New Dubai Airport – Status, Master Plan & Design

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), also known as Dubai World Central, is an operational international airport in Jebel Ali near Dubai in United Arab Emirates.

When fully complete in 2035, Dubai’s new airport at Al Maktoum International Airport with four terminals will accommodate 400 gates to handle up to 260 million passengers. It will be connected to the Dubai Metro network via a new metro line.

Current Status

In April 2024, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, approved a major expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport. It involves the construction of a new 128 billion AED (USD 35 billion) passenger terminal.

When fully ready in 2035, the airport is expected to be the largest in the world at roughly five times the size of the existing Dubai International Airport.

Master Plan & Design

Dubai’s new airport will be spread over more than 27 sq miles and feature five parallel runways. Four terminals will accommodate 400 gates enabling the facility to handle up to 260 million passengers and more than 13 million tons of cargo a year.

All operations at the operational Dubai International Airport will be transferred to the expanded Al Maktoum International Airport as the project progresses. Emirates airlines, currently based at Dubai International is scheduled to relocate to Al Maktoum International Airport by 2034.


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