Internet access at Dubai airport?

Internet access at Dubai airport?

2/8/2016 11:26:56 PM

Just went through DXB and Boingo has a 60 minute free Wifi option. It worked pretty well, including sending iMessage, Skype Video calls and Facebook. Also, once my 60 minutes was up, I got another 60 minutes free and continued to use it.

This is 8 Feb 2016 at about 7:30pm

5/5/2015 4:06:45 PM

I will be travelling through Dubai Airport twice within next 4 weeks. It’s not bad considering only 4.98$ for unlimited WiFi service on Mobile at airport (one month Boingo subscription which I can cancel anytime). Signed up for $4.98 plan and I will give update on service experience.enter image description here

9/14/2014 5:45:49 AM

Update 13 Sep 2014. It took one hour twenty minutes to get access to Boingo when the airport was less than half full. Boingo is a joke and the sooner Emirates ditch their contract the better. I have used DXB for 10 years and it has always worked OK. Since Boingo took over the operation it is crap.

6/16/2014 5:46:42 AM

I ended up going with Boingo as suggested by @karancan above. Specifically:

  1. I pre-purchased their $7.95/month “Mobile only” plan (this has to be done before you arrive in Dubai!)
  2. I paired my Android phone and Mac laptop
  3. On the phone, I turned on Bluetooth tethering (Settings > Wireless & Networks > Tethering > Bluetooth tethering)
  4. On the Macbook, I activated Bluetooth networking (System Preferences > Networks > Bluetooth PAN)

And ta-dah, full Internet access from laptop and mobile phone, at rather decent speeds too. The only minor wart is that you have to login again if you move from one hotspot to another.

Disclaimer: This is probably against the T&Cs 😉

6/10/2014 3:03:02 PM

When I was last at T3 in Dubai, the terminal did have free wi-fi but it was excruciatingly slow.

Boingo hotspots are present in all terminals in Dubai International Airport. As per this article, it is the exclusive data provider.

Here is the Boingo coverage map:

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Here are the specific details for the airport:

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For a more long term option, and if you are a frequent traveller, consider purchasing a data stick from your home country that you could use in Dubai.

If you travel to Dubai often, consider purchasing a data stick from one of the two ISP’s: Etisalat and Du.

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