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Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is an international airport serving Dubai. It is a major aviation hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai.[2] It is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Dubai.[3] The airport is operated by the Department of Civil Aviation and is the home base of Dubai's international airline, Emirates and Emirates SkyCargo; the Emirates hub is the largest airline hub in the Middle East; Emirates handles 60% of all passenger traffic, and accounts for 38% of all aircraft movements at the airport. Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier, Flydubai. As of July 2010, there are over 6,000 weekly flights operated by 130 airlines to over 215 destinations across every continent except Antarctica.

The History
Dubai Airport History

The history of civil aviation in Dubai started in July 1937 when an air agreement was signed for a flying boat base for the aircraft of Imperial Airways with rental of the base at about 440 Rupees per month – this included the guards' wages. The Empire Flying Boats also started operating once a week flying East to Karachi and West to Southampton, England. By February 1938, there were 4 flying boats a week.

In the 1940s flying from Dubai was by flying boats operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), operating the Horseshoe line from Southern Africa via the Persian Gulf to Sydney.

On 29 October 2010, the airport marked its 50th anniversary. The airport has seen over 402 million passengers at an average annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, and handled over 3.87 million aircraft at an average annual growth rate of 12.4 per cent read more.

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Dubai Airports wins top social media award
June 10th 2012
Dubai Airports was declared winner for ‘best use of a social media platform’ in the international airports category at the first ever Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards (Smittys) announced recently in New York.

The submission that won Dubai Airports the recognition was the now famous flash mob at Dubai International which was orchestrated late last year to promote the DXB Connect airport prepaid card and has since gone viral on YouTube with over 2.7 million hits.. read more.


Dubai Is The World's Ultimate Airport Layover Destination
June 10th 2012
Sometime in the next four years, Dubai International Airport will become the world's busiest airport, surpassing Heathrow with nearly 80 million international passengers a year.

Airport officials predict as many as 98.5 million international passengers will pass through by 2020, more than twice as many as the 47.2 million that passed through in 2010... read more.

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Terminal 1
  • Terminal 1 has an overall capacity of 30 million passengers. It is used by 75 airlines and is connected to Concourse 1, the so-called, 1 km (0.62 mi) long Sheikh Rashid Terminal by an underground, 300 m (980 ft) long tunnel.
  • Terminal 1 is spread over an area of 300 acres and offers 221 check in counters, with a separate section for first and business class passengers.

In arrivals there are 40 passport control desks and 14 baggage claim belts.

  • The Terminal was originally built to handle 21 million passengers, however with the extreme over congestion at the terminal, the airport was forced to expand the terminal to 30 million with the opening of 28 remote gates, increase9 million. Over the years, more mobile gates were added to the airport bringing the total as of 2010 to 48.
Terminal 2
  • Terminal 2 was built in 1998 and has a capacity of 5 million as of 2009, after several, decent reconstructions. It is mainly used by smaller airlines operating in the Persian Gulf region. Most flights operate to Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The terminal was also being expanded as in recent years it has become extremely congested and overcrowded, used by approximately 26 airlines and offering 36 check in counters.Terminal 2 is spread over an area of 210 acres.

In June 2009, Terminal 2 became the hub of Flydubai, and the terminal houses the airline's corporate head office..

Terminal 3
  • The partly underground Terminal 3 was built at a cost of US$4.5 billion, exclusively for Emirates and will have a capacity of 43 million passengers once fully complete. The terminal will have five Airbus A380 gates at Concourse 2, and will have 18 at Concourse 3.
  • Terminal 3 is the third largest building in the world by floor space, with over 720 acres (2,900,000 m2) of space, currently capable of handling 27 million passengers in a year. Once fully operational, Terminal 3 will have an annual capacity of 43 million passengers. A large part is located under the taxiway area and is directly connected to Concourse 2: the departure and arrival halls in the new structure are 10 m (33 ft) beneath the airport's apron. It has been operational since 14 October 2008, and opened in four phases to avoid collapse of baggage handling and other IT systems..
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