Growing bigger‭ ‬and better


I am delighted that Dubai‭, ‬with each passing‭ ‬year‭, ‬has seen the aviation industry gaining strength and expanding‭.‬

The‭ ‬aviation industry in Dubai has remained in the midst‭ ‬of spectacular growth in line with the Dubai government’s‭ ‬vision of increasing the GDP contribution of aviation to 32‭ ‬per cent by 2020‭ ‬and transforming Dubai into the global‭ ‬aviation hub‭.‬

The‭ ‬emirate became the home to the world’s busiest airport for international passengers in 2015‭.‬

Dubai‭ ‬International‭ ‬retained its position as the world’s number one airport‭ ‬for international passengers for the fourth consecutive year with annual‭ ‬traffic for the year 2017‭ ‬reaching 88.2‭ ‬million passengers‭, ‬up‭ ‬5.5‭ ‬per cent compared to 83,654,250‭ ‬passengers recorded during 2016‭. ‬

Dubai’s‭ ‬success stems from a clear vision‭, ‬careful planning‭, ‬and collaborative execution‭. ‬It is no accident that we are‭ ‬a global aviation hub today‭. ‬It has taken us years‭ ‬to build up the critical competencies and infrastructure that we‭ ‬have today‭, ‬and we now have a solid base on‭ ‬which to further develop‭.‬

We‭ ‬are not resting on our‭ ‬laurels‭, ‬but working to earn more global recognition‭. ‬The emirate‭ ‬is constructing what has been billed as the world’s‭ ‬biggest aerotropolis‭. ‬Situated on a 140‭ ‬square kilometer site to‭ ‬the south of Dubai‭, ‬DWC‭, ‬on full completion‭, ‬will be‭ ‬10‭ ‬times larger than the site of Dubai International‭. ‬Our‭ ‬airports growth projections are 126‭ ‬million passengers by 2020‭ ‬and‭ ‬200‭ ‬million by 2030‭.‬

As‭ ‬the world is increasingly becoming‭ ‬mobile and more and more people are taking to air‭ ‬travel every year‭, ‬Dubai is emerging as the global aviation‭ ‬hub offering unparalleled connectivity options‭, ‬newer and larger aircraft and‭ ‬travel-related services‭. ‬Over the years‭, ‬our strategy and investments‭ ‬are helping drive impressive growth both on the grounds and‭ ‬in the air‭. ‬

Our‭ ‬airports are expanding to offer spectacular‭ ‬capacity and services‭  ‬to the travelling public and the airlines‭ ‬operating to and from‭  ‬Dubai‭. ‬We are working on‭ ‬an ambitious roadmap to boost aviation growth in the emirate‭ ‬to not just meet the requirements of Expo 2020‭ ‬but‭ ‬go beyond further‭. ‬The aviation sector’s contribution to Dubai’s GDP is expected to rise to 32‭ ‬per cent‭ ‬to reach up to AED165‭ ‬billion by 2020‭.‬

I‭ ‬expect‭ ‬to see more growth and recognition for Dubai in 2018‭. ‬‭ ‬









   Ahmed bin saeed al maktoum

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum