Dubai to Build World’s Largest Airport with 400 Terminal Gates

On Sunday, Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved a new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, valued at USD 34.85 billion. This terminal, set to become the world’s largest international airport, will have the capacity to handle up to 260 million passengers.

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Sheikh Mohammed mentioned that the Al Maktoum International Airport will be five times larger than Dubai International Airport, and all operations from the latter will gradually transition to Al Maktoum in the foreseeable future.

Here are five key points to note:

1. The Al Maktoum International Airport will possess the world’s largest capacity, accommodating 260 million passengers annually.

2. Within 10 years, all operations at Dubai International Airport will shift to the new multi-billion dollar project, which will be five times larger than the current airport.

3. The airport will include 400 aircraft gates and five parallel runways, introducing new aviation technologies to Dubai’s aviation sector.

4. Surrounding the airport in Dubai South, an entire city will be constructed, with the ambitious project also generating demand for housing for one million people.

5. The airport will host the world’s leading companies in the logistics and air transport sectors. The construction of the new terminal will require an investment of 128 billion AED (equivalent to 34.85 billion US Dollars or Rs 2.9 lakh crore).

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Emirates, said, “The initial phase of the project will be completed within a decade, with a capacity to serve 150 million passengers annually.”