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Dubai Unveils $35 Billion Plans for World’s Largest Airport

Dubai Unveils $35 Billion Plans for World's Largest Airport

Dubai has revealed ambitious plans to transform Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) into the world’s largest airport, with a projected capacity of 260 million passengers annually, surpassing Dubai International Airport (DXB) as the city’s primary air hub.

The $35 billion expansion aims to meet future air travel demands, with DWC set to feature five runways and new terminal facilities designed like traditional Bedouin tents. This transformation responds to the limitations faced by DXB due to surrounding residential areas and highways, hindering its expansion potential.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the project, envisioning DWC as a beacon of aviation innovation and a global transportation hub. The new airport will boast 400 gates across five terminals, covering an expansive 70 square kilometers in the desert, five times the area of the current international hub.

The expansion aligns with Dubai’s broader urban development plans, including a new city in the suburbs, positioning the emirate as a hub for logistics, air transport, and innovation. The move underscores Dubai’s commitment to sustainable, long-term development, catering to future generations and solidifying its status as a global leader in aviation and urban infrastructure.

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