While developing the new design of DWC, the clear goal is to design an airport environment that is simple, efficient, intuitive and customer-centric.
One where, despite the scale and size, connection times and average walking distances are kept to a minimum. One where cutting edge passenger-enabled technologies are embedded within optimised airport design and simplified processes. One in which departing passengers are separated from their baggage as early as possible, including off-airport locations, and arriving passengers are reunited with their baggage as conveniently as possible. One where connections are made quickly and easily.
At the same time, the design must be cost effective, use sustainable energy and materials and be scalable to deliver incremental capacity in line with growth via a modular approach. Moreover, it must be fully integrated with road, rail and metro.
The solution takes the form of a modular design consisting of adjacent triple plus-shaped concourses which optimise connectivity and passenger convenience. In order to accommodate the Emirates hub, the initial capacity of DWC Phase 2 will be 120 million passengers per year. The airport will consist of two concourses. Each of these concourses will comprise of three nodes, with a capacity for 20 million passengers and 100 contact stands, the majority of which will be A380-capable (Code F).