Ultimate Airport – Dubai: A special 10 part documentary series featuring Dubai’s aviation sector with Dubai International airport at its centre, which will be aired across National Geographic Channel’s global network from September 5.
Less than 55 years ago, Dubai International Airport was a vast desert of sand.
Today, it is a modern mecca of international air travel.
Dubai International Airport Statistics – With a staggering 344,245 flights, 57.6 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo flying in and out each year, it is the world’s second busiest airport for international passengers and is expected to overthrow London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport by 2015.
In Ultimate Airport Dubai, step behind-the-scenes of Dubai International’s three massive terminals, including Terminal 3 – the largest building on earth by floor space, measuring 359 football pitches in size!
With unprecedented access to all facets of this mega facility, the series follows some of the 60,000 staff working hard to keep it safe, secure, and on schedule.
From Air Traffic Control handling emergency landings, customs intercepting suspected smugglers and engineers taking part in multi-million dollar jets to dealing with late flights and angry passengers, cargo headaches and even the construction of the world’s only dedicated A380 facility, NGC provides a 360-degree view of this airport.
Ultimate Airport Dubai offers an insight into the many and varied jobs that most travelers never see, but are vital to keep things running. The job of air traffic controller is one of the most stressful occupations in the world, especially at Dubai International where a plane takes off or lands every 92.5 seconds. See how air traffic controllers, ready to respond in a moment’s notice, react to an in-flight medical emergency with injured passengers and work alongside the engineers that keep Dubai’s 90-km baggage system running smoothly.
Paul Griffiths; “Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service. “What is not immediately visible is the behind-the-scenes activity and cooperation that it takes to deliver on all three fronts every day in a complex and dynamic environment. All of this will soon be on full display to the world when “Ultimate Airport Dubai”, a ten-part series documenting the incredible story of Dubai’s aviation sector, debuts on September 5 across National Geographic Channel’s global network.” — Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO
VIDEO: Dubai – The Ultimate Airport – sneak preview
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