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Dubai: All activities at Dubai International Airport will move to Al Maktoum.

Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport to Take Over Operations from Dubai International

In a significant move, operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB) will gradually shift to Al Maktoum International Airport (AMI) over the next few years. This transition comes as part of a massive expansion project, highlighted by the recent announcement of a new Dh128-billion passenger terminal at AMI. The aim is to bolster passenger capacity to a staggering 260 million annually, effectively absorbing DXB’s operations within a decade.


Future Home for Emirates Airline

Emirates Airline, a prominent Dubai-based carrier, has dubbed AMI its “future home,” underscoring the airport’s importance in the region’s aviation landscape. With plans for extensive development, AMI is poised to be five times larger than DXB, covering a sprawling 70 square kilometers upon completion. The airport will boast five parallel runways and five passenger terminals, accommodating over 400 aircraft gates.


A Visionary Plan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, envisions AMI as the world’s largest airport, integrating cutting-edge aviation technologies for enhanced efficiency. The ambitious project extends beyond aviation, with plans to build a comprehensive city around the airport in Dubai South. This development is expected to cater to the needs of a million residents and serve as a hub for leading companies in logistics and air transport.

Dubai All activities at Dubai International Airport will move to Al Maktoum

Phase-wise Development

The project will unfold in phases, with the first phase slated for completion within a decade, capable of handling 150 million passengers annually. Notable features include multiple runways, passenger terminals, satellite concourses, and an advanced transport hub. These upgrades aim to accommodate anticipated growth in Dubai’s aviation sector for the next 40 years.


Economic Impacts

Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, anticipates significant economic benefits from AMI, including job creation and residential demand in Dubai South. Furthermore, the airport’s operations will contribute to mitigating environmental emissions, aligning with sustainability goals.



The transformation of AMI into a global aviation hub represents a pivotal milestone for Dubai’s ambitious growth plans. With state-of-the-art infrastructure and strategic planning, the airport aims to redefine air travel and drive economic prosperity in the region.