Drive for a little over an hour and a half along the UAE’s highway E311 and you will pass no fewer than four international airports, each at a very different stage of development. Starting at Sharjah – base of one of the Middle East’s leading low-cost airlines, Air Arabia – you will soon arrive at the turn-off to Dubai International. Emirates’ home airport has long since left London Heathrow in its wake as the world’s busiest international hub and, with passenger numbers racing towards 100 million, is straining to add capacity within a perimeter that cannot be extended.
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