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Cheap flights from the UAE

Flights from the UAE

The UAE has extensive connections across the globe, with Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport the two primary airports serving the country. From these two airports it is possible to fly as far as Europe, the United States and Australia, while there are also plenty more regional flights serving the Middle East and the Asian continent.

There are also a number of other airports serving the UAE including Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, Fujairah International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Ras al Khaimah International Airport. These airports primarily operate regional flights but there are some longer flights available, especially from Al Maktoum International Airport which handles many seasonal flights to European destinations.

Airports in the UAE

The busiest airport in the UAE is Dubai International Airport which is also one of the world’s busiest. The airport is the primary operating base of Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai, as well as flydubai which provides low-cost flights in the region and further afield. Dubai International Airport handles the most flights anywhere in the UAE, with many long-haul flights available as far as Australia and the United States along with plenty of European destinations. One of the easiest ways to reach the airport is on the Dubai metro network which is directly connected to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is the second busiest airport in the UAE made up of three passenger terminals. From Abu Dhabi it is possible to catch many long-haul flights alongside regional flights, so you are well-connected if you are based in Abu Dhabi with the airport offering flights to over 60 countries. The airport is the main operational hub of Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of Abu Dhabi, and is situated around 30 km from the city of Abu Dhabi.

Sharjah International Airport is the hub of Air Arabia and primarily offers regional flights, although you can find flights to European destinations from Sharjah. The airport is comprised of a single passenger terminal and is connected to the city center of Sharjah by a shuttle bus if you don’t want to drive yourself or take a taxi.

Al Maktoum International Airport is Dubai’s secondary airport primarily handling seasonal flights from European destinations, although there are also regular flights available. The airport is still being developed and is planned to become the world’s busiest airport, while it will also enjoy a high-speed link to Dubai International Airport. You’ll find all of the essential amenities and facilities you would expect at the airport, while in time it will offer a huge array of shops, restaurants and other amenities once fully completed.

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is located around 20 km from the center of Ras Al Khaimah and is made up of two passenger terminals. As well as regional flights, you can travel as far as Europe from Ras Al Khaimah. The airport offers everything you would need in terms of facilities and amenities including duty-free shopping and a restaurant on-site.

Fujairah International Airport is just 2 km from Fujairah and currently offers only a single service to and from Warsaw Chopin Airport on a seasonal basis. Al Ain International Airport provides only a couple more flights around the region and is located around 15 km from Al Ain. Both airports offer only a limited range of amenities and facilities, so you may be best off bringing any essential items you need with you.

Useful UAE travel information

Make sure you have checked the visa requirements of your destination, as many countries around the world will require a visa in advance. However, if you are traveling to a country within the Schengen Area as a UAE national you do not need to worry about a visa for stays of up to 90 days, while there are plenty of other nations around the globe also allowing UAE nationals to enter visa free.

Most airlines advise passengers to arrive at your chosen airport around 3 hours before long-haul flights and 2 hours before regional flights. However, these are only approximate times so it is advisable to check with your airline for the most accurate information. Remember that not all places in the world stay warm all year round like the UAE, so make sure you are prepared for whatever weather you will face at your chosen destination.

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