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The Rise of Dubai as the Crossroads of Modern Aviation

Excerpt from New York Times

Jun 19, 2014 8:34 am

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The story of 21st century travel will have a big chapter on Dubai.

— Jason Clampet

Report: The Rise of the Silent Traveler

Jumana El Heloueh  / Reuters

Travellers are seen at the Emirates terminal at Dubai International Airport. Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters


From its humble beginning as a refueling stop for travelers with no desire to linger in an inhospitable corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai’s airport has recently overtaken Heathrow Airport in London as the world’s busiest international air travel hub. Just a decade ago, Dubai ranked as the 45th-largest international hub.

Dubai’s rise as a modern crossroads connecting East and West — with the name of its hometown airline, Emirates, adorning the jerseys of the world’s best soccer teams and sponsoring Formula One car racing and the United States Open — is a tale of globalization and ambition, and an audacious bet on the future of air travel.

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