Dubai Airport Celebrates 50th Year

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Dubai Airport with its small terminal building when it was officially inaugurated on 30th September 1960.

Dubai Airport with its small terminal building when it was officially inaugurated on 30th September 1960.

After 50 years of growth from its humble beginnings in 1960 to a global aviation hub, Dubai International Airport has reached a historic milestone by recently celebrating its golden anniversary.

In 1959, Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum ordered the construction of Dubai Airport, which consisted of a 1,800 metre airstrip of compacted sand, an apron, a fire station and a small terminal building. The facility was officially inaugurated on September 30, 1960.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Gorup and Chairman of Dubai Airports, said:

“The 50th anniversary of Dubai International is an historic milestone that marks 5 glorious decades of growth and achievement.

“It is a vision that has been carried forward strongly by our leader [His Highness] Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and has effectively positioned Dubai at the heart of global aviation.”

Dubai International Airport has welcomed over 402 million passengers at an average annual growth rate of 15.5% and handled over 3.87 million aircraft at an average annual growth rate of 12.4%.

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