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Dubai International could close - Dubai Aiports CEO

Al Maktoum Int'l could become the emirate’s only airport.
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The CEO of state-owned operator Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths has told Gulf News that Dubai International could close in the coming decades as the Dubai government steps up its investment in Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC).

The emirate's two-airport model could change in 20 or 30 years, at the point when Dubai International would require new investment.

Griffiths told the newspaper that closing the airport “may be a sensible option” as Dubai Aiports consolidates the two facilities into one major hub.

Further growth of Dubai International is curbed by its location in the city whereas the newer Al Maktoum International benefits from having a great deal of space nearby for development. 

Earlier this year Dubai International underwent a four month period of refurbishment and in 2015 its Concourse D is set to open.

Dubai Airports announced earlier this week that His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved a $32billion development plan of Al Maktoum International.

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