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The Passenger Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC) has an annual passenger capacity of 26.5 million. A crucial link between the landside and airside at the airport, the terminal is fully compliant with ICAO standards and boasts an unrivalled passenger experience.

AMI Construction Stages


Following the success of cargo operations, the construction of a terminal for passenger flights starts to take shape.



The Passenger Terminal opens in October 2013 with an annual capacity of 5 million passengers, featuring a world-class travel experience.

2016 and beyond


The Passenger Terminal Building capacity is expanded to 29 million, making it the largest bus-operated terminal worldwide.

About This Project

Arriving at the world’s largest airport

With the success of cargo operations at DWC, DAEP was confident in facilitating a strategic design for the passenger terminal.

The design was structured into three main parts; the arrivals building, the departure building and the concourse. All three sections were made to be flexible to increase capacity from 5 million passengers to 7 million passengers per annum. Recent expansion projects increased this number to 29 million. The arrivals and departure halls were built to have identical dimensions, with a length of 210 metres and width of 90 metres.

For a smoother land-side passenger experience, the arrival and departure buildings are connected by a large public hall along a 450-metre curbside. Both halls feature all related services from check-in on the departure side to baggage reclaim on the arrivals side. The concourse, which is much larger with a length of 255 metres and a width of 120 metres, was expanded for a variety of passenger facilities. DAEP created the infrastructure for a series of boarding lounges, a special transfer lounge, a duty-free area, catering services as well as the central technical rooms. Additionally, architects made a partial mezzanine floor for an airside restaurant, a Business Class lounge and management offices that have landside-only access.

In all, the Passenger Terminal is flexible and functional, effectively meeting the growing requirements of passengers and Dubai’s aviation industry with the implementation of cutting-edge smart airport solutions like biometric immigration. In the future, curbside check-in with autonomous robots will also be possible.

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The terminal can accommodate up to 29 million passengers a year

Key Figures


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The length of the link between arrivals and departures on the curbside


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Areas dedicated for arrival, departures and the airside

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