Dubai Airports has confirmed that Al Maktoum International is now fully operational, with the news likely to boost international investment in the emirate.
The airport is the centrepiece of the AED121 billion Dubai World Central (DWC) complex, which is also home to a range of commercial and residential projects, as well as a major logistics hub.
Now, following on from several years construction work and a safety review by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Al Maktoum International has been declared ready to welcome its first passenger planes, with a number of carriers expected to start using the airport in the coming months as nearby Dubai International reaches capacity.
Announcing the good news, Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths explained that this latest development will serve to further enhance Dubai's status as a leading business and leisure travel destination.
"This is a significant development for Dubai World Central — Al Maktoum International, which we foresee as developing into a major regional hub for general aviation in the years to come," he said.
Dubai International is currently the busiest airport in the whole of the United Arab Emirates, handling around 47 million passengers a year.