The opening of the new $4.5bn terminal, dedicated to Emirates Airline, will be carried out in four phases to ensure that systems and processes are working properly. The terminal is currently undergoing trials.

“We are conducting a series of operational readiness trials at Terminal 3 and its airside facility as a run-up to the ‘soft’ opening in October,” says Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.

Dubai International served 34.4 million passengers last year, a 19.3 per cent increase on 2006, and close to its capacity.

The new terminal will raise capacity at the site to 60 million passengers a year and will have 25 gates able to deal with Emirates’ fleet of Airbus A380s.