Surprising us all
In 1968, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the world’s youngest defence minister, years before the UAE came into being as a federation. Then, six years later, a committee with him as its head was formed to manage the Dubai Airport and developing the emirate as an international aviation hub. He decided to continue to adopt the Open Skies policy to pursue his dreams of making Dubai what it is now – a world class, all-encompassing destination.
Since then, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been regularly visiting the ever-expanding airport, thereby reiterating the importance of civil aviation to Dubai’s economy and development. Recently, he took time off to visit the iconic airport to personally review the pace of progress ahead of it handling the busiest summer and Eid rush - it was set to welcome more than one million travellers in just four days in July. Passenger figures at DXB and DWC are set to increase to 124 million by 2023.
He urged the staff to “raise the bar” in welcoming travellers and simplifying procedures for people flying in and out. The passenger numbers are set for growth as Emirates and flydubai have forged closer ties with a codeshare agreement. Closer cooperation between the two airlines will boost the airport’s business. This year the airport projects growth of 90.3 million passengers. Dubai now connects more than 240 destinations across six continents with more than 100 airlines.
Sheikh Mohamed began his tour with the Departures Hall at Concourse 3 where he stopped at Emirate’s check-in counters, baggage screening facilities and passport counters. He interacted with passport officers, urging them to extend warm welcome to travellers. His regular visits and tours of the airport represent a stimulus for all personnel and staff to provide best-in-class services for everyone and come up with innovative ideas that turn travel memories about Dubai more vivid and indelible. He had rightly remarked that the world remembers only the Number 1 and we are striving towards being Numero Uno.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum