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Dubai’s ruler announces construction of world’s largest airport terminal

Al Maktoum International Airport is envisaged to have capacity for 260 million passengers upon completion.

Dubai has started work on a $35bn airport terminal that is set to have the world’s largest capacity upon completion, the emirate’s ruler has said.

Dubai’s Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Sunday that the new terminal would be five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport and handle up to 260 million passengers annually.

All operations at Dubai International Airport will be transferred to the newer Al Maktoum International Airport over the coming years, Sheikh Mohammed said.

“As we build an entire city around the airport in Dubai South, demand for housing for a million people will follow. It will host the world’s leading companies in the logistics and air transport sectors,” Sheikh Mohammed said on X.

“We are building a new project for future generations, ensuring continuous and stable development for our children and their children in turn. Dubai will be the world’s airport, its port, its urban hub, and its new global centre.”

Today, we approved the designs for the new passenger terminals at Al Maktoum International Airport, and commencing construction of the building at a cost of AED 128 billion as part of Dubai Aviation Corporation’s strategy.

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— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd)

Once completed, Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened in 2010, will be the new home of flagship carrier Emirates and feature five parallel runways and 400 aircraft gates.

Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports, said the development would solidify Dubai’s position as a leading aviation hub.

“The growth of Dubai has always been hand in hand with the growth of its aviation infrastructure and today we see another bold step on that journey,” Griffiths said in a statement.

Dubai International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport for international travel for 10 consecutive years, putting the facility’s capacity under strain.

Nearly 87 million passengers used the transit hub last year, topping pre-pandemic levels.

Dubai announced a record 17.15 million international overnight visitors in 2023, up by nearly 20 percent from the previous year.


    • ‘When I went to Tonga in 1992 we landed in the International terminal
      Then walked to the adjacent domestic terminal to proceed out to the outer Islands.

      Then in 2005 trip the terminals were partitioned
      There was a big fence outside.
      So you had to catch a taxi to go about 2-3 km to get to the other terminal.

      Creating opportunity for the local economy.
      Taxi trip and loading up dive gear etc to get to an effective 40 metres away.



      • Thats nothing. When we landed in the USSR in 1978 to start the trans-siberian rail trip, we got off the boat from Japan. This was a port called Nakhodka. Being at the height of the cold war, Vladavostok was banned from visitors. Came down the gang plank and onto busses. Took off and after a 3 minute trip, off loaded at a shed facing the opposite way we had left. The boat was right next to the shed.
        We could have walked across the sunken rail track to the shed.



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