A Proud History

When Dubai International (DXB) was officially inaugurated on September 30 1960, it comprised an 1,800-metre airstrip of compacted sand, an apron, a fire station and a small terminal building.


Over 50 years later DXB has evolved from a small airstrip , serving mainly as a refueling stop for a few airlines, into an international gateway for more than 125 airlines that is ranked among the world’s leading hubs for international passenger and freight traffic.

Passenger numbers surpassed 78 million in 2015 and will exceed 85 million in 2016

This tremendous progress is thanks to the vision of the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who understood the amazing potential of aviation and took the initiative to build the airport and promote an open skies policy. It is a vision that has been carried forward strongly by HH Sheikh Mohammed 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.