A new take on the overnight stopover

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It’s something of an understatement to say that The Moodie Report spends a lot of time at airports, but last week this journalist broke new ground by spending the entire night at Dubai T3. And not stretched out across the departure lounge seats, either. No, courtesy of L’Oréal, who flew me out to cover the official opening of the new Kiehl’s retail area, I stayed at the Dubai International Hotel, which is located airside on the third floor of the terminal.

Dubai_Int_HotelIt’s my third time through Dubai this year alone, yet before this trip, I never even knew the hotel existed. Discreetly located next to a Pharmacy, it is accessed via the main concourse, and is the ultimate in comfort and convenience for anyone on a tight travel schedule.

My room was huge, the pillows were soft, and the bathroom well-stocked. Sure, the WI-FI could have been faster, and I was disturbed by a few announcements from the business lounge below my room – but the trade-off was I could reach the shops/my gate in under a minute, and could actually see the Emirates plane I flew home on from my bedroom window (pictured). In terms of space and location, for the time-poor traveller or transiting passenger, hotels don’t come much better than that.

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  • Poor baby…did somebody come up to massage your feet, a facial, offer you a mani and pedi, a full body wrap?

    such a tough life you journalists seem to have.

    Roughing it over here,

    David