Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport, in a very short span of time, has grown from an airfield into an aviation hub. The development is the result of the far sighted visions of the late ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Today, not only is it one of the fastest growing airports in the world, it is also recognised as the aviation hub of the Middle East. It now stands at the threshold of being among the top 10 airports in the world.

Dubai International Airport was established in 1959 when the late Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ordered the construction of the first airfield. Located only 4 kilometres away from the city centre on a wide, level expanse of gravel and hard sand, the site was chosen not just for its proximity to town but also with future expansion in mind.

The initial airfield consisted of a 1,800 m compacted runway, an apron area, a small but adequate terminal building and a fire station. Opened in 1960, the new airport was capable of handling aircraft up to the size of a DC-3.

From 9 airlines serving some 20 destinations in 1969, Dubai International Airport has grown to accommodate 107 airlines connecting to over 160 destinations in 2004.

Anticipating the travel demands of the 21st century, the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation had launched a US$540 million expansion programme in 1997 which was designed to turn Dubai International Airport into an even more user-friendly and efficient airport. This phase of expansion culminated with the opening of Sheikh Rashid Terminal in April 2000.


Dubai International Airport P.O. Box 2525
United Arab Emirates

Contact Info
+ 9714 2162525

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