International Airport is considered the Middle Easts
premier and busiest airport. In 2001, despite the impact
of global events, it registered a 10% growth in passengers
throughput which totaled 13.5 million. The ACI traffic
statistics have ranked Dubai International Airport as
one of the fastest growing airport in the world.
the travel demands of the 21st century, the Dubai Department
of Civil Aviation commenced a US$540 million expansion
program in 1997 which was completed with the opening of
the Sheikh Rashid Terminal in 2000. Dubai International
Airport at present has the capacity to handle 22 million
However, according to projections, 30 million passengers
are expected to use Dubai International Airport by 2010.
With these figures in mind, the Department of Civil Aviation
is set to begin the 2nd phase of expansion costing US$
2.5 bn in the first quarter of 2002 to be completed by
2006. This phase will include Terminal 3, Concourse 2
and Concourse 3. (For details check Future Plan).
growth for Dubai International Airport 16 million
passengers register a 18% growth in 2002