It's geared for about three flights a day but one season a year, it is mobbed with tourists.
Ultimately, flying is a mundane, transactional affair, and Terminal 4 knows it.
The check-in counters have changed little in the upgrade, but who needs them when online check-in is so easy?
A note for your own security: always use Uber or its Middle Eastern equivalent, Careem.
An airport without the "shopping centre vibe" but the potential for long queues when busy.
Dubai's Terminal 2 is not pretty, but it does the job.
Surprisingly smooth check-in experience despite the airport handling 33.3 million passengers in the last year.
When the staff member directs you to go back outside to the humungous TSA check-line, don't do it - there's a better option...
Big American hubs are almost universally hellish, so it's a relief to stumble across one that is actually pretty good.
The facilities aren't amazing but it's small and friendly. Sometimes you can't ask more than that.
Whether taking off or landing, observe the islands and beaches of this archipelago spread out below.
It has great rail connections and is low-stress compared to London Heathrow.