Al Maktoum Airport Guide
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Three weeks after the opening of the world’s newest airport, Al Maktoum, which serves the huge enterprise zone of Dubai World Central, things are already looking good.
Today saw the low key opening of Al Maktoum International Airport with the first commercial passenger flight to land there, courtesy of Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air.

HOTELS at Al Maktoum Airport

You may want to get straight to your destination or perhaps if you’ve taken a long haul flight into Al Maktoum, you’ll just want to get some much needed sleep within minutes of landing. If you decide to ‘land and stay’ there are a number of options available to you. Eventually there’ll be a five star hotel on the airport complex, part of one of the luxury terminals but for now you’ll have to leave the vast airport complex and travel to one the hotels recently completed in Dubai World Central.

The nearest is the Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai, just over three miles from the airport. Several others are all found within a ten mile radius, within the centre of Dubai World Central or on the waterfront at nearby Mina Jebel Ali. Most of the hotels offer a courtesy collection from the airport either by air-conditioned minibus or private taxi – simply contact the hotel when you book, or you can collect a pre-booked hire car from the airport and save yourself the wait and the extra cost.

hotels at Al Maktoum Airport

How do I get Into Dubai City Itself?

Dubai City is further away than you might think with an average journey time of 50 minutes for the journey along the Sheikh Zayed Road.

The road into the city can get very congested hence the journey time and if the main road is choked, an alternative is the Emirates Road which parallels Sheikh Zayed Road inland.

What’s the Best way of Getting a Good Deal on Hotels Near Al Maktoum International Airport?

At the moment, hunting for a hotel near the airport is quite a feat of endurance, many hotel comparison sites seem to mix up Dubai World Central with Dubai International and there’s a big danger you’ll end up booking a hotel near the wrong airport. We found the best one to be which has a wide selection of hotels within a few minutes of the airport and at budgets to suit most pockets.

Are Al Maktoum Airport Hotels Good For Business?

You’ll find that almost all the hotels around Dubai World Central are business friendly. Whether this means conference facilities, a business centre or just free high speed wireless internet, you’ll find it all in many of the hotels. Some have secretarial and administrative services on offer and you should check off your needs on each hotel’s booking page.

Hotels Near the Airport:

Hotel Distance from the Airport
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai 3.4 miles
Ja Jebel Ali Beach Hotel 3.7 miles
City Premiere Hotel Apartments 5.1 miles
Towers Rotana Hotel 5.1 miles
Marriott Courtyard 5.5 miles
Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach 5.7 miles
Softel Dubai Jumeirah Beach 5.8 miles
Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach 6.0 miles
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort 6.1 miles
Princess Hotel 6.3 miles

Hotels NearEST Al Maktoum Airport

Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
This is a small hotel by Dubai standards with only just over 200 hundred rooms arranged on ten floors. It’s a beautiful hotel and with fourteen meeting rooms taking up to 210 delegates for conferences, it’s the ideal place to arrange business. In any spare time, use the gym or the large outdoor pool for relaxation and fitness.

Ja Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
As the name suggests, this hotel is right on the beach and still close to World Central. It’s big and has facilities to match and is close to the World Central Golf Course – another great place to do business.

City Premiere Hotel Apartments
Despite being apartments, these are beautifully appointed and with all the facilities you’d expect from a top class hotel. With office facilities and free hotel wide superfast wireless internet access, it’s a good place to do business in comfort but on a shoestring.

Towers Rotana
Dubbed a convention centre hotel, the Towers Rotana is something special. With over 400 rooms on 51 floors in two dramatic towers