Dubai #8 via HIA and DWC

Just return for another short trip (again) to Dubai this week for a 3-day meeting in Jebel Ali Free Zone. This time was via a new Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

The new HIA is really nice; with some art installations and chosen furnishings and colors gave artistic and classy touch to this ultra modern airport. I got a chance to pass through Premium Terminal for Business and First Class. Nice gesture welcomed me when a waitress brought a cold welcome drink and cold towel while waiting to be served in a seated check-in counter.

After passing immigration then walked down to departure hall. I saw Harrods, and WH Smith at least have opened. An iconic “Lamp Bear” can’t be missed. Contrary to popular belief, a bus system still applies to ferry passenger to airplanes; at least for those depart from lower ground gates.

DWC is the second Dubai airport; which aimed at becoming the world’s largest logistics hub. Located just 22km east of Jebel Ali, it may not be suitable for tourists; less  equipped and less connected than its neighbor DXB. A night taxi ride to TECOM area (Dubai Internet City metro station) costs 100AED (including 25AED airport surcharge) to give you an idea its location.

 

"Lamp Bear" at HIA
“Lamp Bear” at HIA

 

Premium Terminal
Premium Terminal

 

First Class check-in counters
First Class check-in counters

 

View to front façade from Premium Terminal
View to front façade from Premium Terminal

 

No need to go London for Harrods souvenirs. Located at the base of escalator from Premium Terminal Immigration, or turn right as you enter departure hall
No need to go London for Harrods souvenirs. Located at the base of escalator from Premium Terminal Immigration, or turn right as you enter departure hall

 

Playable "Playground " installation near Mac internet area
Playable “Playground ” installation near Mac internet area

 

Television area
Television area

 

Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium

 

Dubai. Can you see Burj Khalifa?
Dubai. Can you see Burj Khalifa?

 

Dubai seen from above Deira
Dubai seen from above Deira

 

Dubai looking east
Dubai looking east

 

Business area and Dubai skylines. Burj Khalifa dominance can be seen here
Business area and Dubai skylines. Burj Khalifa dominance can be seen here

 

"The World" islands are still unoccupied. Interested?
“The World” islands are still unoccupied. Interested?

 

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
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