Emirate Airline's Network Control at DXB. Image: Jason Rabinowitz.

Emirate Airline’s Network Control at DXB. Image: Jason Rabinowitz.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is a hugely complex, massive, 24-hour machine. Airplanes land, passengers are exchanged, and airplanes takeoff. What goes on behind the scenes to make this seemingly simple task work, however, is anything but simple. Earlier this year, National Geographic UK took their cameras into the depths of Dubai’s airport, giving the public a rare look at operations at the home airport of Emirates.

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The show aired several months ago in various regions, but never made it to the Americas. What the channel guide hides from us, YouTube reveals – all ten episodes are now streaming in HD for anyone to watch. The first episode of the show starts off quite nicely, focusing on the difficulty of getting passengers with short connections across the gigantic terminal, routine mechanical difficulties, and a scramble to finish up construction of a new wing of the terminal.

While any show of this nature will sometimes go a little overboard with the dramatics, the core substance of the show is quite genuine. Of particular interest, Ultimate Airport Dubai gives a rare look at the migrant workers in the city. Almost all managers at the airport are “expats,” from as far as Australia or the UK, while a great deal of employees from the Indian sub-continent keep the airport moving.

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The first of ten episodes in the series is embedded below, while the other nine can be found here.

CORRESPONDENT - NEW YORK, NY. Jason is an #AvGeek that does passenger experience research, data analysis, and writes things about airlines, airplanes and travel. Email: jason@airlinereporter.com.

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Wow, this airport building is so cool, nice design:D

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Thanks, Jason. When I find a little down time I’ll have a look at this NG video on YouTube. Most NG programs are well done and far North of the junk produced by others.

Thanks for posting this.. have watched 6 episodes so far. Really interesting viewing what goes on behind the scenes in getting an aircraft pushed back on time. Also cool seeing the maintenance etc that goes on too!

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