Dubai Terminal 1 to undergo preservation as heritage building

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A composite photo of Terminal 1 at the Dubai International Airport then and now.

Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 has been identified as a historic building in Dubai and will undergo preservation and restoration work as part of phase two of a heritage project approved by the Dubai Crown Prince.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, recently approved the second phase of a project to preserve Dubai’s heritage architecture.

Under the project, 35 neighbourhoods, sites and buildings from the 1960s to the 1990s will be restored and preserved, including Terminal 1.

“We have a responsibility to celebrate our history and protect our architectural treasures for future generations. Located in the heart of modern Dubai, these sites bridge the past with the city’s future aspirations. Dubai invites the world to witness its past, present, and the future, all together in one place,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

Dubai International Airport was built in 1959 and opened on September 30, 1960 as Dubai’s first airport. The airport served mainly as refueling stop for small planes and had a single 1,800 metre runway made of compacted sand.

Dubai Airport in the 60s

Since then, Dubai has grown from a relatively unknown city with a tiny airport into a global tourism hub. In the 1970s, the airport was expanded with a three-storey terminal building that is now known as Terminal 1, a new control tower and additional taxiways. The design and planning was led by British architectural firm William Pereira and Associates. Terminal 2 was opened in 1998 and Terminal 3 was opened in 2008.

Since 2000, Terminal 1 has undergone a series of upgrades. In 2014, Dubai International Airport was named the world’s busiest international airport for the first time, recording passenger traffic of 70.4 million that year.

Dubai International Airport currently serves more than 90 million passengers per year. The number is expected to exceed 118 million as expansion works are completed. Dubai is also developing a second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, which will eventually become Dubai’s main airport located in Jebel Ali. ICA/Expat Media

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