Dubai to spend $32bn on DWC airport expansion


By Staff

Dubai is to spend $32 billion expanding Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), making it the world’s largest airport and increasing its ultimate capacity by 25 percent to more than 200 million passengers a year when it is complete.

Dubai Airports announced on Monday that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had approved its plan to invest AED120 billion ($32 billion) expanding the emirate’s second airport.

Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC is expected to become the largest in the world and will be developed in two phases. Phase one will include two satellite buildings which will jointly be able to handle around 120 million passengers annually and accommodate up to 100 A380 superjumbos at any given time.

This first phase will take between six and eight years to complete and the project will cover an area of 56 square kilometres. It is anticipated the airport will ultimately be able to accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year when complete, a quarter more than the previous estimate of 160 million. More info