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June 26, 2010

Dubai Airport Opens Sunday, Aims To Be World’s Busiest


It’s not every day that an airport aims to become the world’s busiest, but that’s exactly what Dubai is trying to do with its┬áDubai World Central-Al Maktoum International, which opens Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

The airport will have five parallel runways (in an attempt to take on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson for the number 1 spot) and four terminals to take on Chicago O’Hare and Heathrow. The new airport is designed to handle roughly 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of freight each year. It’s no surprise, then, that the project is estimated to have cost $32 billion.

The obvious problem, of course, is attracting tourists as Dubai is still in the midst of economic uncertainty. Plus, will anyone WANT to fly into an airport that is sure to have delays?

It is the logical next step for Dubai, though, which is already home to the region’s busiest seaport and airport (which currently operates below capacity).

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