The Dubai Airports Company operates the airport established in 2008. The airport served as a hub for Dubai's local airlines, Emirates that handles 51% of the airport passenger traffic and flydubai that controls 13% of passenger traffic.
The capacity of the airport is 90 million passengers per year. By January 2016, the Dubai Airport has served 7.700 flights weekly operated by 140 airlines to over 270 destinations worldwide.
The airport has a massive contribution to the Dubai economy as it employs 90.000 people and provides approximately 400.000 jobs, that is about 21% of the Dubai employment. Notably, the staff employed at the construction sites not only at the airport but across the whole country, are workers from the nearby poorer Arab countries, India and Southeast Asia.
The airport was constructed under the plan divided into three phases. The first one included the construction of the first passenger terminal, 70 aircraft parking bays, the runway, construction of the maintenance hangar, workshops and administrative offices, in-flight catering kitchens, the first fire station, two cargo agents' buildings, and a control tower.
The second phase consisted of the construction of the second runway, a second fire station 50 new aircraft parking bays, and a third cargo agent building.Later, after the first two phases are finished, the third phase should have included the construction of a new terminal and new 60 parking lots. After successful implementation of the first plan, the second one was presented in the early 2000s. The new plan meant the development of the terminal facilities and concourses.