Jebel Ali International Airport Dubai Overview

The Jebel Ali International Airport is officially known as the Al Maktoum International Airport and was named after the late ruler of the emirate of Dubai. The airport is located in the Jebel Ali area of the city and is part of Dubai World Central’s projects. The Jebel Ali Airport and the Dubai World Central projects are all located within an economic free zone and the developers want to integrate logistics with manufacturing in one area.

The airport will play its part by offering international passenger and cargo services to Jebel Ali and Dubai. As per the plans of the Jebel Ali International Airport, the venue should be the world largest passenger and cargo hub when it becomes fully operational.

Some estimates claim that it will be 10 times bigger that the Dubai International Airport. The developers plan to give the airport a capacity of 12 million tons of cargo and 160 million passengers per year.

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    In its first phase the airport opened on 27 June 2010 with just one run way of 4.5km which was completed within 600 days, and had its first landing in June 2010. The initial planes were all cargo but passenger flights were eventually added in 2011. The $75 million Al Maktoum Airport Cargo Gateway was only half completed by the close of 2008. It is estimated that all aspects of the airport will be completed in 2017 but some believe that delays due to the local financial crisis may delay the project to 2022.

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    Things to do at Jebel Ali International Airport

    The project is still in the construction phase but there are a large number of things to see and do in the surrounding area of the airport.

    - The Jebel Ali Free is an economic free zone where many companies have set up shop to cater the local and regional market.

    - The near by Business Park is meant to allow companies easy access to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi plus access to warehouses and logistics.

    - The Aviation and Logistics Districts have been designed to accommodate aviation and logistics businesses.

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    Operational Hours

    The Jebel Ali International Airport is open 24 hours a day for passenger and cargo services.

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    How to Contact Jebel Ali International Airport

    The best way to get in touch with the airport is through Dubai World Central:

    Telephone: +971 4 814 1111

    Or the online form here.

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    Emirates Road, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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    How to Get to Jebel Ali International Airport

    The airport does not currently have any bus stop or metro station close by, and commuters will need to take a taxi or personal car to reach the location.

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