Al Maktoum Airport Duty Free

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About Al Maktoum Airport (DWC)

Emirates Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
City: Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 224 5555
Arrivals: Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) Arrivals
Departures: Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) Departures
24.896356, 55.161389
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Al Maktoum Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW), is an airport serving the Dubai area in United Arab Emirates. Scroll down or click here to see what Al Maktoum Airport shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities we have in our Duty Free Information 2022 Database. Currently in our database we have information on 2 shops, 2 cafes, and 2 restaurants at Al Maktoum Airport. If you believe this data is out of date or incorrect in any way, please contact us and we will get our team of researchers to correct our data.

Also known as Dubai World Central, DWC offers four runways with the ability to handle A380 superjumbo aircraft operating 24 hours a day. Simultaneous landing capabilities keep this airport moving, and three terminals and numerous concourses help it run efficiently. It will eventually link to its sister airport, Dubai International Airport, via a high-speed rail system.

DWC opened its doors in 2010 with one runway and only served freight flights. Within a year, it was able to handle small airlines with 60 passengers or less on board. From there, it opened to more carriers and saw 102,000 passengers come and go in 2014.

The airport is still in the process of building its complex to handle between 160 million and 260 million passengers through its doors annually. Most of the airport is dedicated to cargo at the moment and only a small amount of airlines like Emirates and FlyDubai fly passengers in and out. The goal is to see more passenger flights than freight flights by 2027.

Traveling to and from the airport is convenient, with taxi, bus, and metro services available, as well as car rentals. Car parking is available for short- and long-term stay.

How far away is Al Maktoum Airport from from the centre of Dubai?

It takes approximately 44 mins to drive the 34.7 mi (55.8 kilometres) between the centre of Dubai and Al Maktoum Airport, making it accessible enough to facilitate and accommodate any travel plans. Make sure you arrive in time to take the opportunity to explore the duty-free shopping opportunities located inside DWC airport, where you can purchase exclusive perfumes and colognes, cigarattes, alcohol, food items, confectionery, and souvenirs from United Arab Emirates.

What are the parking options at Al Maktoum Airport?

External parking options are available. Don't forget that you can also opt to leave your car at home, thanks to the many public transportation alternatives that can take you to and from Al Maktoum Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Duty free shopping is when you can purchase goods that have had the duty/tax (usually taxes like import, VAT, and sales tax) waivered by the government, therefore reducing the prices that you would normally expect to pay in a standard shop or website. Duty free shops are usually found at airports or sea terminals, but you can also sometimes purchase duty free goods during international flights or on cruises.

Anyone travelling internationally (between two different countries) is eligible to purchase duty free items.

The term 'duty' refers to the tax that you pay if you bring a product from one country to another. i.e. if you bought some perfume in the United Kingdom, and then flew to Germany you might have to pay tax in both countries. Most governments do not charge the duty on products bought when you are leaving that country, which means that the customer doesn't have to pay the tax twice. This usually only applies when you are leaving the country, i.e. it is for export purposes only.

As the price for items bought in duty free shops often have the duty taken off the RRP, it can make them a lot cheaper than if you bought the goods in a normal shop. However, there are usually limits on how much you can buy on your trip, and these limits will vary from country to country, and also vary from item to item (i.e. there will be different limits on alcohol and cigarettes).

The most popular items in duty free shops are usually the products that are most heavily taxed, i.e. alcohol, perfumes, and tobacco. Duty free inventories will vary from country to country, and also from airport to airport. In larger airports, you may even find different prices in the numerous shops - remember it's always best to shop around! Make sure you check our database to see all the shops at each airport, and then you can invesigate the prices at each one.

Sadly, you can't just turn up at a duty free shop with several empty suitcases and fill them up with goodies! Restrictions will be in place, and these can vary from country to country. You will only be allowed to buy certain amounts of different types of products. Tobacco, alcohol, and perfumes are usually the products that are most likely to be subject to the stricter allowances. Make sure you check whilst purchasing, or else you run the risk of your items being confiscated upon arrival at your destination's customs.

No. Duty free is only available to travellers who are flying from one country to another country.

Yes. Many duty free shops will allow you to pre-order any purchases online before your journey. You will need your boarding pass and passport when you pick the items up from the airport shop.

What is there to do upon arrival at Al Maktoum Airport?

Once you arrive at the airport, you have the option to fuel up for your journey ahead by grabbing a bite to eat at any of the 4 available restaurants and cafes, or why not head straight for the duty-free shopping opportunities at the 2 different shops around Al Maktoum Airport? Get a last-minute gift for a loved one, or spoil yourself with a well-deserved souvenir from your trip.

Al Maktoum Airport shops, restaurants, and facilities

Shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities at Al Maktoum Airport include:

Caribou Coffee
  • +971 56 178 9681
  • Closes 4:30pm
Costa Coffee
Dubai Duty Free
Lagardère Travel Retail
  • +971 4 884 4005
  • Closes 6pm
Olives Restaurant
  • +971585299195
  • 24 hours

What airlines operate passenger services out of Al Maktoum Airport?

The following airlines all fly passenger services out of Al Maktoum Airport:

Al Maktoum Airport Reviews

Visited this airport as part of a visit to Dubai and Doha, and as the QR flight times fitted in well with my plans thought it would be good to try, especially as QR had only been flying in there for a few weeks when I went through in Mid-March. The fact that there was only two flights on the board says it all - my 9am to Doha, and a Wizzair one roughly 12 hours later to Sophia. It has a large duty free, yet is heavily over staffed especially when there was only 20 people on our flight and the next lot of passengers is over 10 hours away. Catering is a single McDonalds. Literally in the middle of nowhere and is quite a distance from the city compared to DXB and takes roughly 35-40 mins (early in the morning) in a cab costing around 120 Dihrams. However, it has clearly been designed with the future in mind so will be interesting to go back and see it 10 years from now. Yet for any aviation enthusiast, and non enthusiasts alike it is definitely worth seeing for something designed for traffic levels which astronomically exceed what there presently is, if you don't mind the trek out and limited flight options of course.
- John Mills

The most amazing airport in the world!!! Totally loved no queues, the most friendly staff in the world, showing real interest in your trip and doing everything to make your trip most pleasurable!!! Best Airport ever!!!
- Kamila

Nothing good about this airport. Have to wait 3 hours for baggage! I feel like at third world country. People yelling and quarrel with airport staff who can't give a solid reason on baggage delay. The trip to airport killed me. I hate this airport so much!
- Naqin Heykal

One of the worst experiences of my travelling life - and i work there DNATA - what do they actually do? Check-in on behalf of QR very rude Delivered us to the wrong aircraft on the bus on departure Baggage delivery on arrival useless
- Tony Heron

Rudimentary. A long way from civilisation. Very basic. At least few others use the airport thus no queues. Lounge was under construction thus a temporary one in place. Amex cardholders not welcome. Xxxxxx
- Stephen

Very far outside Dubai (45km from Mall of the Emirates), >30Minutes by Taxi; in the middle of nowhere. People from BurDubai or Deira wouldn't like to depart from this airport (appr. 70km) Quick Check-in and security. Only 5 Airlines on Service here. No Lounges available, only 1 McDonalds, 1 Costa Cofee, no further facilities in terms of a Pub or Bistro. Airport is probably scheduled and built for Dubai EXPO 2020.
- Morti

Basic airport at the moment, speed of check in and security a plus but just too basic. But then again no one seems to want to go here unless forced. Mainly charter flights from Germany and Russia Perhaps things will get better No public transport to speak off
- Tony Heron

Very well organized airport. It is new and modern. Not many flights arrive on this airport which makes it very fast to go through the security and baggage claim. Hygiene is on top level. Public transport is easy to find outside the facility.
- Iliyana Todorova
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