Airport is considered the Middle Easts
premier and busiest airport. In 2001, despite
the impact of global events, it registered a
10% growth in passengers throughput which totaled
13.5 million. The ACI traffic statistics have
ranked Dubai International Airport as one of
the fastest growing airport in the world.
the travel demands of the 21st century, the
Dubai Department of Civil Aviation commenced
a US$540 million expansion program in 1997 which
was completed with the opening of the Sheikh
Rashid Terminal in 2000. Dubai International
Airport at present has the capacity to handle
22 million passengers annually.
However, according to projections, 30 million
passengers are expected to use Dubai International
Airport by 2010. With these figures in mind,
the Department of Civil Aviation is set to begin
the 2nd phase of expansion costing US$ 2.5 bn
in the first quarter of 2002 to be completed
by 2006. This phase will include Terminal 3,
Concourse 2 and Concourse 3. (For details check
for Dubai International Airport 16 million
passengers register a 18% growth in 2002.