Already one of the world’s major air hubs, Dubai is now taking even more of a stranglehold on the aviation industry with the construction of the vast new Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA; airport code DWC) in the far south of the city, slated to eventually become the world’s largest airport, with five runways, three passenger terminals and capacity for up to 160 million passenger per year. The airport began receiving cargo flights in 2010 and its first passenger flights in 2013.
The new airport is located around 15km inland from Jebel Ali port, roughly 22km by road from the marina, 30km from the Palm Jumeirah and around 50km from the old city centre. It’s designed to supplement the existing Dubai International Airport rather than replace it, meaning that services to the older airport should continue more or less as before, although details of how it will all work are, at present, necessarily thin on the ground. From a practical point of view, however, unless you’re staying in or near Dubai Marina, the old Dubai International Airport is likely to prove a far more convenient place to land than its new rival.