• 28 Feb
    Dubai International 2020 Strategic Plan / Concourse D


    Dubai International 2020 Strategic Plan – Concourse D 








    A new milestone has been added to Dubai International Airport history of success and continuous expansion.


    Concourse D. The brand new state of the art passenger facility that was recently completed as a fully dedicated facility for the operation of All Other Airlines at DI will act as new booster to DI’s capacity and it’s Level of Service.

    4 years ago the Aviation Sector had made a recommendation as part of the 2020 Strategic Plan for Dubai International which was later on given the blessing by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makoutm.

    Today, Concourse D is at the final stages of its trials towards an operational start up by end of February 2016.

    The building works have been completed. 150,000sqm of facilities to allow the full processing of passengers travel to and from Dubai on Airlines other than the EK of Flydubai.

    • Boarding Lounges.
    • Duty Free Area.
    • Concessions and F&B outlets.
    • First and Business Class lounges.
    • BHS handling.
    • Ramp operation.
    • Technical areas and support.
    • Etc…




    Those works are complemented by a new apron surrounding the concourse enabling the contact of 17 aircrafts vide loading bridges to be served directly from the lounges noting that the concourse allows the servicing of another 11 Remote aircraft stands through the remote bus lounges available at the apron level.

    Notwithstanding the above, and being positioned in a fully airside area, Concourse D will be linked to Terminal 1 vide a brand new elevated APM system that was specifically built to shuttle all passengers from and to Terminal 1 where they get processed (check-in and security) on departure and on arrival mainly for immigration and baggage reclaim. A journey that will not exceed two and a half minutes.

    Terminal 1 has been enhanced and reconfigured in many of its areas to allow for a better processing of passengers and mainly to accommodate the new APM station that links to Concourse D.

    In summary, another boost of 18Million Passenger in Capacity for DI allowing it to handle over 90 million passenger per annum.


    Concourse D construction has been completed on 30 November 2015. Since then, the Concourse has undergone testing and commissioning programme and a series of successful trial tests resulted in securing Operator Safety Certificate on 20 December 2015, and was then ready for a full passenger trial in which hundreds of volunteer passengers were engaged. The passenger trial is expected to finish by mid of February after which the facility will be ready for operation.




    The aviation sector in the United Arab Emirates in general and in the Emirate of Dubai in particular has been witnessing an unprecedented growth in the past decade. As confirmed by recent international statistics Dubai International Airport is ranked now as number one worldwide in international passenger traffic. Dubai International (DI) in the top busiest airport worldwide currently handles demand of over 78 million passengers per year. Such success is the result of the commitment, planning and determination of the government and the aviation sector to meet the airline and economic growth through adopting dynamic expansion plans capable of accompanying the increasing demand in terms of aircraft stands and passenger handling facilities while providing a world class service.


    As part of the DI 2020 Strategic plan that was initiated back in 2011 to extend the life span of Dubai International up to the year 2020, one of the major points of focus was to identify a balance between the possible improvements to the airfield capacity and the aircraft stands capacity which should be able in return to sustain the number of movements that can be accommodated by the runway and taxiway system.


    Extensive studies have been carried out, utilizing state of the art simulation modelling tools to enable comprehensive and precise advisory towards every possible measure that can be taken to maximize the capacity of the airport.


    As an outcome to the above, the aircraft stands capacity was identified as the main limiting factor to the capacity of the airport, whereby it was concluded that the master plan should invest in every available space at DI in order to maximize the number of aircraft stands (Contact and Remote) while respecting the technical constraints related to Airfield operation.


    The increase of the Emirates Airlines fleet was met with the flexibility allowed for in the existing Dubai International Airport facilities. The connectivity between Concourses A, B and C permitted the adoption of a strategic decision to allocate additional stands (contact gates) for servicing Emirates Airlines airplanes at Concourse C. However additional aircraft stands around the airport for international airlines operation at Dubai International had to be provided. Therefore, the development of a new Concourse (Concourse D) has been identified in order to:


    • Accommodate new contact stands at the airport and increase the Level of Service for passengers using other airlines.
    • Accommodate space for retail/duty free and lounges for aircraft contact and remote gates further located at the west side.
    • Provide proper connectivity for passengers between Terminal 1 and the new stands.


    A number of locations have been earmarked as potential areas to meet the increasing demand in wide body stand requirement.

    The existing Cargo Village area at the west side of the airport has been identified as one of those major potentials and selected for its operational convenience. However, being in a highly congested area and in close proximity to a major center of activity in the airport, relocation and reconsideration to the west side existing operation was a challenge that we accepted to face. The construction of Concourse D necessitated the relocation of several vital airport facilities and reconfiguration of the entire operation at that area of the cargo village while maintaining continuous and uninterrupted operations of an airport witnessing in parallel traffic growth.



    The new Concourse D will have a planned capacity of 18 Million passengers per annum.

    Concourse D will be serviced by 17 contact gates, 12 Code E , 4 Code F and 1 Code C, and will have a gross built-up area of around 150,000m2. It will include boarding lounges (with an area of approximately 64,460m2), remote boarding lounges dedicated to serve 11 remote stands, a retail, duty free and food & beverages area.

    Being totally airside, Concourse D will be accessible through Terminal 1. A 1.50km Automated People Mover (APM) system is currently being implemented to provide this connection. Operating 24 hours a day, the APM will ensure the transport of departing and arriving passengers between Terminal 1 and Concourse 4. Its capacity will exceed 4,600 passengers per hour per direction.


    Moreover, and in parallel with the construction works related to Concourse D and the APM system, upgrade works are ongoing in Terminal 1. The upgrade works at Terminal 1 aim at ensuring the compatibility of the facility with its planned operational role: a proper interface with the APM system and facilitated passenger and baggage circulation within the Terminal and to/from Concourse D.







    Fact Sheet:

    Area (m2) 150,000
    No. Gates (Code E) & related lounges 12
    No. Gates (Code C) & related lounges 1
    No. Gates (Code F) & related lounges 4
    No. of remote stands 11
    No. of remote lounges 11
    No. of airline counters (transfer) 30 counters
    Retail Area Approx. 8,484 m2
    Total Area: DIH Lounge Approx. 1,751 m2
    Total Area of F&B 4,261 m2
    Building Length x Width x Height 700 m x 144 m x 27 m
    No. of Floors 4 Floors (Inclusive of service floor)
    Capacity per year 18 million
    Peak Hour Passenger


    Departure peak hour: 3,069 pax/hr
    Arrival peak hour: 2,954 pax/hr
    Programme December 2014
    Budget 1,9 Billion AED for Concourse D

    3,725 Billion AED for the Entire development inclusive of APM, Apron, Terminal 1 refurbishment and Concourse D surroundings.