[101] The building, which follows the characteristic shape of Concourse B, 924 m (3,031 ft) long, 91 m (299 ft) wide and 40 m (130 ft) high in the centre from the apron level and accommodates 20 air bridge gates, of which all are capable of handling the Airbus A380-800. The airport south of Dubai is potentially the largest airport in the world, but is not nearly finished. Al Maktoum International Airport is Dubai’s second airport not to be mistaken with Dubai International Airport, the primary airport serving the country. Dubai's Emirates airline will move its base from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum International airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) by 2025, a top government official said. [76], The original master plan for the existing airport initially involved a dual-terminal and one runway configuration over two phases with provisions for another two passenger terminals in the near future. Services run between 6 am and 11 pm every day except Friday, when they run between 1 pm and midnight. Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport is a major air transport facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Built south of the city, close to the fast growing areas of “new Dubai”, DWC lies at the heart of an entire airport city. Airlines operating from the terminal are expected to maintain a lounge. The airport is expected to be able to accommodate up to 160 million passengers. Check our live COVID-19 map for United Arab Emirates travel restrictions, and to find out if you'll need to quarantine on arrival.We try to be as accurate as possible, but things can change fast. [17], Passenger numbers in the first half of 2016 totalled 410,278, up from 209,989 in the first half of 2015. [12] Terminal 3 is the second-largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. Check-in counters have increased to 37. [189] A senior Dubai judge was quoted on 11 February 2008, by Seven Days saying, "These laws help discourage anyone from carrying or using drugs. The building includes a multi level underground structure, first and business class lounges, restaurants, 180 check-in counters and 2,600 car-parking spaces. With the changes made, the airport does not expect embarking and disembarking passengers and baggage from the A380 to take longer than it does for Boeing 747-400s, which carry fewer passengers. Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW), also known as Dubai World Central, is an international airport in Jebel Ali, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southwest of Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. Dubai Duty Free recorded more than 23.5 million transactions in 2012. One station was built at Terminal 1 and the other at Terminal 3. The penalty is a minimum four years if it is for personal use. Al Maktoum International Airport sits 23 miles (37 kilometres) southwest of Dubai. Pre-screening takes place in all terminals at the entrance of the airport. There is also a 300-room hotel and health club including both five and four star rooms. [82], Planning begun for further expansion of Dubai Airport, with the construction of Terminal 4, it was revealed on the day Emirates completed its phased operations at the new Terminal 3, on 14 November 2008. DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DXB) remains the city’s main aviation hub, but the other airport serving the region, Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), is expected to far eclipse Dubai International in the coming years.Still under construction and gaining capacity, Al Maktoum first opened for commercial flights in 2013. US$225 million VIP Pavilion for the Dubai Royal Wing opens in July. The Terminal was originally built to handle 18 million passengers; however, with extreme congestion at the terminal, the airport was forced to expand the terminal to accommodate the opening of 28 remote gates. The 4,500 m × 60 m (14,800 ft × 200 ft) runway was completed in 600 days and subsequently underwent tests over the following six to eight months in order to fulfil its CAT III-C requirements. Terminal 2 capacity increased to 10 million after expansion completed. Dubai expects an exponential rise in passenger traffic over its skies, with the presumption that it will become the primary air hub for transiting travelers from the Asia–Pacific Region, South Asia, Greater Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Australia (for the Kangaroo route: Australia to Britain and back). The Department of Civil Aviation spent $120 million in upgrading both of its terminals and airport infrastructure, including enlarged gate holdrooms, new finger piers, an enlarged runway, new airbridges and extended baggage belt carousels from the normal 70 to 90 m (230 to 300 ft). 9 October 2018 | By International Airport Review. 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[205][206] The series returned for a second season in 2014 and a third in 2015. If completed as planned, the airport will have an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tonnes (12,000,000 long tons; 13,000,000 short tons), and a passenger capacity of 160 to 260 million people per year. [188] Terminal 3 has a left luggage facility operated by Emirates in the Arrivals area where layover passengers can leave their luggage for a fee while they go sightseeing. Al Maktoum International is easily accessible from all three of Dubai’s main, multi-lane arterial roads, including Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) as well as Emirates Road (E611), with well-developed access roads leading to the airport. Qantas would be the second and only one of two airlines to fly in and out of Terminal 3. Emirates Airlines has over 2000 Airport Services employees current serving the airport. Then, in the early 2000s (decade) a new master plan was introduced which began the development of the current concourses and terminal infrastructure. The terminal offers more than double the previous retail area of concourse C, by adding about 4,800 m2 (52,000 sq ft) and Concourse B's 10,700 m2 (115,000 sq ft) of shopping facilities. [116] The flower centre's first phase was completed in 2004 at a cost of $50 million. As of January 2016, there are over 7,700 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 270 destinations across all inhabited continents. This upgrade will boost safety, service and capacity levels at DXB. Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International as well as Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. In 2013, Dubai Airports announced a major renovation for Terminal 1 and Concourse C. The renovations include upgraded baggage systems, replacement of check-in desks and a more spacious departure hall. The First class lounge has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and a total area of 12,600 m2 (136,000 sq ft). $540 million phase 1 launched. The Emirates hub is the largest airline hub in the Middle East; Emirates handles 51% of all passenger traffic and accounts for approximately 42% of all aircraft movements at the airport. [108], The total retail area at the concourse is 120,000 m2 (1,300,000 sq ft), which also includes 18 restaurants within the food court. Learn more; Our hotel is only 5 minutes from Al Maktoum International Airport as well as Dubai Logistics City Each of these is capable of housing A380 aircraft. The boarding area is more spacious, with more natural light. Al Maktoum International Airport, located in Jebel Ali, 37 kilometres southwest of Dubai, opened in June 2010, and has attracted only a few global commercial airlines so far. The Department of Civil Aviation has said that Terminal 2 will be continuously upgraded and expanded to bring the total capacity of the airport from the initial 75 million passengers to 80 million passenger capacity by 2012.[35]. With a capacity of 15 million, it would bring the total capacity of the airport to 90 million passengers by 2018—an increase of 15 million. [14] The airport officially opened for passenger flights on 26 October 2013 with Nas Air and Wizz Air as the two carriers to operate from the airport. Al Maktoum International is located in United Arab Emirates, using iata code DWC, and icao … The hold rooms themselves have been enlarged to cater for the larger number of passengers flying the A380s. In this paper, the author is will critically review this important fixture of global trade in Dubai. [1] The first flight into the airport occurred on 20 June 2010, when an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F landed after a flight from Hong Kong. [30], Dubai Airport has three passenger terminals. [13] The first passenger aircraft touched down on 28 February 2011, an Airbus A319CJ. Check Al Maktoum International Airport flight status and book the … [111], Concourse C, is a part of Terminal 3, was opened in 2000 and used to be the largest concourse at Dubai International Airport before Concourse B in Terminal 3 opened. A new building was also constructed to house the Airport Maintenance Engineer, Electronics Engineering section, and Stores unit. Extensive upgrading work on existing retail areas since 2004 in Terminals 1 and 2 has increased sales. They have to make use of Taxi service or public transport available outside. These included the building of 29 gates capable of handling the large aircraft, five of which are in Terminal 3 and two are in Terminal 1. [86] On 6 February 2016, members of the public were invited to trial the concourse in preparation for its opening. By 1969, the airport was served by 9 airlines serving some 20 destinations. [94][95] It has been operational since 14 October 2008, and opened in four phases to avoid collapse of baggage handling and other IT systems. [22] Three turning-areas, an apron and small terminal completed the airport that was constructed by Costain. Just one year later, Dubai Airport commenced operations. From Deira, the road progresses south-eastward towards Dubai International Airport, intersecting with E 311 (Emirates Road) past the airport. New LED lighting replaced the old tungsten runway lights and new taxiways were constructed enabling an increase in runway capacity. It also contains a hotel, business center, health club, exchanges, dining and entertainment facilities, internet services, medical centre, post office and a prayer room. With the arrival of the Airbus A380, the airport made modifications costing $230 million. On 20 December 2018 the airport celebrated its one billionth passenger. Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Rome2rio makes travelling from Dubai Al Maktoum Intl Airport (DWC) to Sharjah easy. Airport (DXB/OMDB)", UAE: Dubai Airport targets 25 million passengers by year end. [47] In 2010 there were 47,213 customers, 13,162 movements and in 2009, there were a total of 43,968 customers and 14,896 movements. [181], Services include cargo ramp and technical support services to airlines at Dubai Airport. With the expansion of the Airport Fire Services, it was necessary to find more suitable accommodation, and a hangar style building was made available to them at the end of 1976. [14][15] Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier flydubai which handles 13% of passenger traffic and 25% of aircraft movements at DXB. The concourse is 945 m (3,100 ft) long, 90.8 m (298 ft) wide (at midpoint) and 49.5 m (162 ft) high. [30] [79], The 87-metre-tall (285 ft) airport traffic control tower (ATCT) was constructed as part of phase two of the then[clarification needed]-development plan. [citation needed] The ramp area of the terminal can accommodate up to 22 small-sized private jets, between 8 and 12 medium-sized jets or up to four large-sized jets such as a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), the Boeing 727 or the Airbus A319. [dubious – discuss] This would make it the largest airport in the world in both physical size and passenger volume.[19][20]. These timings differ during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. [96], In arrivals, the terminal contains 72 immigration counters and 14 baggage carousels. The airport is connected by the road D 89. [1][20], The history of civil aviation in Dubai started in July 1937 when an air agreement was signed for a flying boat base for the aircraft of Imperial Airways with the rental of the base at about 440 rupees per month—this included the guards' wages. The airport will consist of a number of terminals, five runways, a larg… [25], The advent of wide-body aircraft required further airport development in the 1970s, which had already been foreseen by the Ruler of Dubai, and plans for a new Terminal, runways, and taxiways capable of coping with international flights were drawn up. Doha followed it with 2,355,959. This type of scanning prevents those deported from the UAE for serious criminal charges from returning again using fraudulent documents (UAE nationals are exempt from iris scans). [1] It is the main part of Dubai South, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex. The centre also has its own immigration and customs sections, its own Dubai Duty Free outlet, a fully equipped business and conference centre, eight luxury private lounges and a limousine service between aircraft and the terminal. It also will see Emirates take over the operation at Concourse C, along with concourse A and B which it will already be operating. Smartworld successfully completed the implementation of IT Systems for Al Maktoum International Airport. Construction for the second phase would commence immediately after the completion of Phase 1 and include the second runway, 50 new aircraft parking bays in addition to the existing 70 bays, a second fire station and a third cargo agent building. It is used by over 100 airlines and is connected to Concourse D by an automated people mover. The message is clear—drugs will not be tolerated". The Marhaba lounge, the smallest lounge at the concourse has a capacity of 300 passengers at a time. There are a total of 43 remote stands at the terminal. In 2013 Dubai Airports announced an 80-day runway refurbishment program which started on 1 May 2014 and was completed on 21 July 2014. The planned location originally was Jebel Ali. This runway, located 360 m (1,180 ft) north of the existing runway and parallel to it and is equipped with the latest meteorological, airfield lighting and instrument landing systems to give the airport a Category II classification. In addition, the Dubai Flower Centre opened in 2005 as part of the development. [citation needed] The total cost of the airport has been estimated by the Dubai government to be $82 billion. Taxiways were strengthened. Most of them were released some days later and those who were not local were then deported from Dubai. Previous working names for the airport complex have included "Jebel Ali International Airport", "Jebel Ali Airport City", and "Dubai World Central International Airport". [189] A number of travellers have been held pending charge while Dubai authorities test their possessions, blood and urine for any trace of contraband. Dubai World Central Airport, also known as Al Maktoum International, is Dubai’s 2nd-largest airport. Rome2rio is a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world. [123], With Dubai-based Emirates being one of the launch customers for the Airbus A380 and also the largest customer, Dubai Airport needed to expand its existing facilities to accommodate the very large aircraft. [5][clarification needed] It will cover an area of 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres). [11], Al Maktoum International Airport opened on 27 June 2010 with one runway and only cargo flights. The total amount of retail space at the concourse is 11,000 m2 (120,000 sq ft), and there is also a total of 14 cafes and restaurants. Visit DWC airport website Driving directions . The airport has a projected annual capacity of 12 million tonnes (12,000,000 long tons; 13,000,000 short tons) of freight and between 160 million[6] and 260 million passengers. The gap between the centrelines of the two runways is 385 m (1,263 ft). Al Maktoum International Airport will be the largest airport in the world anchoring the new residential-commercial-logistics development Dubai World Central. The stations are located in front of both terminals and can be accessed directly from the arrivals areas. The Civil Aviation Authority of Dubai manages the overall safety and security of the airport. A new 28 m (92 ft) control tower was also constructed. Terminal 1 has a capacity of 15 million passengers. Terminals 1 and 3 are directly connected with a common transit area, with airside passengers being able to move freely between the terminals without going through immigration, while Terminal 2 is on the opposite side of the airport. Smartworld, the leading systems integrator and smart solutions provider, completed a Wide CNE/SCN/WDN & SD PROJECT for Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA). [citation needed] The Empire Flying Boats also started operating once a week flying east to Karachi and west to Southampton, England. Most of the staff employed at construction sites across the country are foreign short-term workers from neighboring Arab states and Southeast Asia. Dubai Airport also invested $3.5 billion into a new Concourse A, exclusively for handling Emirates A380s. The gates in Terminal 2 were changed and are now numbered F1 to F6. The documentary focused on the everyday operations of the airport. [88] Terminal 2 built in 1998 has an area of 47,000 m2 (510,000 sq ft) and has a capacity of 10 million as of 2013, after several, decent reconstructions and a major expansion in 2012 which saw capacity double. Emirates now operates from Concourse A, Terminal 3 and Terminal 1. Concourse A is connected to the terminal via a Terminal 3 APM. Dubai Airport’s fist runway was made of compacted sand. Emirates Engineering currently provides full support for the Emirates Airline fleet and all the other international operations at the airport.[183]. The entire facility (with the exception of the offices) will be maintained at an ambient temperature of just 2 to 4 °C (36 to 39 °F).[118]. [90], Terminal 2 has undergone a major refurbishment recently, extending check-in and boarding facilities, changing the interior and exterior décor, and offering more dining choices to passengers. [needs update][9], The project was originally expected to be fully operational by 2017, although the 2007–2012 global financial crisis subsequently postponed the completion of the complex to 2027. The building currently includes a multi-level structure for departures and arrivals and includes 32 gates, labelled B1–B32. Trains run around every ten minutes from Terminals 1 and 3, with services starting at 05:50 (05:30 on Thursday) and finishing at midnight (01:00 on Thursday and Friday). DWC started its first phase of operation when DWC-Al Maktoum International Airport opened for cargo operations in June 2010. The installation of the lighting system continued after the official opening and was completed in August of that year. Concourse D opened on 24 February 2016 for all international airlines and moved out of the Terminal 1. Also after early 2016 when the construction of Concourse D was done, there is now an automated people mover between concourse D and Terminal 1.[81]. During the 1980s, Dubai was a stopping point for airlines such as Air India, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and others traveling between Asia and Europe that needed a refueling point in the Persian Gulf. [15], In the first quarter of 2014, 102,000 passengers went through the airport. All remaining airlines will shift to Concourse D, or move to Al Maktoum International Airport. It is spread over an area of 520,000 m2 (5,600,000 sq ft) and offers 221 check-in counters. Furthermore, each runway would have extended asphalted pathways on either side which would allow aircraft to by-pass other runways and taxiways without disturbing aircraft movements of these runways and taxiways. The area was chosen near to Dubai, to attract passengers from the city of Dubai, rather than travel to the busier Sharjah International Airport. An expansion of Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport has been delayed by a year until 2018, the airport’s operator said yesterday. The terminal has now increased the number of facilities available to passengers. Dubai Buses operated by RTA run a number of routes to the city, but mainly Deira, and are available at the Airport Ground Transportation centre and the Arrivals at every terminal. According to Emirates, the flight was an "unmitigated success". [194][citation needed]. [9], During the first phase of the project, the airport is planned to handle around 200,000 t (200,000 long tons; 220,000 short tons) of cargo per year, with the possibility of increasing to 800,000 t (790,000 long tons; 880,000 short tons). This will be done during a 45-day period from 16 April 2019 to 30 May 2019. Plans were put in place to construct the first stage of the cargo mega terminal, which by 2018 will have the ability to handle three million tons of freight. Also as part of the expansion, the airport is now able to handle at least 75 million (an increase of 19 million) passengers per annum with the opening of Concourse 3, which is part of Terminal 3. Passenger operations will begin e in 2012 and the airport is scheduled for completion in 2020. 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