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Dubai International Airport Maintains its Lead

Dubai International Airport (DIA) has retained its title as what is said to be the world's number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in December 2016.

The hub's annual traffic propelled to 83.6 million passengers for the respective year, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator, Dubai Airports.

With monthly passenger traffic breaching the seven million mark six times during 2016, including the historic figure of 7.72 million travellers in August, DIA's annual traffic in 2016 totalled 83,65 million passengers, compared to 78,02 million in 2015, a robust growth of 7.2 percent.

The surge of travellers during the holiday season boosted monthly traffic in December 2016 to 7,71 million, up 9.3 percent compared to 7,05 million recorded in December 2015.

Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said, "After emerging as the world's number one airport for international passengers in 2014, DIA has firmly established itself as the leader in that category […]"