Dubai World Central International Airport or Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW) is the official name of a major airport in Jebel Ali, 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 220 square kilometres (54,000 acres).
At the heart of this huge new community is the Al Maktoum International Airport, planned as the world's largest passenger and cargo hub, ten times larger than Dubai International Airport which covers an area of 29 square kilometres (7,200 acres) and Dubai Cargo Village combined. If completed as planned, the airport will have an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tonnes, and a passenger capacity of up to 160 million people per year- which would be more than Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which handled 90 million people in 2008, and is currently the world's busiest passenger airport. Designed for the future, Al Maktoum International Airport proposes to handle all next-generation aircraft, including the Airbus A380 super-jumbo. Up to four aircraft will be able to land simultaneously, 24 hours a day, minimizing in-air queuing.