Dubai with a Baby or Toddler

Dubai by plane

Dubai’s main airport is the Dubai International Airport . You can also enter Dubai by using Sharjah International Airport in the nearby emirate of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi International Airport in nearby Abu Dhabi. Frequent visitors from countries granted automatic visa on entry may wish to purchase an e-gate card to speed up immigration formalities and save passport pages. The e-gate card office is situated in the upstairs food court area of the terminal 1 departures concourse. You can fly to Dubai with Emirates, which is the state’s national airline and many other airlines. Etihad is the national carrier for Abu Dhabi which is about a 1 hour drive from Dubai.

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates and its low-cost wing FlyDubai. In fact, it has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight. The Dubai International Airport has three terminals and another one in the making as of end 2010. The airport is excellent for those travelling with babies and toddlers, offering all the facilities you will need from changing areas to nursing rooms fantastic children’s play areas. There are also plenty of restaurants within the airport selling a variety of international cuisines.

Getting to and From the Airport

Taxi: Most visitors will opt for public taxis from the airport, which are readily available just outside arrivals, which use the meter and start at AED25. Taxis are on the left when you come out of terminal 1. It is always best to pre book a taxi with a car seat if you are travelling with little ones to ensure availability (if you are not bringing your own with you). You can book these from Dubai Taxi Corporation.

Public transport: Terminals 1 and 3 are served by the Dubai Metro. There are also public bus stations a few hundred metres away from the main terminal building and a shared door-to-door shuttle service that departs whenever the bus fills up. Note that a transit card is required. These can bought at the Metro station or, after closing time, at the downstairs Information desk. The Metro is stroller accessible however, it is easier to get a taxi or shuttle if you are travelling with babies or toddlers as you will be transported straight to your accommodation.