Dubai Airport gears up for massive Terminal 1 make-over

By John Walton, May 10 2013
Dubai Airport gears up for massive Terminal 1 make-over

Now that Dubai Airport's Emirates & Qantas all-Airbus A380 concourse A is open, attention is turning to the major upgrade for the older Terminal 1 at DXB.

The extensive revamp is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

In the meantime, be sure to allow yourself extra time when transiting the terminal while it's under construction. 

Once it's finished, transit passengers can expect a brand new baggage system, more space in the departures hall, better signage, and a general facelift of the whole connections area.

If you're staying in Dubai, you'll emerge from the new baggage claim to reach an upgraded arrivals immigration hall, which the airport authority promises will "improve passenger flow and reduce processing times for arriving passengers".

After immigration, you'll find a "reconfigured and expanded arrivals hall" (fully air-conditioned) with new food options and shops.

And when it comes time to fly out, there'll be a completely redone set of check-in desks, "more efficient and streamlined baggage screening in the departures hall", and "modernisation of all public areas".

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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