Dubai doesn’t seem content with housing the world’s tallest building and fountain. Now, the fast developing nation will also boast of the world’s largest airport! At ten times the size of Dubai’s existing airport, Al Maktoum International airport is set to be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub.
With five runways, the massive Al Maktoum International is capable of handling 160 million passengers annually and is expected to considerably ease the burden on Dubai International when it opens to passenger traffic in 2011. Living up to its title, Phase 1 of the largest airport in the world, will feature one A380 capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate five million passengers per year.
The emirate joined an elite group of two-airport cities on Sunday (June, 27th) when Dubai Airports officially opened DWC for cargo operations welcoming inaugural flights operated by Rus Aviation, Skyline and Aerospace Consortium. This is an important milestone, not only for the airport’s certification process, but as another step towards achieving Dubai’s vision to become the pre-eminent centre for aviation worldwide, said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
The airport is part of a $33 billion Dubai World Central (DWC) project that will take Dubai’s reputation for a transport hub to a whole different level. The master plan includes six interrelated developments; the world’s largest airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai Logistics City, DWC Aviation City, DWC Residential City, DWC Commercial City and DWC Golf City.