Dubai Airport — Terminal 2

Inaugurated on May 1st 1998 to alleviate congestion at Terminal 1, Terminal 2 catered to scheduled, charter and special interest flights during special occasions. A few years ago, when Iraq was served by charter flights of Jupiter Airlines, we used to travel to Baghdad from Terminal 2. It used to be a small airport with lacking facilities in contrast to the Terminal 1.

Now, Terminal 2 is home to Dubai’s budget airline flydubai, which launched operations on June 1st, 2009. Undergoing a massive makeover, Terminal 2, hub for flydubai is now completely transformed. This terminal is also used by low-cost airlines, charter flights and airlines coming in from CIS countries and Iran.

Today, I was returning to Baghdad after vacation. This time I was traveling by flydubai. I visited Terminal 2 after a long gap of several years. It’s looking much brighter and filled with a number of shops and eateries. It was in the morning, around 6.30 am. I found people queuing to get into the famous restaurant belonging French chain of bakery restaurants – Paul.

As I was traveling by Business Class, I headed towards the flydubai Business Class Lounge.

The ground floor was a bit crowded but the first floor is more spacious and good for relaxed seating. I preferred to sit at a corner with a power connection to charge my mobile. I also breakfasted there. The staff at the lounge are quite polite and nice. The first floor is quite peaceful and I managed a small nap. My layover time was around six hours.

There’s a free secured wifi at the lounge and the speed is quite good. I wish that the lounge had more space to add a few showers. There’s no facility for showers in this lounge.

I also roamed around the duty-free shops. Although the area is quite small as compared to other Terminals of Dubai International airport, but the shops are well-stocked. It’s a small nice terminal and I liked the makeover.

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