Then and now – it’s incredible how much DXB has changed

Dubai Airport 1970s

My, how you’ve grown, Dubai International Airport. One of the world’s biggest and busiest travel hubs has come a long way since it first opened nearly 60 years ago.

Construction of the original Dubai Airport was ordered by then-ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1959. It officially opened in 1960 with just one runway. Fast forward to 2017 now it’s pretty much a mini-city, with three huge terminals packed with shops and restaurants.

Check out these throwback photos from down the years.

1960s – nothing much to see (yet)

Dubai Airport 1960s

 

1970s – classy but quiet

Dubai Airport 1970s

 

1990s – finally an international airport

Dubai Airport 1990s

 

2000s – expanding rapidly

Dubai Airport 2000

 

Now – all of the lights

Dubai Airport 2017

 

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