For frequent travelers, airport is the beginning and the end of a journey. Nice airport service and facility can set the exciting tone for a trip and wrap up another with a happy ending. Some airports went a bit farther in creating an unforgettable memory for its guests.
Dubai International Airport-Easy way to become a millionaire
Dubai International Airport is world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is also the shopping paradise for many international travelers. The airport has over 280,000 sq ft of retail space spread between its three main terminals. The Dubai duty-free shopping area in Terminal 2 covers 15,000 sq ft in departures and 540 sq ft arrivals.
However, the most unique thing in Dubai International Airport is that you can win a luxury car in the duty free shop with a $138.89 ticket purchased. Or, if you are willing to pay $227.78, you will have the chance to win a million dollars. Who doesn’t want to come home from Dubai as a millionaire or at least with a BMW sports car?
(Photo Credit to: Abhinav Gautam)
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol-Go to a Museum
For travelers who want some quality time while waiting, Amsterdam airport offers an artistic choice- Exhibition from Rijksmuseum. Usually there are 8-10 masterpieces borrowed from the city museum’s permanent collection. The exhibitions change regularly and are generally thematically linked with traveling, business and the history of Dutch Art. Admission is free but id required.
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Singapore Changi International Airport-Embrace nature
Singapore is known for its tropical climate and city gardens. If you have some hours to spare, you can even go on a nature trail in Changi International airport. There’s a rooftop cactus garden in Terminal 1, which features over 100 specie cactus from Africa to the Americas. At Terminal 2, you can wander around 500 bright yellow sunflowers and watch the busy runway from the rooftop. The orchid garden is surrounded by luxury shops and busy traffics, which allows you to escape from the city and traffic and enjoy the beauty of Singapore’s national flowers.
(Photo Credit to: Steve Lacey)
Kansai International Airport -Wonder of human power
As a busy area center, Japan has long time suffered from conflicts between limited land and increasing traffic. Kansai airport is built on off shore island that’s complete manmade. The airport is designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The project of an airport on manmade island began in 1987 and opened in 1994. Kansai's artificial island is 2.5 miles long and 1.6 miles wide, and engineers have taken into account nature disadvantages like earthquakes, dangerous cyclones and an unstable seabed. However, the climate change and rising of sea level is a new threat to this airport.
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Princess Juliana International Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and the second-busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean. However, it has one of the shortest runways in the world-only 7,152 feet. For jumbo aircrafts like Bowing 747 and Airbus A340, this required them to fly low over Maho Beach. Tourists on the beach can literally feel the plane flying over their head.
(Photo Credit to: Wilson Hui)