Dubai to Construct World’s Largest Airport at Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai announces plans to construct the world’s largest airport at Al Maktoum International, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. With a AED128 billion investment, the new terminal will be 5 times the size the current size of DXB airport, marking a significant milestone in aviation infrastructure development.

It aims to accommodate up to 260 million passengers, redefining global aviation through innovative infrastructure and sustainability. This project strengthens Dubai’s status as a leading global hub, boosting its economy and aviation sector.

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Dubai’s Aviation Milestone

In a significant development, construction has commenced for the new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, marking a pivotal phase in Dubai Aviation Corporation’s ambitious expansion plan. With an investment of AED128 billion, this project aims at setting a new benchmark for global aviation infrastructure.

Project Highlights

  • Estimated cost of AED128 billion for the new passenger terminal.
  • Al Maktoum International Airport’s capacity is projected to reach up to 260 million passengers, making it the world’s largest airport.
  • The airport is to accommodate 400 aircraft gates across five parallel runways, integrating ground-breaking aviation technologies.

Sheikh Mohammed said, “Today, we approved the designs for the new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, and commencing construction of the building at a cost of AED128 billion as part of Dubai Aviation Corporation’s strategy.

“Al Maktoum International Airport will enjoy the world’s largest capacity, reaching up to 260 million passengers. 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. The airport will accommodate 400 aircraft gates and feature five parallel runways. New aviation technologies will be employed for the first time in the aviation sector,” he said.

“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,” His Highness added. “We are building a new project for future generations, ensuring continuous and stable development for our children and their children in turn. Dubai will be the world’s airport, its port, its urban hub, and its new global centre.”

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Envisioning the Future of Global Aviation

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with key dignitaries, reviewed the ambitious master plan that envisions Al Maktoum International Airport as not just an airport, but a global hub encompassing Dubai South. This city within a city aims to serve as a home for a million residents and a workspace for the world’s leading logistics and air transport companies.

Comprehensive Development

  • Dubai South, surrounding the airport, will cater to one million residents.
  • The airport city will be a nexus for logistics and air transport industries worldwide.

A Global Hub in the Making

Sheikh Mohammed emphasized that this project is not just for the current generation but is a legacy for future ones, solidifying Dubai’s position as a global center for aviation, trade, and urban development. Joined by prominent figures of Dubai’s leadership, this event highlighted the collaborative vision driving this monumental project.

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Strategic Planning and Environmental Sustainability

Officials unveiled that the Al Maktoum International Airport would epitomize environmental stewardship alongside technological advancement, aiming for LEED Gold Certification. This holistic approach to development underscores the UAE’s commitment to sustainability.

Sustainability Goals

  • Targeting LEED Gold Certification for sustainable construction and operation.
  • Reducing environmental emissions in alignment with the UAE’s sustainability vision.

: 5 Times the Size of DXB Airport

Economic Impact and Innovations

The project is heralded as a catalyst for Dubai’s economy, anticipating to generate significant employment and accommodate the residential needs of over a million people in Dubai South. A testament to Dubai’s ingenuity, the new airport is expected to redefine the passenger experience through innovative technologies and connectivity.

Innovative Design

  • A cutting-edge design featuring five parallel runways and seamless passenger mobility systems.
  • A focus on sustainability and reduced carbon footprint through efficient public transportation integration.

Photos: Al Maktoum International Airport

Here are images as shared by Dubai Media Office about the new airport:


Video: Al Maktoum International Airport

Check out this video clip as shared on the official X account of HH Sheikh Mohammed:

Concluding, the Al Maktoum International Airport is set to become a world-class hub, blending capacity, technology, and sustainability, while significantly contributing to Dubai’s economic and developmental aspirations.