As a major aviation trade hub, Dubai has world class air cargo handling capabilities in its two airports; Dubai International Airport (DBX) and the now completed Phase 1 of Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). Both Dubai airports and Dubai cargo villiage are under the jurisdiction and are operated by the Department of Civil Avaition. Home to major carriers Emirates and Emirates Skycargo, due to its increasing traffic, both passenger and cargo, Dubai has undertaken the construction of the Al Maktoum International Airport which is planned to be the world’s largest cargo and passenger hub and will be 10 times larger than the current Dubai International Airport and is designed to handle the new super-jumbo carriers typified by the Airbus A380.

Combined, Dubai’s air cargo airport capacity exceeds 2.8-million tonnes.

Time Zone:  +4:00 hours from UTC/GMT

Airport Code:
FlightStats code: DWC
IATA code: DWC

Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC)

GPS CO-ORDINATES: 24.886398, 55.159043
LONGITUDE, LATITUDE: +55° 9′ 32.55″, +24° 53′ 11.03″

Phase 1 is now completed and provides:

  • Capacity to handle 600,000 tonnes per annum
  • 24 hours a day operation
  • A380-compatible, 4.5 km runway.
  • Facilities include 64 aircraft stands (10 of which are Code F)
  • A state-of-the-art ATC Tower
  • Fire stations
  • Line maintenance services
  • Fuel farm
  • 66,000 square meter, single-level passenger terminal.

Phase 2 of the airport, which includes the construction of an additional two automated and one non-automated cargo terminals, is currently under way. This is expected to increase the total cargo capacity at Al Maktoum International Airport to 1.4 million tonnes per annum.

When completed, DWC will have the capacity to handle 12 million tonnes of annual cargo and 160 million passengers.

Time Zone:  +4:00 hours from UTC/GMT

Airport Code:
FlightStats code: DXB
IATA code: DXB

Main Phone:
+971 (4) 224-5555


Dubai International Airport (DXB)

GPS CO-ORDINATES: 25.2519444444, 55.3641666667
LONGITUDE, LATITUDE: 25°15′10″N 055°21′52″E
  • The world’s third busiest international air freight hub
  • 2.5 million tonnes capacity
  • 90 minute turnarounds
  • Cargo Mega Terminal
  • General and specialized cargo accommodations


A 30,000㎡ addition to Dubai International’s 1.2 million ton Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT) is currently under construction. The addition will increase the terminals capacity by 25 percent to 1.5-million tonnes a year.  Additionally, to assist with freight movement between airports, a 40,000 ton cargo facility is also under construction at DXB.