Dubai Airport became the busiest passenger hub in the world.
DXB is 6 km from the center of Dubai. It carries out flights to all the continents. Despite the huge number of check-in desks and staff, it looks like the whole Dubai, enchantingly, has three terminals, between which there is a shuttle service for transfer passengers. There are many duty-free shops with attractive prices, restaurants and cafes.
Dubai International (DXB) holds the title of the busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. In 2017, the airline for the first time in history had 88 million people, which is 5.5% more than in 2016, when DXB had near 84 million people.
A significant increase in the quantity showed Russia, with 28% more of passengers than in 2016 and China with 19.4% more passengers arrived in the UAE than in 2016.
This growth in figures was caused by the decision of the UAE government to grant visas to Russian and Chinese nationals upon arrival in the country.
Another reason was the increased interest in the real estate market of Dubai from investors in both countries.
Thailand showed a significant increase – by 15.2% in 2017.
The absolute record remains India with more than 12 million passengers coming to the UAE. The second place belongs to the United Kingdom with more than 6 million passengers and Saudi Arabia.
Six new companies joined the number of air carriers serviced by DXB, and local airlines Emirates and Flydubai added 3 and 10 destinations to their routes.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, declared: “In 2017 we not only achieved an increase in passenger traffic, but were able to surprise passengers with new services and innovative products.
Due to the reduction in waiting time, it became easier to navigate the airport. We have used modern technologies and technology for smart passenger registration with ID cards for UAE citizens among them. We began the work of WOW-Fi, the fastest in the world free Wi-Fi connection at the airport, and thanks to cooperation with ICFlix, DXB passengers now can watch free movies online. The Airshow in Dubai collected orders worth $ 113 billion”.
The passenger traffic is expected to reach more than 90 million people this year. It is planned focusing on the implementation of the DXB Plus program, created to increase the capacity of the air hub to 118 million passengers due to improvements and technical innovations.
Dubai Airport DXB also has one of the largest cargo terminals in the world, designed to handle up to 5 million tons of cargo per year and is constantly expanding. There is a flower processing center at Dubai International Airport, as the city is one of the largest transshipment bases for the import and export of flora gifts. For such products, special storage and transportation requirements are needed. After the Center is fully operational, it will provide a large number of automation and technological processes. The estimated capacity of the center is more than 300,000 tons of cargo per year.
Dubai Airport DXB has one of the largest and most popular duty-free shops in the world which was awarded more than 100 international awards. The assortment of the store, located on an area of about 15,000 square meters is wide. You can find the full range of popular brands of perfumes, cosmetics, clothes, jewelry, watches, alcohol, delicacies, etc.
At Duty Free of Dubai International Airport there is an opportunity to take part in lotteries, in which you can win a luxury gift – from an expensive car to $ 1 million.
There will be no problems at the airport with food – you can easily find more than 25 favorite fast foods, coffee houses and restaurants – from the McDonald’s network to the exquisite cuisine of the peoples of the world Le Matin Francois, Lebanese Bistro. And some airlines, for example, Emirates, will offer you food for free at the airport restaurant, if you expect your connecting flight about 4 hours.
If you need a hotel, you can rent a room in the five-star hotel Dubai International, which is located in the first and third terminals. The hotel offers 341 rooms of different categories. Here are provided sports clubs, swimming pools, saunas, business centers, restaurants.