Staff Writer

Jan 16th 2017

Along with people and planes, the world’s busiest international airport, DXB, handles a staggering volume of luggage. So much so that it’s home to one of the world’s biggest baggage systems.

DXB processes 55 million bags per year, or 50,000 pieces in three hours during busy periods.

Let’s put it another way. In just 20 minutes, DXB handles enough bags which, if stacked, would reach the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

The operation requires a finely tuned network of conveyor belts, which totals 148.5km. To put things in perspective, that’s roughly the distance between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or Nice and Genoa, or Brussels and Rotterdam.

This makes up a surface area equivalent to 75 football fields. It has 15,000 trays and is powered by 21,000 motors.

The intricacies of DXB’s high tech baggage system were recently highlighted in the fascinating BBC documentary, Cities in the Sky.

You can get some further glimpses in this behind-the-scenes video.