Posted by Ashley Waterman
Dubai International experienced significant growth in passenger numbers in 2009 and is on course to become the world's fastest growing major airport.
Passenger traffic last year grew by 9.2 per cent and a record 40.9 million people passed through the airport's doors. Figures from the Airports Council International revealed that just four of the world's major airports experienced growth in 2009.
It is thought that the advantages offered by Dubai in terms of infrastructure, tourist destinations and accessibility will contribute to the continued growth of the airport.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Airports, said: "This rapid growth strengthens our commitment to continue building Dubai into a world-class global aviation and logistics hub."
He added that with such significant growth being experienced during tough economic times "the sky is the limit for what we can achieve when conditions improve".
Predictions from Dubai Airports are for passenger traffic at Dubai International to increase 13.6 per cent in 2010. Developments in 2012 are also expected to increase to airports annual capacity from 60 million to 70 million travellers.
Dubai is currently holding its International Shopping Festival, a 32 day event which attracted 3.35 million visitors last year.