Many reasons to smile
By 2025, Dubai Airports is expecting to carry 143 million passengers through Dubai International and Al Maktoum International, which will help achieve the ambitions target of 25 million tourists annually by 2025 set by the Dubai Tourism Strategy to become one of the largest tourism destinations. Over 15.8 million people visited Dubai in 2017.
Dubai bagged the sixth position in the world in the latest global ranking of tourist destinations by Euromonitor International. The Top 100 City Destinations Ranking shows there are now more tourists visiting Dubai than many other places on earth.
Taking all parameters into account, it has been predicted that aviation will contribute US$88.1 billion or 45 per cent of Dubai GDP by 2030.
Last year, DXB was ranked the world’s third largest airport in terms of passenger traffic after Atlanta International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport. Dubai is catering for 66 passengers per head of population, which is higher than any other country and by 2025, it will have an airport system which is busier than the current day London, New York City or Tokyo.
There are many other reasons to cheer about. A record of sorts, Emirates Airlines has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft flying to 157 destinations, while flydubai boasts of a fleet of 62 aircraft serving 95 destinations.
Dubai’s success story is worth its salt among over 3,200 air traffic hubs that connect our world’s population centres.
The Dubai Airport connects 240 destinations around the world through 75 international airlines and is expected to serve 90.2 million passengers in 2018. The Airport Council International has revealed that the intercontinental connectivity of Dubai International is equivalent to that of the Top 3 European hubs – London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The extraordinary growth will continue - and even exceed - its tempo as we work towards realising the ambition of being the world’s first global hub.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum