Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) is the main airport in Dubai and is the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic with over 78 million passengers in 2015. The airport is located in the Al Garhoud district about 5 kilometers east of the city and it is operated by the public owned Dubai Airports Company. Dubai International Airport represents around 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP and around 21 per cent of the employment in the city with approximately 90,000 workers. Its importance and weight in Dubai’s economy is expected to rise in the coming years.
The airport consists of three passenger terminals and has a total estimated capacity of 90 million passengers annually. Emirates Terminal 3 is the largest airport terminal in the world and also one of the largest buildings by floor space. All Emirates flights are operating from this new terminal. Terminals 1 and 3 are connected directly and passengers are able to move without going through immigration. Dubai International has recently opened a new facility, Concourse D, that will house 175 vendor installations and more than 70 international airlines. There is a free shuttle service that runs between the three passenger terminals.
The airport is the primary base for Emirates which operates to more than 148 cities in 78 countries across the world.