From humble beginnings, with a tiny terminal building and a runway of compacted sand, Dubai International has come a long way since 1960. 51 years later, in 2011, the airport welcomed its 500 millionth passenger. Incredibly, it took just seven short years to double that figure, with the arrival of DXB’s billionth passenger on 20th December 2018.
Arriving on Emirates flight EK220 from Orlando, Florida for his first visit to Dubai, nine year old Arjun and his family were personally welcomed by HH Sheikh Ahmen bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. To celebrate this historic landmark, the family were then treated to a programme of unforgettable experiences, showcasing Dubai’s longstanding reputation for excitement, luxury and modern Arabic hospitality. From staying at the iconic Atlantis Hotel and dining at award-winning restaurants to visiting the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and a day of fun at Aquaventure water park, Arjun, his brother and his parents will never forget their historic arrival in Dubai.
Speaking at the airport on the day of Arjun’s arrival, HH Sheikh Ahmen bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “This landmark billionth passenger achievement is the result of teamwork and collaboration, and special thanks goes out to each and every member of the airport community who have played a role in this journey.”
Dubai International handles an average of 7.5 million customers every month, breaking its own traffic record no fewer than three times in 2018, with more than 8.3 million customers in a single month. The astonishing passenger numbers bear out the hub’s status as a global aviation benchmark, admired the world over for its quality infrastructure, passenger and cargo volumes and its ability to maintain exceptional service levels in the face of unrelenting growth.