Originally of little significance, Al Maktoum international airport becomes one of the largest in the world by 2040.
The reason for this is that Dubai's international airport, located four kilometers from the capital can no longer cope with ever-increasing passenger traffic. In 2030 the airport had more than 190 million passengers, by 2040 this will go up to 260 million and by 2050 this number is predicted to reach 309 million. Considering that it was nearly impossible to further expand the existing main international airport that had already been serving 100 million passengers a year in 2020, building new space for Al Maktoum was the only viable solution. As a result, Al Maktoum international airport, 40 km away from Dubai, became the new base hub with 5 air strips and the ability to serve more than 200 million passengers a year.