If any place on earth has the X-factor, surely it is Dubai, which has grown from a small trading post in the Gulf to one of the world’s most successful aviation hubs in less than 30 years.
For years, Dubai has arguably led the way for aviation growth in the Middle East, and with Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) set to open to passenger flights in October, its phenomenal growth over the last decade shows no sign of slowing down.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) has seen record growth in passenger and cargo figures year-on-year.
Indeed, passenger traffic hit 32.6 million in the first half of 2013, making it the busiest six months in the airport’s history, and air cargo volumes rose 10.2% to 1,196,894 tonnes during the same period.
As a result, plans are afoot to increase DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers per annum by 2018.
I caught up with Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths, to find out more.