Dubai international airport was built in 1959, when Sheik Rashid bin Saeed Maktoum first ordered construction. It was inaugurated in 1960 with Dc-3 plane flights and was home to nine airlines. Today the airport accepts all kinds of jets. On 3 July 1988, Iran Air Flight which was on a Tehran-Bandar Abbar-Dubai route was shot down by USS Vincennes between Bandar Abbas and Dubai due to the aircraft overflying a combat zone. An estimated 300 people were killed in the incident.
Airlines with regular services to Dubai include : * Air Blue (Karachi) * Aero Asia International (Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawer, Faislabad, Multan) * Aeroflot (Moscow/Sheremetyevo) * Air Algerie (Algiers) * Air China (Beijing) * Air France (Paris/CDG) * Air India (Mumbai, New Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode) * Air Kazakstan * Alitalia (Milan/Malpensa) * Austrian Airlines (Vienna) * Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku) * Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka) * British Airways (London/Heathrow) * Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) * Condor * Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) * Daallo (Dubai, Djibouti, Hargesia, London, Mogadishu, Paris) * Dragonair * Egypt Air (Cairo) * Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Accra, Alexandria, Amman, Athens, Auckland, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beirut, Birmingham, Brisbane, Cairo, Casablanca, Christchurch, Colombo, Damascus, Damman, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dusseldorf, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait City, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, London/Gatwick, London/Heathrow, Manchester, Manila, Mauritius, Melbourne, Milan/Malpensa, Moscow/Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, New York/JFK, Nice, Paris/CDG, Perth, Peshawar, Rome/Fiumicino, Riyadh, Sanaa, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Tehran, Tokyo/Narita, Tripoli, Valletta,