• 04 Jun
    Final Phase of Concourse D

    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 now ranked as number one worldwide in international passenger traffic. Dubai International (DI) is the top busiest airport worldwide, currently handling demand of over 66 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 of 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’s 1.50km Automated People Mover (APM) system, which 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.

    With construction works nearing completion, Concourse D is planned to be ready for operations end of summer 2015 at a cost of AED 1.9 Billion.

    Fact Sheet:



    Area (m2)


    No. Gates (Code E) & related lounges


    No. Gates (Code C) & related lounges


    No. Gates (Code F) & related lounges


    No. of remote stands


    No. of remote lounges


    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


    December 2014


    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.