Dubai Airport hotels for connecting flight passengers: All you need to know

If you have an overnight stopover in Dubai, it is always a good idea to take a rest in a hotel. The airport transit zone is usually quite busy with a few relax zones at your disposal, which can get pretty crowded.
For shorter stopovers you can book a hotel directly in the transit area of Terminal 3. The Sleep ’n fly Sleep Lounge offers rooms for a period as short as 4 hours during the different parts of the day. The hotel is located near the A gates and you can access it directly from the terminal, without the need to exit the airside zone. You can check all the room & stay options here and book directly with from this link.
The 5 star Dubai International Terminal Hotel is yet another option to sleep in the transit zone. There are rooms near concourses A, B and C. The terminal hotel offers much more than a bed as it goes with all the amenities typical for a 5 star hotel, Emirates style. You can check the room options for your dates and book directly with from this link.
The biggest advantages of Sleep ‘n fly Sleep Lounge and the Dubai International Terminal Hotel is that both are located in the transit zone of the airport, hence it’s not necessary to pass thru immigration and exit the airport facility. On the downside, these accommodation options may come across a bit pricey.
If you are on a budget, have sufficient layover between your flights and don’t need a visa to enter UAE, it may be a good idea to consider the hotels near the airport. Dubai airport is located in an urbanized area, close to the Deira district, which offers an ample choice of hotels and appartments at rates suitable for any budget.
The closest hotel, just opposite the main terminal 3 is Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport. It has 2 stars only, but a decent property with a guest rating of 8.4 out of 10. Rates are around 30% cheaper than the hotels located in the transit area and definitely a good option, considering the short distance to the terminal. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the airport. You can book it with directly from this link.
The other close hotel is Premier Inn Dubai airport. It is located practically next to Holiday Inn Express and offers comparable conditions and room rates. A free shuttle runs to the terminal every 30 minutes and the trip takes 10-15 minutes only. You can book it with directly from this link.
There are plenty of other hotels and appart-hotels at a short distance from Dubai International Airport, like Millenium Dubai Airport hotel.
Image: Millenium Airport hotel

The area around Deira city center is also a good choice. You can easily reach it by metro as it is just 2 stops from Terminal 3, but you can also take a taxi. Taxis in Dubai are very safe and inexpensive. The distance is 5-6 kilometers. By staying in Deira, apart from taking a rest you will also have the chance to enjoy a bit of the Emirates culture. You can dine out, visit some shopping centers around and have a pleasant time altogether. 
Here you can check the huge number of hotels in the Deira district. You can click and select the one that matches your budget and preferences.

To get a visual idea of the hotels close to Dubai International Airport, you can also check the below map, which is linked to You can book a room directly, securely at the best possible rates. Since most rooms are with free cancellation, you have the flexibility to change your travel plans at a later point.
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