hub, and Dubai International Hotel continues to substantially contribute to this world-class standard

Ranjan Nadarajah, Managing Director, commented at the ceremony, “We are extremely honoured to receive this recognition. Being located within Dubai Airports, Terminal 1 and 3, we are the window to this multi-cultural city and a traveller’s first and often, only impression. For the past 18 years, we have worked in tandem with Dubai Tourism and Dubai Airports to keep Dubai relevant on the world map

Part of Dubai Airport Authority, the multi-award winning luxury hotel caters to a myriad of international travellers each day, offering the finest hospitality standards and state of the art facilities. The hotel features 8 restaurants and bars, Ahlan Business Class and First Class Lounges, Timeless Spa treatment rooms and bespoke Ahlan Meet & Greet Services


Dubai International Hotel enters TripAdvisor’s Hall Of Fame

Dubai International Hotel, located within the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, has entered the highly coveted TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame.

The honour comes after the hotel was awarded the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year, resulting in its entry.

This unique accolade, which honours hospitality excellence across the globe, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor. Businesses that have received the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years are eligible for an entry in the Hall Of Fame.

“It is an honour to be recognised by TripAdvisor with the Excellence Award for five consecutive years, and to be welcomed to the Certificate of Excellence 'Hall of Fame'. This recognition is testament to the consistent level of service and dedication from our team,” remarked Avinash Menon, general manager. He added: “My deepest gratitude goes out to the entire hotel team and all our guests who have taken the time to review us and share their positive feedback with the growing numbers of online travel planners.”

Home to thousands of transit guests, Dubai International Hotel boasts eight outstanding restaurants including a 24-hour McGettigans Irish Pub on Concourse C. The hotel features 71 treatment rooms of the Timeless Spa across the two airport terminals, Ahlan Business Class and First Class Lounges as well the award-winning Ahlan Meet & Greet Services.


Celebrating DXB's 57th Anniversary

On this day in 1960, Dubai International Airport was opened. Here are some amazing stats about their journey so far.

  • 885,000,000 passengers to date
  • 240 destinations worldwide
  • 55,000,000 bags handled each year
  • 34,700,000 tonnes of cargo handled. Equivalent to 70 Burj Khalifas
  • 12,500,000 square kilometers site area. Equivalent to 1,800 soccer pitches

Happy Anniversary, DXB!


Something Exciting is in the Works

We are currently working on something exciting for our loyal guests. Stay tuned to find out more.


2017 Loved by Guests Award

Dubai International Hotel has been awarded with a Loved by Guests Certificate for receiving exceptional guest ratings and reviews from Hotels.com customers, showing our outstanding dedication and service.

This certificate honors businesses that consistently earn top ratings from Hotels.com guests and with a rating of 4.2 out of 5.0, Dubai International Hotel deserves a place among the best!


Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2017

Timeless Spa has won 2 awards in the Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2017



This is the FIRST Global Recognition for Timeless Spa!

We would like to THANK YOU for your generous votes and ratings!


TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

Travelers have spoken!

Dubai International Hotel, along with its partner outlets: Timeless Spa, Cadiz Lounge & Tapas Bar, McGettigan's DXB, and The Gallery, have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017.


New G-Force in Terminal 3, Concourse A

The new G-Force facilities in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3 Concourse A have opened last August 10, 2017. The facilities are open from 10PM to 10AM daily and include locker rooms, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, and individual hot/cold showers for male and female.

A new price list will also be in place for all G-Force facilities starting September 1, 2017 and will be as follows:

  • Individual Shower = AED 49
  • Nautilus Gym = AED 49
  • Gym + Shower = AED 80
  • All Facilities (1 hour) = AED 75
  • All Facilities (2 hours) = AED 110
  • All Facilities (3 Hours) = AED 140

G-Force Health Clubs are located at Terminal 3:

Concourse C – Hotel Level above Gate C15 behind the Dubai International Hotel reception Concourse B – Hotel Level above the Emirates Business and First Class Lounges Concourse A – Hotel Level above the Emirates Business and First Class Lounges

The Health Club facilities are also available for non-hotel guests.

For more inquiries, visit www.dubaiintlhotels.com/hotel/facilities or call +971 224 4000.


Dubai International Hotel Wins Awards and Accolades

Dubai International Hotel Wins Awards and Accolades

For - ‘Best Airport Hotel’ and for ‘Luxury Airport Hotel’



December 18, 2016, Dubai UAE: Dubai International Hotel is honoured to have received three prestigious awards and accolades recently. The luxury airport hotel won the ‘Best Airport Hotel’ on a continent level at the 2016 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards, which recognizes exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels. The awards are a prestigious achievement in luxury hospitality, honouring an unbiased result of only the finest in the industry. Winners are chosen by giving due importance to the quality of guest feedback rather than the quantity of votes.


Consolidating its position as a leading airport hotel, Dubai International Hotel was also voted as ‘Regional Winner - Luxury Airport Hotel’ at the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards. World Luxury Hotel Awards recognises the accomplishments of hotels in the luxury hospitality industry. Winners earn the respect of guests and industry players alike as they are chosen on the basis of guest votes.


Ever growing in popularity, Dubai International Hotel’s Ahlan Business Class Lounge has recently taken the coveted Number One spot on Trip Advisor’s list of ‘Restaurants in Dubai’, out of a total of 8,733 restaurants in the city.


“We are honoured to be recognised with awards and accolades across various platforms,” says Ranjan Nadarajah, Managing Director. “Our success at 2016 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards and 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards, as well as on Trip Advisor is a significant milestone for us. We are committed to delivering world-class services and offering guests the finest experience each and every time.”


Located within the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3, the luxury 5-star hotel is perfect for a short stopover in Dubai. The 530-room hotel has more than 8 restaurants and bars, Ahlan Lounges and Emirates-Timeless Spas through Concourse A, B, C and D providing passengers with everything they need to have a comfortable stay without leaving the airport or clearing Immigration. It is also a convenient place to hold a business meeting while visiting Dubai. Dubai International Airport manages the Ahlan Business Class and First Class Lounges on Concourse D at Terminal 1. The hotel is accessible to passengers in transit from both Terminals 1 and 3 via the airport sky-train.


Recognition of Excellence

Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence for 2016!

This award is in recognition for consistently achieving the highest standards of Customer satisfaction worldwide.

Rated By guests
Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel



World Luxury Hotel Awards

Dubai International Hotel has been awarded as the winner of 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Airport Hotel (Category).


An Estimated 85 Million Passengers in 2016

With traffic expected to surpass 85 million passengers in 2016 and more than 100 million by 2020, Dubai Airports is working on long term plans to expand its infrastructure to ensure that the growth of Dubai’s aviation sector remains unhindered in the decades to come.

The opening of Concourse D in February 2016 signalled the completion of Strategic Plan 2020, a US$7.8 billion airport and airspace expansion programme that was launched in 2011 to boost capacity at DXB from 60 million to 90 million passengers.


World Luxury Hotel Awards

Dubai International Hotel has been nominated as a Finalist of the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Airport Hotel (Category)


Certificate of Excellence

Dubai International Hotel has been awarded Certificate of Excellence 2014 by Trip Advisor


Best Airport Hotel

Dubai International Hotel awarded as the Best Airport Hotel in the Middle East by World Airport – Skytrax Awards 2011


World’s first A380 facility fully open for business

Dubai, UAE – Feruary 10, 2013 – Dubai Airports and Emirates today announced the successful completion of the phased launch of Concourse A – the home of the A380 and the world’s first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International.