Dubai to Build Mega-Airport: Al Maktoum International Sets for Massive Expansion

Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport expansion (AED 128 Billion Project)- to become the World's Largest Airport.

Dubai's Al Maktoum International Set for massive expansion
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Dubai has announced His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved plans to construct the world’s largest airport at Al Maktoum International Airport.

This colossal project, estimated at a cost of AED 128 billion, signifies a major step forward in Dubai’s aviation strategy spearheaded by the Dubai Aviation Corporation.

Key Details of the New Al Maktoum Int’l Airport:

  • Unprecedented Scale & Capacity: The massive project encompasses a total area of 70 square kilometers. The new airport will handle up to 260 million passengers annually, making it five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport. Additionally, it will be equipped to handle a massive 12 million tonnes of cargo annually. 
  • Phased Transition: All operations at Dubai International Airport are expected to be transferred to the new Al Maktoum International Airport within 10 years.
  • Advanced Infrastructure: The airport will feature 400 aircraft gates and five parallel runways, incorporating cutting-edge aviation technologies for enhanced efficiency.
  • Logistics and Urban Development: The project includes plans to develop a city around the airport in Dubai South, catering to a projected population of one million and attracting leading logistics and air transport companies.
Dubai to Build Mega-Airport: Al Maktoum International Sets for Massive Expansion

Sustainability at the Forefront

The official statement emphasises Dubai’s commitment to sustainability throughout the project.


Al Maktoum International Airport is designed to minimise its environmental impact, aligning with the UAE’s vision for a sustainable future.

Details mention leveraging local resources and climatic conditions to achieve exemplary efficiency and attain a LEED Gold Certification, a globally recognised symbol of green building practices.