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Ultimate Airport Dubai

All Episodes 2013 - 2015

  • Ended
  • National Geographic (US)
  • 2013-09-29T02:00:00+02:00
  • 45 mins
  • 22 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.

30 episodes

1x01 Billion Dollar Concourse

  • Series Premiere

    2013-09-05T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-09-12T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-09-19T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-09-26T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-10-03T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-10-10T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-10-17T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-10-24T19:00:00+02:00 — 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

  • 2013-10-31T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2013-11-07T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

2x01 Snakes

  • Season Premiere

    2014-10-29T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Workers in the signal tower hear news that an A380 with a faulty engine will be making an emergency landing on one of the runways, while a passenger travelling to Kuwait is found to have a suitcase full of snakes

2x02 Firefighters

  • 2014-10-29T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Firefighters rush to the aid of a Boeing 777 full of passengers, while a man loses his son in the airport terminal

2x03 Customs Officers

  • 2014-11-05T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Customs officers uncover what could be their biggest drugs haul in 10 years, and an engineer races against the clock when a fault is found on a plane two hours before take-off

2x04 Crystal Meth

  • 2014-11-12T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Staff members come under increased stress when an emergency landing threatens to shut down the airport. At customs, officers uncover a significant amount of crystal meth

2x05 Faulty Planes

  • 2014-11-19T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Faulty planes, awkward cargo and missing passengers cause havoc for staff working the night shift at Dubai International, when up to 34 planes can land every hour

2x06 Airport Emergency

  • 2014-11-26T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A fault on an incoming plane threatens to close the airport. Meanwhile, another technical hitch threatens to make Cat Stevens miss his induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame

2x07 A380 Maintenance

  • 2014-12-03T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Staff confront a passenger travelling on a fake passport. Meanwhile, six years after its purchase, the first Emirates Airlines Airbus receives a thorough maintenance check.

2x08 Cocaine Customs

  • 2014-12-10T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Customs officers discover $135,000 worth of cocaine hidden among a passenger's shirts, while things go wrong when staff test out a spare parking space for a plane.

2x09 Racehorses

  • 2014-12-17T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

Customs are suspicious of a man carrying uncut diamonds in his luggage and a cargo of racehorses from France poses a logistical challenge.

2x10 Aircraft Makeover

  • 2014-12-24T18:00:00+01:00 — 45 mins

A passenger jet comes into the Aircraft Appearance Centre to get a makeover. The airport’s double runway overhaul is unveiled.

3x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2015-10-28T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-10-28T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-04T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-11T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-18T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-18T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-25T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-11-25T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-12-02T18:00:00+01:00 — 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

  • 2015-12-09T18:00:00+01:00 — 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.