Dubai Airshow: Dubai emerges as global aviation hub


By Jorn Madslien, Business reporter, BBC News, Dubai Airshow

Bigger and better have long been buzzwords in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and nowhere more so than at the international airport where the Dubai Airshow is held this week.

Dubai Duty Free
Dubai Duty Free

Vast, glass-fronted terminal buildings are fronted by palm trees and manicured lawns, their facades punctuated by massive cranes that bring testimony to the continued expansion of capacity here.

The existing international airport, with its huge, air-conditioned terminal buildings, has proved that it is capable of processing a monthly throughput of between four and five million people.

In July, a record 4.7 million people travelled through the airport, marking a 9.7% rise over July 2010. Then, in September, Dubai Duty Free proudly declared that its sales had topped $1bn (£625m) since 1 January and could reach almost $1.5bn by the end of the year. More info and photos