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  • 2013-09-05T13:00:00-04:00 on National Geographic (US)
  • 45 mins
  • 7 hours, 30 mins
  • United Arab Emirates
  • English
  • Documentary

Less than 55 years ago, Dubai International Airport was a vast desert of sand.

Today, it is a modern mecca of international air travel.

With a staggering 344,000 flights, 57 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo flying in and out each year, it is the worlds third busiest airport for international passengers.

In Ultimate Airport Dubai, step behind-the-scenes of Dubai Internationals three massive terminals, including Terminal 3 the largest building on earth by floor space, measuring 359 football pitches in size!

With unprecedented access to all facets of this mega facility, the series follows some of the 60,000 staff working hard to keep it safe, secure, and on schedule.

10 episodes

1x01 Billion Dollar Concourse

  • Series Premiere

    2013-09-05T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The new concourse is trialed to test if it's on schedule to receive 15 million passengers and 33 of the mighty 389-million-dollar Airbus A380s.

1x02 The Hard Shift

  • 2013-09-12T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The construction team behind the new concourse feel the heat as more than 200 volunteers test whether it's ready to be used by the public.

1x03 Lost Cargo

  • 2013-09-19T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The pressure is on as engines, cargo and construction materials all go missing - pushing an airport already near-capacity to breaking point.

1x04 Crystal Customs

  • 2013-09-26T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Customs find crystal meth in the luggage of a passenger from Ghana and a pigeon delays an Emirates flight at Manchester.

1x05 Domino Effect

  • 2013-10-03T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The Airport Services Manager deals with passengers getting connections to Australia. They must depart on time, or the flights cannot land.

1x06 Stranded

  • 2013-10-10T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Duty Manager Khalil has to help a family stranded in the terminal, while Controller Nargis must free a cargo of meat stuck in the desert heat.

1x07 Holiday on Delay

  • 2013-10-17T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

David Robson must greet some temperamental VIP passengers and Dispatcher Nizel has a problem when a brand-new A380 goes missing.

1x08 Missing Passenger

  • 2013-10-24T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Passenger Operations has to cope with a group of stranded tourists, and a missing passenger puts a curfew-critical flight to Sydney in jeopardy.

1x09 Ring the Alarm

  • 2013-10-31T13:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Although Dubai International tries to prepare for every scenario, more than one million passengers each week inevitably bring unusual challenges.

1x10 Dangerous Debris

  • 2013-11-07T12:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Missing passengers threaten to seriously delay a flight to Perth. Meanwhile, there are headaches for engineers when a $208million jet refuses to start