Here’s a Sneak Peek at Dubai’s New Airport: Monorail, Green Havens, and Mini Forests

Here’s a Sneak Peek at Dubai’s New Airport: Monorail, Green Havens, and Mini Forests

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) is set to be a revolutionary “city within a city” upon its completion. Featuring a sophisticated transportation system, mini-forests, green zones, and an entertainment hub, DWC promises a comprehensive range of amenities including food, beverage, and retail outlets.

Vision and Design

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, recently shared the first images of the new passenger terminal via a tweet. This glimpse was further elaborated by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) at the 23rd Airport Show, showcasing a more detailed preview of what will be the world’s largest airport.

Key Features

Elevated Rail and Indoor Forest

A standout feature of DWC is the elevated rail or automated people mover (APM) system, which will transport passengers between terminals through an indoor tropical forest. Additionally, giant LED screens displaying various landscapes and marine habitats enhance the immersive experience.

Connectivity and Accessibility

Designed to merge tradition, culture, and innovation, DWC will be seamlessly connected to Dubai and the rest of the UAE via high-speed rail (Etihad Rail), a new Metro line, air taxis, and self-driving cars. Passengers can check in their luggage from home, a hotel, or city desk before arriving at the airport, streamlining the travel process.

Arrival Experience

Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted by the world’s largest sun canopy and a vast green zone within the terminal, symbolizing Dubai’s zero-carbon ambition. The journey through the terminal will include large LED screens projecting various designs, including an indoor aquarium. The terminals will be lined with trees and extensive green areas, including a relaxing indoor tropical garden.

Infrastructure and Amenities

Spacious Boarding Gates and Aircraft Gates

DWC will feature 400 aircraft gates and five parallel runways spread across 70 square kilometers. Generous open spaces at boarding gates, along with first and business-class lounges, will enhance passenger comfort. Shops, restaurants, entertainment, and relaxation areas will be strategically placed, with boarding gates along the piers for easy aircraft access.

Advanced Technology

Utilizing modern technologies, DWC will employ face recognition to expedite the departure process, minimizing long lines. The west terminal building will cater to both origin and destination passengers, with distinct halls for first, business, and economy classes.

Efficient Passenger and Baggage Movement

The APM system, with 14 stations, will facilitate seamless passenger movement between terminals and concourses. An underground baggage network will handle up to 30,000 bags per hour using automated guided vehicles and advanced screening techniques. Automated bots will assist with luggage drop-off, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.

Operational Excellence

Runways and Aircraft Guidance

DWC’s five parallel runways will accommodate code F aircraft like the B747-800 and A-380, with the capacity for up to four simultaneous parallel approaches. Advanced aircraft guidance systems, rapid exits, double taxiways, and large ground service equipment roads will enhance safety and operational efficiency. A second control tower will be positioned at the airfield’s center.


DWC’s operations will be fully sustainable, powered entirely by renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic solar panels. High-performance insulated buildings will utilize solar glazing to manage energy inputs. The airport’s recycling strategy, in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, will aim for zero landfill waste. Efficient appliances and water management systems will reduce water consumption by approximately 70%.

Projected Impact

The construction of the new passenger terminal will commence with an estimated cost of Dh128 billion. DWC is expected to handle nearly 260 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo annually. DAEP’s strategic vision aims to meet growing passenger demands ahead of projections, solidifying Dubai’s position as the aviation capital of the world.

For more details, visit Al Maktoum International Airport.

Explore the future of aviation with Al Maktoum International Airport, where innovation meets sustainability.

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