Dubai World Central International Airport or Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW) is the official name of a major international airport in Jebel Ali, 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) south west of Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. Previous working names have included "Jebel Ali International Airport", "Jebel Ali Airport City", and "Dubai World Central International Airport". It has been named after the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai.
It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world's first truly integrated logistics platform, with most transport modes, logistics and value-added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single free economic zone. The new airport will cover an area of 55,000 acres (220 sq km).
The airport is referred to as "the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis", with a projected annual capacity of 12 million tonnes (12,000,000 long tons; 13,000,000 short tons) of freight and between 160 million and 260 million passengers, an ambitious goal that is twice the capacity of any other planned development worldwide. Currently, however, only a handful of airlines operate out of Al Maktoum International Airport in terms of passenger services, which just recently began in late 2013.