The ambitious US$540 million expansion
programme at the
Dubai International Airport, initiated by the Dubai Department
of Civil Aviation in 1998, has resulted in the completion and
opening of the spectacular new Sheikh Rashid Terminal. The
futuristic 118,000 square metre concourse, 800 metres in
length and comprising five levels, has been designed to meet
the expanding needs of travellers and airlines well into the
In addition to the 27 boarding gates, 47 aerobridges, a new
runway and an 84m high control tower equipped with
state-of-the-art landing systems, the Sheikh Rashid Terminal
blends technology with a very human understanding of passenger
and airline needs.
The terminal boasts a 100-room hotel on the upper two
levels, offering premium accommodation, restaurants, health
spa and swimming pool, as well as a fully-equipped business
and conference centre. Cafes, bars, snack bars and restaurants
are located throughout the length of the new concourse for the
convenience and enjoyment of travellers.
At the centre of the Sheikh Rashid Terminal is the
state-of-the-art Dubai Duty Free shopping complex which offers
unparalleled shopping pleasure 24 hours a day.
The opening of the Sheikh Rashid Terminal marks the
completion of the second phase of development at Dubai
International Airport, following the opening in 1997 of
Terminal 2. Covering a total area of 12,000 square metres,
Terminal 2 has the capacity to process 500 arriving and 1,000
departing passengers per hour - 2.5 million per year. The
terminal also includes 1,300 square metres of duty free
shopping, a duty free bulk purchasing service desk, first and
business class lounges, banking facilities, ATM machines, food
outlets and a computerised tourist information booth.
In addition to the many scheduled flights using Terminal 2,
the spacious and passenger-friendly terminal also caters for
charter, executive and special interest flights, such as those
of Haj pilgrims.
In keeping with the steady growth witnessed in Dubai, the
Department of Civil Aviation will start its next phase of
expansion by 2003, which will comprise the construction of
another concourse, identical to the Sheikh Rashid Terminal.
With passenger throughput expected to reach 30 million by the
year 2010 - more than 12 million passengers are expected to
travel through Dubai International Airport this year - the
Department of Civil Aviation is poised to take its place as
one of the top 20 airports in the