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.