To meet the demands of travellers and expanding airlines, Gulf states are pumping billions of dollars into building new airports or expanding the existing facilities.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) noted that “about $40bn is being invested in airport infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf alone by far-sighted” governments. It forecasts that by the year 2017 the total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.91bn.
The UAE leads the way with a combined $18.8bn in construction and expansion plans, with $15.9bn pumped into Dubai alone.
While Qatar is investing a massive $15.5bn in its airport in Doha that is set to open on 27 May.
Elsewhere in the GCC, Saudi Arabia is aiming for a combined future capacity of 140mn passengers per year by expanding its three major airports in Damman, Jeddah and Riyadh.