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.

SHOPPING at Al Maktoum Airport

Shopping at Al Maktoum for now is very muted but eventually it will rival the Dubai Mall for the number and variety of shops.

With only one terminal operational and that being the one that is used by budget airlines, top notch shopping is a little lacking at the airport and some may be disappointed if they’ve read the hype that surrounded the construction of the airport within World Central.

Dubai World Central Mall is expected to be a little way off still, pencilled in for opening later in 2014, and for now, air passengers have just the airport duty free facility for their purchases. Even so, there’s a great range of shopping opportunities; many of them for luxury goods.

If you’re using Al Maktoum International Airport any time in the near future, there’s only duty free available in departures but from early next year, passengers arriving at Al Maktoum can buy duty free goods just after they land.

Well known shops at the airport include Swarovski, Hermes, Kiehls and MAC so fashion, jewellery, makeup and skincare are all sorted. In the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) store, you’ll find gold jewellery made in the Emirate, food, drinks and tobacco and sunglasses. Watches and lighters can be purchased from the small island outlets whilst larger stores sell general fashion, leather goods and luggage.

Of interest to those seeking souvenirs is the Dubai Gift Store whilst a second large store sells books and magazines as well as electronic goods and toys.

Ultimately the terminals will be interconnected and have individual entrances to a huge mall that will offer duty free prices to travellers and members of the public alike. It’s expected that access to the mall will negate the need for a separate mall in the terminals and an extensive food court will offer halal and western food.

Bookmark this page and follow our regular updates on the development of the shopping opportunities at the airport.