Dubai International Airport became the 13th busiest airport in the world in 2010, according to Airports Council International (ACI) figures.
The ACI said that the number of passengers handled by Dubai airport reached 47.18 million last year.
This represents an increase of 15.4 per cent, the ACI confirmed.
"2010 underscored the resilience of the air transport business and resulted in over five billion annual passengers for the first time ever. 2010 also pronounced the shift and divergence in growth across the regions," commented Angela Gittens, director-general of ACI World.
"While North America and Europe have struggled to reach pre-crisis passenger volumes, Asia-Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean and Middle East sustained a strong momentum and gained market share through double-digit growth."
In 2009, the Asia-Pacific region overtook North America as the largest aviation.
And by 2014, it is estimated that Asia will account for 30 per cent of global traffic while North America will fall to 23 per cent.