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Dubai To Expand ‘AI Maktoum Airport’

to Become the
Largest in the World

Dubai South, the urban master developer, has set its sights on making the
Al Maktoum International Airport the largest airport globally upon its
completion. Recent reports from April suggest that Dubai is contemplating
a revival of its most significant construction endeavor, the expansion of the
Al Maktoum International Airport.

Initially launched in 2010 for cargo operations and later expanded to
accommodate passengers in 2013, this ambitious project holds a
staggering value of AED 120 billion ($33 billion). With aspirations to secure
its place as the world’s premier airport by 2050, the facility envisions
handling a staggering 255 million passengers annually. The first phase,
projected to wrap up by 2030, aims to elevate the airport’s capacity to a
remarkable 130 million passengers each year. Encompassing a sprawling
expanse of 56 square kilometers, the comprehensive undertaking promises
to redefine air travel in the region.

Conversations are presently in progress to rekindle this transformative
project, promising substantial economic uplift for Dubai. A surge in traveler
numbers, highlighted by Dubai International’s management of 66.1 million
passengers in 2022, has illuminated the path for expansive growth. The
current year anticipates approximately 78 million passengers to pass
through the airport, with a return to pre-pandemic activity levels anticipated
by 2024.

The journey of the Al Maktoum International Airport project experienced a
pause during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, meticulous
preparations are already underway to reignite its momentum. Of particular
note is the $2.7 billion substructure contract dedicated to Concourse 1 and
the West Terminal building. This pivotal phase encompasses an array of
vital components, including tunnels,

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