Yesterday, Dubai International Airport (DXB) officially saw its billionth passenger after 58 years of operation, registering a new all-time high record.

Billionth passenger welcomed at DXB

Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed its billionth passenger, Arjun on Thursday. The passenger arrived at morning with his family from Orlando, Florida on a flight from Emirates. As part of their milestone celebrations, Dubai Airports will be taking him and his family for a luxury experience in Dubai, including a stay at Atlantis The Palm, a visit to Burj Khalifa, a day at Aquaventure and more.

Photograph credit: Dubai Airports

58 years of operations before welcoming billionth passenger

In 1960, DXB opened its doors to operations and welcomed its first 500 million passengers in 2011. Fast forward 2018, the airport welcomed its second milestone within just seven years. What started as a compact terminal 58 years ago, now boasts three terminals and home to three concourses.

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Photograph credit: Dubai Airports

“New phase” for DXB in the aviation world

Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum congratulated Emirates CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the airport authorities on the success, calling the milestone a “new phase” for Dubai Airports. Sheikh Mohammed said, “Dubai International Airport received its one billionth passenger today, marking a new phase in its journey towards a bright future. One billion passengers have made DXB a part of their personal story and helped shape Dubai into a global hub.

“I am proud and humbled by this achievement and thank the DXB team, led by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. We are committed to remaining the first choice in transporting people across borders, helping them fulfill dreams, meet loved ones, and discover the world’s wonders.”

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Photograph credit: Dubai Airports

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