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Dubai International Airport

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Dubai International Airport is a major air facility in Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates. Its IATA Airport Code is DXB. Its ICAO Airport Code is OMDB.

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Interior Dubai International airport

The airport is a hub to Dubai's international airline, Emirates.

Because of the many stores in the airport, it is considered a major place to buy duty free goods in that country, which is in turn considered a duty free shopping haven.

Dubai International Airport was conceived in 1959, when Sheik Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum first ordered construction. It was inaugurated in 1960 with DC-3 plane flights and was home to nine airlines. Today, the airport accepts all kinds of jets.

On 3 July, 1988, Iran Air Flight 655, which was on a Tehran-Bandar Abbas-Dubai route, was shot down by the USS Vincennes between Bandar Abbas and Dubai due to the aircraft overflying a combat zone. An estimated 300 people were killed in this incident.

On 28 July 2001, a man named Djamel Beghal was arrested at Dubai International Airport while transferring from a flight from Pakistan to a flight to Europe. Beghal admitted to being part of the Paris embassy attack plot to UAE interrogators. The Al-Qaida suspect was taken to France, where he recanted parts of his statement. The plot was dismantled by French, Belgian, and Dutch authorities.

Part of the airport's Terminal 3 collapsed on September 28, 2004 during the construction phase. The terminal was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Andreu also designed Terminal 2E at Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport, which collapsed on May 23, 2004.

The Airport will undergo an expansion to allow two stations of the Green Line of the Dubai Metro to be built within the complex. One station will be constructed in Terminal 1 and the other in Terminal 3. The Metro system is not expected to be fully operational until 2012.

Other airlines that fly there are:

In addition, the following cargo airlines fly there:

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