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