Dubai International is split into three terminals. All numbered chronologically — Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Terminal 2 is a standalone building. Whereas Termina 1 and Terminal 3 have concourses attached to the terminal. Each terminal facilitates a mix of international and domestic traffic.
Terminal 1 is the original terminal of Dubai International. The terminal is attached to Concourse D (originally planned to be Terminal 4) which dramatically increased the capacity of the airport when it was built it was opened in 2016. The Terminal facilitates a number of different global airlines. With the opening of Concourse D, all airlines that flew out of Concourse A, B and C moved to Terminal 1 to allow Emirates to take over the other Concourses.
Terminal 2 opened in 1998 and mainly facilitates flights to countries of southern and western Asia. The Terminal is also where flydubai is based. The Terminal underwent its first major refurbishment in 2010, where all facilities were improved and more space was created to better handle passenger traffic.
Terminal 3 is the largest and newest terminal at Dubai International. The terminal was opened in 2016 and upon opening was the largest airport in the world by floor space. The terminal is attached to Concourse A, B and C.
The airport is partly underground and has multiple levels with an extensive selection of restaurants, lounges and other shopping opportunities,
Originally, Terminal 3 was used exclusively by Emirates. However, it is now used both by Emirates and Qantas, who have a codeshare agreement.
Concourse A, B and C all have three–five-star hotels within their respective buildings.