Posted by Neil King
Dubai and the wider UAE will usher in a new era in aviation with the opening of Al Maktoum International Airport on Sunday (June 27th), it has been suggested.
An editorial by Gulf News notes that the airport will not only become the world's first and largest integrated aerospace cluster, but upon completion will also create the region's biggest sea-to-air logistics hub, together with the Jebel Ali Port and free zone next to the airport.
It said that when Dubai launched its existing international airport in 1960, it became the largest in the region, serving more than 40 million passengers annually.
The newspaper observed that Al Maktoum will top this considerably to become the world's biggest airport with a capacity of 160 million passengers upon completion.
"For a city with less than two million inhabitants, this might seem ambitious to some. But then, Dubai has mastered the art of turning ambitious dreams into reality," said Gulf News. "The construction of the Palm Islands and the world's tallest tower in record time are just two examples, among many."
The official opening of Al Maktoum for cargo business this weekend comes after tourism officials in Dubai pointed towards the growing number of visitors travelling to the emirate via major cruise liners earlier this week.