Dubai’s international airport is set to receive $7.8bn of investment after expansion plans were approved by the country’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The expansion programme will boost the airport’s capacity from 60 million to 90 million passengers per year by 2018. Officials said the investment would create jobs and expand Dubai’s gross domestic product by 32% within nine years.

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Within the local airport environment, airspace expansion plans focus on optimising runway capacity, and implementing efficient systems and processes to accommodate additional aircraft movements. 

Sheikh Mohammed said: “The combination of rallying tourism, Dubai’s proximity to the emerging economies of India and China, and the emirate's established role as a trading hub, is together expected to drive traffic growth and further elevate Dubai’s status as a global centre for aviation.”