Dubai World Central (DWC) is a master-planned city centering on the Al Maktoum International Airport, which will become the world’s largest airport upon completion. The airport will have capacity to handle over 200 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Designed to be ‘The Centre of Tomorrow’, the city spans approximately 145 square kilometers and is currently one of the biggest urban developments in the UAE.

DWC has eight integrated districts:
1. Residential
2. Commercial
3. Logistics
4. Aviation
5. Humanitarian
6. Golf
7. Exhibition
8. The Al Maktoum International Airport

Additionally, DWC has a Business Park, an economic free zone located at the gateway of Dubai World Central.

The DWC project was launched in 2006 as a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai and is aligned with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021, which envisions the emirate as the preferred place to live, work and invest.

Ultimately, the city will support a population of one million people.


Dubai is a vital connection point between East and West. Facilitating the global flow of goods, services and ideas, Dubai’s foreign trade amounted to US$ 361 billion in 2013. Furthermore, the emirate’s location positions it as a gateway to the emerging MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia), which is home to 23% of the world’s population, and whose combined GDP is projected to touch US$12.8 trillion by 2022-2023.

DWC further cements Dubai’s leading position as a logistics and trade hub. It is seamlessly connected to Jebel Ali Port (the largest container port between Singapore and Rotterdam) via the dedicated Logistics Corridor. This link enables the formation of a single customs-bonded zone, reducing time on the ground and accelerating the flow of sea-to-air cargo.

DWC enjoys direct access to the major trans-emirate road networks. Etihad Rail and Dubai Metro will also have dedicated terminals at Dubai World Central, making DWC a true multimodal logistics platform providing unprecedented levels of connectivity, speed and efficiency.


Today, as businesses demand faster speeds of delivery and greater levels of connectivity, aviation has emerged as a major contributor to global economic prosperity.

As per PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global aviation industry generated revenues of US$2.4 trillion – about 3.4% of the world’s GDP. Direct benefits, namely, employment and economic activity generated by the air transport industry, are estimated at about US$606 billion; indirect benefits generated by employment and economic activity of suppliers of the air transport industry at US$697 billion.

Aviation also plays a key role in enabling the economic growth of countries which rely on major hubs such as Dubai, where aviation generates about 28% of the emirate’s GDP.

As an integrated urban ecosystem, DWC is designed to leverage on the dynamics of the aviation industry. The city is organized into eight distinctive districts: the Al Maktoum International Airport, Aviation District, Logistics District, Commercial District, Residential District, Exhibition District, Golf District and Humanitarian District.

All districts – some of which are free zones – are designed to function in an integrated way and offer unique value to the industries, businesses, professionals and families based there.

Leading logistics businesses such as Aramex, Kuehne + Nagel, and Panalpina are taking advantage of Dubai World Central’s dedicated Logistics District to grow their businesses within the region and beyond.


In recent years, the Middle East has emerged as the center of the global aviation industry. With powerful players such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways breaking records and bucking industry trends with remarkable growth and ambitious expansion plans, the region is a key market for companies throughout the entire aviation supply chain.

A dedicated aviation district has been designed with both landside and airside access to the Al Maktoum International Airport to capitalize on the opportunities. DWC is committed to creating a viable aviation industry cluster and encouraging the development of FBO’s, MRO’s, manufacturers, education institutions, consulting and other aviation-related businesses to service and meet the growing demands of the region.

This ambitious, multi-phased development is an example of Dubai’s bold and visionary spirit and is managed by the Dubai Aviation City Corporation under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.