Dubai’s $35bn plan for the Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai’s $35bn plan for the Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai has approved a USD $35 billion plan to construct a new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, which will make it the biggest airport in the world. 

The plan was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE, who stated that the new terminal will have the world’s largest capacity, reaching up to 260 million passengers.

The airport will be located in Dubai South, at the southern end of the UAE’s commercial capital, where property and logistics development is already underway. A new city will be built around the airport, which Dubai said will create demand for housing for a million people.

The new passenger terminal will be five times bigger than Dubai’s current primary international airport and is set to cover 27 square miles when completed. 

The new airport will have 400 aircraft gates and five parallel runways, making it one of the most advanced airports in the world.

Dubai International Airport, the current primary international airport, will transfer all of its operations to Al Maktoum International in the coming years. 

The statement added that the new airport will employ new aviation technologies for the first time in the aviation sector.

The Al Maktoum International airport, also known as Dubai World Central, is part of a 140km2 multiphase development of six clustered zones, including the Dubai Logistics City (DLC), Commercial City, Residential City, Aviation City, and Golf City. 

The “first phase” of the project is expected to be ready within 10 years and will be able to accommodate 150 million passengers annually.

Dubai’s D33 agenda aims to double the size of the city’s economy by 2033, drawing in more investment, talent, and economic diversification. The expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure with the new terminal is expected to play a significant role in achieving this goal.

According to Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports: “The announcement of phase two of Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport’s (DWC) expansion, representing a substantial investment of $35 billion, marks the start of a huge investment of resources by our many stakeholders in designing and building a state-of-the-art airport that will provide a quick, convenient, and high-quality 21st-century experience for our customers.”