Figures released at end of 2014 from the Airports Council International revealed that 68.95 million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport in the year to September 2014. The surge in passengers saw the airport fly over the top of Heathrow, which fell into second place with 67.81 million passengers, and Hong Kong, which received 61.87 million passengers.
On a monthly basis, Dubai International Airport falls below Atlanta's airport - the busiest domestic airport in the world - and is still below London Heathrow, with the UK capital's flagship hub receiving 6.6 million passengers versus Dubai's 5.9 million. Nonetheless, the UAE is becoming a global hub for long-haul travel.
The figures arrive as development continues on Al Maktoum International Airport, in Dubai World Central, which aims to be the world's biggest airport with a capacity for 160 million passengers annually. As far as this emirate's concerned, the sky's the limit.