Passengers facing flight delays, cancellations or long transits at Dubai International Airport now have the option to rent out a micro-hotel room inside the terminal.
The sleeping pod or ‘snoozecube’ provides a little enclosed space for passengers looking for extra privacy, a step up in comfort from terminal seating and somewhere to lay their head.
Each snoozecube is minimalist but functional, with enough room to squeeze in a single bed, TV offering music and movies and a little hanger space.
High-speed internet access is also inclusive, enabling passengers to plug in to their laptops from the privacy of their pod.
The creator behind the concept – New Zealander, Larry Swann – plans to introduce more snoozecube pods across the airport.
The pods are located at airport departures, Terminal 1 adjacent to Gate 122 and cost Dh65 (EUR 11/$16) per hour to rent.
Snoozing pods popular at airports
Renting out a sleeping pod inside an airport terminal is proving to be quite popular among passengers – particularly among those in need of a good power nap while in transit after crossing multiple time zones.
At Munich airport’s Terminal 2, passengers can rent out napcabs at the gate that are equipped with a bed, desk, internet connection and power plug.
Vancouver International Airport has a similar concept – called ‘MetroNaps’ and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International airport recently introduced pods, or ‘Sleepboxes’ in airside areas post-security.