Dubai hopes to host 2020 Olympic Games
Airport CEO says infrastructure will be put in place
Following the announcement on June 28 that Dubai will look to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, Dubai Airports has said that sufficient capacity to cope with the influx of visitors would be provided.
"The leadership and vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has made Dubai what it is today – a world leader in commerce, trade, tourism and aviation," said CEO Paul Griffiths.
"Dubai Airports is in step with this inspired vision and approach. Our expansion plans for Dubai International and Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International ensure we will have the state-of-the art infrastructure and capacity in place to create a lasting first impression as we welcome even more of the world to Dubai.
"If the Olympic and Paralympic Games and World Expo come to Dubai in 2020, we will be ready," Griffiths added.
Currently, a third concourse is being built at the existing Dubai International Airport, which would increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 80 million a year from the initially planned 70 million.
Al Maktoum International Airport, located at the heart of Dubai World Central, is expected to be able to handle 120 million passengers annually. The first phase of the airport project will be complete in June 2010.