New Dubai airport will be 'the largest hub in the world'
23 November 2013 Last updated at 02:44 GMT
Ten million people visited Dubai last year - a number the government wants to see double by 2020.
However, Dubai International, the airport that receives the vast majority of those visitors, cannot handle that increased capacity.
So another airport has been built on the other side of town.
Chief executive of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths gave the BBC's Nima Aby Wardeh a tour of Al Maktoum International.