Aviation is a major engine of Dubai’s economic development. The contribution of this sector to our economy is increasing and is expected to reach 35 per cent of Dubai’s GDP from the present about 30 per cent. In addition, the sector also generates significant employment opportunities.
As the economy of Dubai and UAE diversifies, the role of aviation will grow further.
There is a high growth in number of air passengers, expected to cross 7.2 billion by 2035 worldwide. The growth in UAE and Dubai has been higher than the global average. This year we are expecting the number of passengers at Dubai International to be higher than last year, which also brings us closer to achieving 90 million-mark in passenger numbers in 2017. We are already the world’s number one in terms of international passengers and time is not far when Dubai International will also be the world’s busiest airport in terms of total passengers.
All this growth brings with it great responsibility, challenges and opportunities.
We are highly grateful to our visionary leaders, who have always inspired us to excel and constantly motivate us.
The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai brought high motivation to all those working at the airports, encouraging them to give more than their best.
With this motivation, we are confident that our achievements will exceed our targets.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum