Flight Plan

‘Dubai airport serves as my travel gateway’

| Updated on June 11, 2019

Abrar Ahmad, Managing Partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures

My favourite airport: It’s hard to choose one favourite airport but if I had to, I would pick DXB (Dubai).

What I like about it: To me, DXB serves as the gateway for where I need to and want to go in the world. The practical and the possible. I have the fondest memories of travelling with my wife and later as a family on holidays to Paris, the US, Oman — some destinations I never dreamt I would ever visit. All these memories route through DXB and I make it a point to truly disconnect, be present and enjoy my holiday, so lots of happy memories there.

Just last week, I was looking at the departure monitor and the dozens of destinations around the world while thinking about my own ‘bucket list’ of places I wish to travel to. Will I ever visit Baku or Georgia or Bosnia and what will those experiences be like?

What could be improved: I don’t have much to add since DXB is already known to be innovative and proactive. Given the range and scale of visitors, perhaps a greater focus on technology to personalise the in-airport experience for visitors not covered by the languages already displayed within the terminal — where to go, what services are available, how to connect and other areas unique to that passenger.

Other airports I like:I love the world-class airports we have in India. One marvels at the architecture of Mumbai International Airport with its modern design and the expanse of Delhi Airport. I wonder at how much India, and specifically Indian airports, have changed from my visits as a child.

Published on June 11, 2019

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