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Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport is one of the busiest airports of the world. It serves a huge traffic for the incoming Dubai passengers as well as a huge number of transit passengers. The Dubai International airport's IATA code is DXB it has 3 main terminals Terminal 1 being the most busy serving all major airlines of  the world except Emirates which has its exclusive terminal the Terminal 3 while Terminal 2 is a relatively small terminal serving the low fare and smaller airlines.

Brief History of Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport existed due to the Karachi city of Pakistan which once used to serve as central point. The Civil aviation in Dubai started in July 1937 when an air agreement was signed for a flying boat base for the aircraft of Imperial Airways with rental of the base at about 440 Rupees per month this included the guards' wages. The Empire Flying Boats also started operating once a week flying East to Karachi and West to Southampton, England. By February 1938, there were 4 flying boats a week.

In the 1940s flying from Dubai was by flying boats operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), operating the Horseshoe line from Southern Africa via the Persian Gulf to Sydney.

Construction of the airport at the current location was ordered by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1959 in just one year It was officially opened with its first airfield, at that time Dubai airport was able to handle aircraft size of a Douglas DC-3 on a 1,800 m (5,906 ft) long runway made of compacted sand. Three turning-areas, an apron and small terminal completed the airport that was constructed by Costain.

With the expansion of the Airport Fire Services a hangar style building was made available to the airport at the end of 1976. This was located midway between the runway ends to facilitate efficient operations.

A new building was also constructed to house the Airport Maintenance Engineer, Electronics Engineering section and Stores unit. Expansion of the Airport Restaurant and Transit Lounge including the refurbishing of the upper level and the provision of a new kitchen was completed in December 1978

In May 1963 construction of a 9,200 ft (2,804 m) asphalt runway started. This new runway, alongside the original sand runway and taxiway opened in May 1965, together with several new extensions were added to the Terminal Building, hangars erected, Airport and Navigational aids were installed. The installation of the lighting system continued after official opening and was completed in August of that year. During the second half of the 1960s several extensions, equipment upgrades like a VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) and an instrument landing system (ILS) as well as new buildings were constructed. By 1969, the airport was served by 9 airlines serving some 20 destinations.

The inauguration was on 15 May 1965 and was marked by the visits of the first big jets of Middle East Airlines and Kuwait Airways Comets.

The advent of wide body aircraft a need for further airport development in the 1970s which had already been foreseen by the Ruler of Dubai and plans for a new Terminal, runways and taxiways capable of coping with international flights. The construction of a new terminal building consisting of a three storey building 110 metres long and included an enclosed floor area of 13,400 square metres. A new 28 metre control tower was also constructed.

Expansion continued in the early 1970s including ILS Category II equipment, lengthening existing runway to 12,500 ft (3,810 m), installation of a non-directional beacon (NDB), diesel generators, taxiways, etc. This work made handling the Boeing 747 and Concorde possible. Several runway and apron extensions were carried out through the decade to meet growing demand

The new precision category 2 Approach and Runway Lighting System was commissioned. The construction of the Airport Fire Station and the installation of the Generators were completed in December and was fully operational in March 1972. The ruler also commissioned and inaugurated the Long-range Surveillance System on 19 June 1973.

The second runway of Dubai airport was completed three months ahead of schedule and opened in April 1984. This runway, located 360 metres north of the existing runway and parallel to it and is equipped with the latest meteorological, airfield lighting and instrument landing systems to give the airport a Category II classification. Also several extensions and upgrades of terminal facilities and supporting systems were carried out. On 23 December 1980 the airport became ordinary member of the Airports Council International (ACI).

During the 1980s, Dubai was only a stopping point for airlines such as Air India, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and others travelling between Asia and Europe that needed a refuelling point in the Persian Gulf. This use was made redundant with the advent of longer-range aircraft introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s such as the Airbus A340, the Boeing 747-400 and the Boeing 777 series aircraft, which had the range to fly between Europe and Southeast Asia nonstop

On 29 October 2010, the airport marked its 50th anniversary. The airport has seen over 402 million passengers at an average annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, and handled over 3.87 million aircraft at an average annual growth rate of 12.4 per cent

 

List of airlines and their codes operating through Dubai Airport's Terminals 1, 2 and 3

Terminal 1

Airline Code Telephone
Aeroflot Russian Airlines SU +971 (4) 222 2245
Aerosvit Ukranian Airlines VV +971 (4) 221 1176
Afriqiyah Airways 8U  
Air Algerie AH +971 (4) 295 9060
Air Armenia    
Air Astana KC +971 (4) 224 5590
Air China CA +971 (4) 220 0880
Air France AF  
Air India AI +971 (4) 216 2902/2800
+971 (4) 228 4646
Al Khayala    
Alitalia   +971 (4) 224 4281
Armavia Airline U8 +971 (4) 266 0122
Austrian Airline OS +971 (4) 294 1403
Azrebaijan Airlines J2 +971 (4) 295 6860
Bahrain Air 2B +971 (4) 228 4042
+971 (4) 228 4034
Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG +971 (4) 216 2895/21
Bombasa Airline   +971 (4) 295 6295
British Airways BA  
Cathy Pacific Airways CX +971 (4) 216 6865
China Eastern Airlines MU  
China Southern Airlines CZ +971 (4) 220 0966
Cyprus Airlines   +971 (4) 221 5325
Czech Airlines   +971 (4) 294 5666
Daallo Airlines D3 +971 (4) 2161 853
Delta Airlines DL +971 (4) 220 0216
Don Avia D9  
Donbass Eastern Ukranian Airline   +971 (4) 295 6295
Egypt Air MS +971 (4) 216 2830
Eritrean Airlines B8 +971 (4) 273 3082
+971 (4) 271 2449
Ethiopian Airline ET +971 (4) 216 2833
Garuda Indonesia GA  
Gulf Air GF +971 (4) 216 6855
Indian Airlines IC +971 (4) 216 1845/46/47
Iran Air IR +971 (4) 216 6838
Jat Airways   +971 (4) 352 0300
Jazeera Airways J9 +971 (4) 224 4488
Jet Airways (India) 9W +971 (4) 216 1880
Kazakstan Airlines    
Kenya Airways KQ +971 (4) 216 2355
Kingfisher Airlines IT  
KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines KL +971 (4) 224 4747
+971 (4) 216 2342
Korean Air KE +971 (4) 224 4190
Kuwait Air KU +971 (4) 216 1870/2848
Libyan Arab Airlines LN +971 (4) 227 4224
Lufthansa LH +971 (4) 216 6855
M.E.A. - Middle East Airlines ME +971 (4) 216 2864
Mahan Air W5 +971 (4) 216 5810
Malaysia Airlines MH +971 (4) 216 6850/45
Nas Air UE  
Olympic Airways OA +971 (4) 222 8689
Oman Air WY +971 (4) 216 2370
+971 (4) 220 0946
Open Skies EC  
Pakistan Intl Airlines PK +971 (4) 216 2898/67
Qatar Airways QR +971 (4) 224 4515
Royal Air Moroco AT  
Royal Brunei Airlines BI +971 (4) 216 2922
Royal Jordanian Airlines RJ +971 (4) 216 6810
Royal Nepal Airlines RA +971 (4) 224 6102
SAS   +971 (4) 336 0530
Saudi Airlines SV +971 (4) 216 6824
Shaheen Air Intl NL +971 (4) 216 1866/79
Siberia Airlines S7 +971 (4) 295 6295
Singapore Airlines SQ +971 (4) 216 6878
Sirlankan Airlines UL +971 (4) 216 2808
Sudan Airlines SD +971 (4) 216 2849
Swiss International Airlines LX +971 (4) 295 2221
Syrian Arab Air RB +971 (4) 216 1862
Taag Angola Airlines DT +971 (4) 396 6255
Tarom Romanian Air RO +971 (4) 221 1176
Thai Airways TG +971 (4) 224 4305
+971 (4) 216 2324/65
Transaero Airlines UN +971 (4) 282 2199
Travel Servis Airlines QS  
Tunis Air TU +971 (4) 223 7776
Turkish Airlines TK +971 (4) 216 2882
Ukraine Intl Airlines PS +971 (4) 295 8994
United Airlines UA +971 (4) 216 1855
Uzbekistan Air HY +971 (6) 572 5214
Vim Airlines   +971 (6) 557 1247
Virgin Atlantic VS +971 (4) 216 1801/02
Wataniya Airways KW +971 (4) 216 2813
Yemenia Yemen Air IY +971 (4) 224 4309
+971 (4) 216 2356

Terminal 2

Airline Code Telephone
African Express XU +971 (6) 559 3816
Air Berlin AB +971 (4) 214 6977 or +971 (4) 214 6975
Air India Express IX +971 (4) 216 5828/29
Air Italy (charter)   +482 2 203 1554
Air Zimbabwe UM +971 (4) 211 2540
+971 (4) 211 2535
Airblue Limited ED +971 (4) 299 0809
Aircompany Scat DV  
Alexandria Airlines   +971 (4) 352 1010
Aria Air 2A +971 (4) 221 8008
Ariana Afghan Airlines FG +971 (4) 295 5666
AVE.COM 2E +971 (6) 557 2522
Best Aviation Ltd 5Q  
Bulgaria Air FB  
Caspian Airlines RV  
Condor Airlines DE +971 (4) 216 5814
DHL Aviation ES  
Fars Air Qeshm   +971 (4) 216 5818
+971 (4) 273 3394
Finn Air   +971 (4) 282 1522
+971 (4) 299 5961
Flydubai  FZ  
Georgian Airway A9 +971 (4) 316 6981
GMG Airlines Z5 +971 (4) 406 0416
Hainan Airlines China HU  
Iran Aseman EP +971 (4) 216 5808
Iraqi Airways IA  
Jordan Aviation   +962 (6) 550 1760 Ext. 310
Kabo Air N9  
Kalitta Air   +971 (4) 299 0929
Kam Air RQ +971 (4) 228 1281
Kazan Air Enterprise U9  
Kish Air Y9 +971 (4) 216 5800
+971 (4) 272 0006
Kuban Airlines GW  
Kyrgyzstan Air QH  
Mihin Lanka MJ  
Norwegian Air Shuttle   +47 67 59 30 05
Orient Eagle Express 4R  
Osob Airlines OSB  
Pamir Airways PM  
Qantas Airways    
Qeshm Fars Air QE  
Safi Airways 4Q +971 (4) 299 8890
Skylink Aviation    
Somon Air (Tajikistan) 4J  
STC Russia FV  
Taban Air TBM +971 (4) 266 5506
Toumai Air Tchad 9D  
Tuifly Nordic (Charter) X3  
United Airways (Bangladesh) 4H +971 (4) 273 9461
United Nations   +971 (6) 557 4799
United Parcel Service   +971 (4) 299 6995
Ural Air U6 +971 (4) 335 2433
Vaso Airlines   +971 (4) 282 6696
Vega Airlines    

Terminal 3

Airline Code Telephone
Emirates Airline EK  

Emergency services at Dubai Airport

Keeping you safeDubai International has a world-class Airport Medical Centre (AMC) dedicated to making sure everyone who passes through the airport remains healthy and safe. AMC is constantly upgrading its capabilities and performance to ensure staff members are ready for any emergency, however large or small.

AMC locations

AMC Terminal 1 Clinic is located below Gate 113 of Terminal 1 (Sheikh Rashid Terminal) or Fox 7

AMC Terminal 3 Clinic is located between Fox 22 23 at level 0 (Ground Floor)

Other Services at Dubai airport

Our services include, but are not limited to:

Assessment and triaging of all patients within the clinical set up, as well as onsite
Providing urgent medical assistance and management inside the aircraft or within the Dubai International premises
Providing advance cardiac life support and pre-hospital traumatic life support care
Issuance of visit/fitness certificate for discharged passengers upon airline's or patient's request
Offering medical fitness (visa renewal) for all Dubai International airport staff
Screening for infectious diseases
Providing medical facilities and privacy to fulfil personal medical requirements to incoming, joining and transit passengers
Referring passengers and staff to Dubai Health Authority (DHA) hospitals/private hospitals (when needed and upon patient's request) for further management
Providing health awareness campaigns to all patients, passengers and stakeholders of Dubai International
Emergency/Disaster response
Assisting and ensuring the safety of stretcher passengers during embarkation and disembarkation
Working collaboratively with the Centre of Ambulance Services (COAS) in providing advance medical back up on site-response
Providing assistance to patients who are in the category of Stretcher and Wheelchair cases that need continuous oxygenation either while arriving or travelling abroad

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