Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers a new area at Dubai International’s Terminal 3 loaded with facilities and created specially for families.
If you are travelling through Dubai International’s Terminal 3 with family and children, a pleasant surprise awaits you at Concourse B’s Zen Garden, between Gates B7 and B8. The new family facility features a children’s area complete with creative play equipment, television screens featuring children’s programming, and baby changing rooms for added convenience.
The design of the area takes its inspiration from the Arabian Desert, with the topography of the floor similar to sand-dunes for children to walk around and traditional designs featured in all areas. There is even a climbing area and interactive games zone for kids who need to burn off any excess energy before the next flight. Whilst for those with less energy conversational-style seating has been added and made available for families waiting for flights with a range of both individual and group seats. For those who wish to have a meal or a snack before their flight the popular food and beverage outlets Starbucks, Ben’s Cookies, Sweet Factory, Red Carpet and Pauls are close by.
A Dubai Airports spokesperson told Breaking Travel News “We recognise that passengers waiting for a flight have valuable time that they would like to put to good use, be it catching up with work, sharing a meal with friends, shopping or spending time with family. These new facilities are the first of a series of changes we are making across the terminals at Dubai International to create welcoming spaces for the comfort and convenience of our customers.”
In addition to the new family area, the main transfer area in Concourse B has also been expanded and refurbished to provide a more welcoming environment for passengers, with more seating, warmer colours, “green” living walls and better signage.
Other enhancements include redesigned washrooms which now offer spacious and comfortable baby changing facilities and nursery areas, as well as unique products such as family toilets, “powdering booths” for women and innovative screens next to mirrors providing passengers information about flights.
Finally, with young travellers in mind there is even a children’s security machine and images projected on the floor to allow young travellers to feel more relaxed when connecting through Dubai International.