Concourse A

Concourse A, which is part of Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB), opened on January 2nd 2013 with the departure of EK003 to Heathrow London. In its first year of operations the facility handled 22.9 million pieces of luggage and 50,000 flights serving 14.6 million passengers.

Designed for the exclusive use of Emirates airline, Concourse A increased the airport’s total annual capacity from 60 million passengers to 75 million passengers.

Quick Facts

Construction Budget

AED 12 billion (Approx. US$ 3.269 billion)


January 2nd, 2013


528,000 sqm

Code E Gates & related lounges


Code F Gates (A380) and related lounges


Remote stands


Remote lounges


Airline counters


Hotel Rooms

5 Star Hotel = 32 rooms (out of which there are 7 suites); 4 Star Hotel = 170 rooms (out of which there are 30 suites)

Retail Area

Approx. 11,000 sqm

First Class Lounges

Approx.12,438 sqm

Business Class Lounges

Approx.16,553 sqm

No. of Cafes/Restaurants

14 (3 Bars)

Building Length x Width x Height

645m X 90.8m X 42m

No. of Floors

11 floors

Annual Capacity

19 million passengers

  • Concourse A provides a welcome boost to capacity and service.
  • The world’s only purpose built facility for the Airbus A380 (in operation), Concourse A also features the world’s first multi-level boarding for first and business class passengers directly from the respective lounges.
  • It is 90m wide and 645m long, and has a total built-up area of 528,000m2 .
  • The facility features 20 aircraft contact gates, all capable of accommodating the A380, in addition to 13 remote stands.
  • It is a fully airside structure and is connected to the two major public levels of Concourse B and Terminal 3 (T3) via an airport train, in addition to the vehicular and baggage handling system utility tunnels.
  • Concourse A is partially underground comprising the airport train stations (both arriving and departing), and like Concourse B, the lower and upper levels are connected by means of very large elevators that act as the main feature in a central atrium.
  • While the arrival and departure levels are similar to Concourse B, the first and business class levels are further split up and are located one above the other, below the hotel level, which also includes a health club and a business centre.
  • Dubai International Hotel has both four- and five star operations at Concourse A.
  • The construction of the facility required 159,572,880 man-hours and as much as 930,000 m3 of concrete.
  • CA is similar to Concourse B in terms of appearance, but with a smaller footprint. Technically the Concourse A project is an extension and continued development of Concourses C and B.