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  • 2015-10-28T10:00:00-07:00 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

3x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2015-10-28T10:00:00-07:00 — 45 mins

Phil faces an emergency threatening to shut down the airport, Mel is pushed to the limit by two drunk passengers, Hassan catches a smuggler who has swallowed capsules, concourse construction continues and mechanics prepare for a Boeing 777-200 for take-off.

3x02 Episode 2

  • 2015-10-28T10:00:00-07:00 — 45 mins

Mel deals with the fallout of a cancelled flight to Pakistan, Carl carefully deals with incorrectly packed explosives from Germany, Myles tries to keep his multi-billion dollar project on track, and a new system which could revolutionise the airport is trialled.

3x03 Episode 3

  • 2015-11-04T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

A serious engine problem threatens massive delays, an onboard theft has Mel dealing with drama, Hassan catches a passenger attempting to smuggle diamonds internally and Paul must find a way to get two 9 tonne escalators through a small doorway.

3x04 Episode 4

  • 2015-11-11T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

An emergency call from a passenger has Mel dealing with a worst case scenario, Nizel has a critical decision to make regarding a partially loaded cargo plane, a trainee firefighter attempts to put out a fuel fire and Nizalman tests a refurbished engine.

3x05 Episode 5

  • 2015-11-18T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

Georg deals with a medical emergency, a plane with ice on its wings diverts passengers away from Dubai, rain leaks into concourse D threatening a ceiling collapse, two trainee firefighters continue training in a search and rescue exercise, Jo must rush a Chinese tour group onto their flight and Lee attempts to fix a lightning damaged aircraft.

3x06 Episode 6

  • 2015-11-18T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

Engineers attempt to recover two bolts from deep inside a Boeing 777 engine, a Chinese family with no cash are forced to find a way to pay an excess baggage fee, Aref inspects a suspect package which may contain illegal drugs, contractors continue work in concourse D ahead of a boarding gate test, and trainee firefighters must battle a simulated cargo fire.

3x07 Episode 7

  • 2015-11-25T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

Engineers attempt to recover two bolts from deep inside a Boeing 777 engine, a Chinese family with no cash are forced to find a way to pay an excess baggage fee, Aref inspects a suspect package which may contain illegal drugs, contractors continue work in concourse D ahead of a boarding gate test, and trainee firefighters must battle a simulated cargo fire.

3x08 Episode 8

  • 2015-11-25T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

A male passenger who possibly has ebola arrives in terminal 3, Leigh must find the source of a strange oddur in the cabin of a Boeing 777, Myles prepares concourse D for an upcoming passenger trial, customs searches a shipment of counterfeit goods and Ian races against time to install decal stickers on an Airbus A380.

3x09 Episode 9

  • 2015-12-02T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

Leigh tries to find the cause of a hydraulic leak, Myles must fix problems in concourse D before a wayfinding trial can proceed, Carl deals with top priority aid cargo destined for victims of the Nepal earthquake and a man carrying fake passports is stopped at the border.

3x10 Episode 10

  • 2015-12-09T09:00:00-08:00 — 45 mins

A smuggler is caught with 2,000 bottles of forbidden medication, Nizel prepares a shipment of $20 million cash destined for London, and Dubai Airports owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum inspects the newly constructed concourse D.

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