Dubai Airports Company aims to attract 150 million passengers every year to Dubai International airport by 2030.
The company expects the airport to be handling 98 million passengers a year by 2020.
Dubai airport recorded a total of 40.9 million passengers in 2009, which was a nine per cent increase on traffic seen in 2008, according to James Robinson, head of strategic planning for Dubai Airports Company.
In order to accommodate the predicted growth in traffic a series of investments are under way at Dubai International Airport.
The new Concourse 3 is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will have 20 contact stands that will be able to accommodate the Airbus A380.
Terminal 2 is currently used for regional operations, charter services and pilgrimage flights and has an annual capacity of three million to five million passengers.
Replacing the terminal entirely would result in a higher increase in passenger-handling capacity.
The first phase of Dubai’s second airport, the Al-Maktoum International airport is still on track to open in June 2010. Phase one comprises a single runway and although it will cater to cargo operations initially, it will be able to handle six million passengers a year.