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Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) serves Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. It is a major aviation hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai. It is situated in the Garhoud district, in the east of Dubai.

Dubai International is an important contributor to the Dubai economy, employing approximately 58,000 people, and indirectly supports over 250,000 jobs in Dubai and contributes over US$22 billion, which represents around 19% of total employment in Dubai, and 28% of Dubai’s GDP. It is predicted that by 2020 the economic contribution of Dubai’s aviation sector will rise to 32% of Dubai’s GDP and support over 373,000 jobs.

The new $4.5 billion Terminal 3 opened on 14 October 2008, and was built exclusively for the use of Emirates Airline. From April 2013, Qantas began flying to Dubai International Airport and shares the exclusive Terminal 3 with Emirates as part of their new Alliance. Concourse A is also part of Terminal 3 which opened on 2 January 2013. It is built exclusively for the Emirates Airbus A380, and Qantas also utilizes the concourse. Terminal 3 is the largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world, increasing the total capacity of the airport to over 75 million passengers.

Further major extensions to Terminal 2 are also currently being made. The airport revealed its future plans in May 2011, which involve construction of a new Concourse D, for all airlines currently operating from concourse C. Concourse D is expected to bring the total capacity of the airport to over 90 million passengers, and will be operating by 2018. The plan also involves Emirates solely operating from Concourse C along with Concourse A and B which it is already operating.

 
 
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