Al Maktoum Int’l Airport Set to Be Largest Airport Worldwide

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, announced that all operations at Dubai International Airport will be transferred to Al Maktoum International Airport over the coming years, reported CNN.

Dubai has unveiled plans for a new $34.85 billion (AED 128 billion) passenger terminal at Al Maktoum, the UAE’s newest airport.

With a bold vision to be the biggest passenger-handler in the world, the authorities launched Al Maktoum International Airport 14 years ago.

Now the bold vision was maximized by the announcement of the airport’s planned capacity to accommodate 260 million passengers per year, according to CNN.

“It will be five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport, and all operations at Dubai International Airport will be transferred to it in the coming years,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated on Sunday when reviewing Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects’ strategic plan.

Al Maktoum added that the airport will feature five parallel runways with 400 aircraft gates.

Currently, Dubai has two airports:  Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central, the new one. The first one was ranked the second busiest airport all over the world, but now its traffic will be transferred to the newest airport.

Dubai underscored that the plans include the establishment of an entire city around the airport, with almost eight neighborhoods for residential and commercial purposes.

“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,” said Al Maktoum.

The airport will have two passenger terminals on the western and eastern sides of the airport and an internal train for easy transportation of passengers that will operate 24/7.

Upon completion of the promising project, the airport will provide travelers with an exceptional travel experience that facilitates their flights even before arriving at the airport, with a central transportation station linked to Dubai.

Al Maktoum expressed his confidence that Dubai will be the world’s airport, its port, its urban hub, and its new global center.

“We are building a new project for future generations, ensuring continuous and stable development for our children and their children in turn,” he added.

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