Dubai Al Mactum International Airport DWC - serving the greater Dubai area of the United Arab Emirates - opened in October 2013. It was intended to be a relief Airport for Dubai International DXB, and is now part of of the 140 sqare kilometer futuristic 'Dubai World Central' .*
DWC Airport is located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Upon its completion it is to be the world’s largest passenger & cargo hub airport and is to complement the Dubai International DXB Airport - 40 km away - which will be linked by a high-speed train.
* Al Mactum Airport itself is surrounded by 'DWC World Central' which covers the entire areas between E311 Moammed Bin Zayed Road and E611 Emirates Road /Dubai Bypass. It includes (to the left of it) a Business Park and 4 separate districts for Logistics, Aviation, Commercial, & Golf purposes - while (to the right of it) will be a Residential and the Expo 2020 Exhibition Districts. DWC World Central willl include Dubai Logistics-, Commercial-, Aviation-, & Residential 'Cities', as well as Dubai Science & Technology Park, and Dubai Golf Resort. DWC is the world’s first integrated logistics platform, with value-added services, such as manufacturing & assembly, in a single bonded free-zone environment, offering links to all of the country’s main motorways, and a future GCC high speed rail network and the Airport.
With 850,633 passengers in 2016 (twice the 2015 count), and a 4,500 meter runway (and upon completion, a total of three runways of the same size), the Airport will accomodate large aircraft like the Airbus A380.
The new passenger terminal - 'Dubai World Central Terminal' - with a single level & 66,000 square meters - and currently able to accommodate five million passengers annually (but expandable to 7M), is served by an A380-capable runway and 64 remote aircraft stands and offers full retail & food concessions. Al Maktoum Airport offers free high-speed WiFi service.
'Contactless immigration process' has recently started - planned to implement initially departures without immigration counters, and thereafter covering Arrivals. The immigration /smart gate process could be completed on-board of Emirates planes, prior to landing at Dubai Airport. Travelers can register their biometrics for smart gate passes.
Present and future Airport Developments: A major phase of Al Maktoum Airport's continued terminal expansion totaling US$32 billion, is to be completed by 2018 - when it is to reach a capacity of 26M passengers annually and include terminal expansion, a new check-in hall with 64 check-in counters, new immigration hall with 55 border conrol counters; 12 more boading lounges, and expansion of present pulic hall, offices, commercial areas & baggage claim facilities.
The next phase is to be completed within six to eight years - when 120M passengers can be processed annually, and one hundred A380 aircraft can land/depart simultaneously. Innovative technology & efficient processes will be used in enhancing passenger experience.
DWC Airport is to be spread over an area of 56 sq.km, and is to eventually accommodate over 200 million passenger a year.