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  • ULTIMATE AIRPORT DUBAI 3

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Less than 55 years ago, Dubai International Airport was a vast desert of sand. But today, it is a modern mecca of international air travel. With 344,000 flights, 57 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo flying in and out each year, it is the world’s third busiest airport for international passengers. National Geographic Channel go behind-the-scenes of Dubai International’s three massive terminals, including Terminal 3 – the largest building on earth by floor space, measuring 359 football pitches in size! With unprecedented access to all facets of this mega facility, the series follows some of the 60,000 staff working hard to keep it safe, secure, and on schedule. From Air Traffic Control handling emergency landings, customs intercepting suspected drug smugglers and engineers taking apart multi-million dollar jets to dealing with late flights and angry passengers, cargo headaches and even the construction of brand new USD$3.2 billion dollar terminal, NGC provides a 360-degree view of this “ultimate airport.”

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 1
    During the night-time rush hour, Air Traffic Controller George Perkins gets the call all controllers dread: a plane needs to make an emergency landing at Dubai after an engine shutdown. He has to clear the runway and scramble the emergency services for a landing that could shutter the airport. Airport Services Manager Mel Sabharwal is called in to find out why a transit passenger has live snakes in her bag. In preparation for an ambitious programme of runway repairs, Jumah Al-Mazrooie inspects the overspill airport and finds dangerous debris, storm drains full of sand, and a CCTV system that isn't working. Customs Officers detain a suspicious passenger and find 14kg of heroin secreted in the lining of his suitcase. And Carl Perkins has to avoid damaging expensive cars while loading them into a plane's cargo hold.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Episode 1
    During the night-time rush hour, Air Traffic Controller George Perkins gets the call all controllers dread: a plane needs to make an emergency landing at Dubai after an engine shutdown. He has to clear the runway and scramble the emergency services for a landing that could shutter the airport. Airport Services Manager Mel Sabharwal is called in to find out why a transit passenger has live snakes in her bag. In preparation for an ambitious programme of runway repairs, Jumah Al-Mazrooie inspects the overspill airport and finds dangerous debris, storm drains full of sand, and a CCTV system that isn't working. Customs Officers detain a suspicious passenger and find 14kg of heroin secreted in the lining of his suitcase. And Carl Perkins has to avoid damaging expensive cars while loading them into a plane's cargo hold.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 1
    In an airport where time is money, a routine tail-fin repair on a $208 million dollar A330 jet hangs in the balance; two trainee Airside Operations Controllers have to guide multi-million dollar aircraft precisely to their parking stands; and with the airport near full capacity handling 57 million passengers a year, the new $3.2 billion concourse is trialed to test if it's on schedule to receive 15 million new passengers and 33 of the world's biggest passenger jets - the mighty $389 million dollar Airbus A380.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 1
    During the night-time rush hour, Air Traffic Controller George Perkins gets the call all controllers dread: a plane needs to make an emergency landing at Dubai after an engine shutdown. He has to clear the runway and scramble the emergency services for a landing that could shutter the airport. Airport Services Manager Mel Sabharwal is called in to find out why a transit passenger has live snakes in her bag. In preparation for an ambitious programme of runway repairs, Jumah Al-Mazrooie inspects the overspill airport and finds dangerous debris, storm drains full of sand, and a CCTV system that isn't working. Customs Officers detain a suspicious passenger and find 14kg of heroin secreted in the lining of his suitcase. And Carl Perkins has to avoid damaging expensive cars while loading them into a plane's cargo hold.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 2
    Firefighters rush to the aid of a 777 full of passengers that touches down with smoking landing gear; a man loses his son in the world's biggest airport terminal just minutes before their plane is due to depart; two passengers arrive at Customs with bags stuffed full of the most expensive wood in the world; staff at the airport's exclusive VIP Service prepare for the arrival of footballing legend Pele; and the airport engineering team gears up for a construction project that will put the whole airport's operation and reputation on the line.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 2
    With over a million people passing through Dubai International Airport each week, keeping passengers on the move is an increasingly difficult challenge for airport staff. Ultimate Airport follows engineers narrowly averting a crisis in the 55 mile (90 km) baggage system; rookie cabin crew find out if they have what it takes to fly, and the construction team behind the new concourse feel the heat as more than 200 volunteers test whether it's ready to be used by the public.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Episode 2
    Firefighters rush to the aid of a 777 full of passengers that touches down with smoking landing gear; a man loses his son in the world's biggest airport terminal just minutes before their plane is due to depart; two passengers arrive at Customs with bags stuffed full of the most expensive wood in the world; staff at the airport's exclusive VIP Service prepare for the arrival of footballing legend Pele; and the airport engineering team gears up for a construction project that will put the whole airport's operation and reputation on the line.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 2
    Firefighters rush to the aid of a 777 full of passengers that touches down with smoking landing gear; a man loses his son in the world's biggest airport terminal just minutes before their plane is due to depart; two passengers arrive at Customs with bags stuffed full of the most expensive wood in the world; staff at the airport's exclusive VIP Service prepare for the arrival of footballing legend Pele; and the airport engineering team gears up for a construction project that will put the whole airport's operation and reputation on the line.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 3
    A new plane park has been created to house a fleet of Boeing 777s during the airport's 80 day, billion dollar runway upgrade project, but there is a massive slope to get in and out of it. Pushback Operator Mark Dearden's skills are put to the test as he finds out if he can tow a 300 ton plane down the entry slope without careering out of control. Customs Officers find five huge packages hidden in the bottom of a passenger's luggage. If the powder inside tests positive for heroin, it'll be the biggest drugs haul at the airport in 10 years. And Line Maintenance Engineer Andy Tetley is called onto a plane with a defunct air conditioning system and a temperature of over 110 degrees. He has only a few hours to find out what is wrong and cool it down before it's due to take off.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 3
    A new plane park has been created to house a fleet of Boeing 777s during the airport's 80 day, billion dollar runway upgrade project, but there is a massive slope to get in and out of it. Pushback Operator Mark Dearden's skills are put to the test as he finds out if he can tow a 300 ton plane down the entry slope without careering out of control. Customs Officers find five huge packages hidden in the bottom of a passenger's luggage. If the powder inside tests positive for heroin, it'll be the biggest drugs haul at the airport in 10 years. And Line Maintenance Engineer Andy Tetley is called onto a plane with a defunct air conditioning system and a temperature of over 110 degrees. He has only a few hours to find out what is wrong and cool it down before it's due to take off.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 3
    At Dubai International, one of the busiest airports in the world, the pressure is always on. Sixty thousand staff work round the clock to keep everything running to schedule. In this episode, engines, cargo and construction materials all go missing - pushing an airport already near capacity, to breaking point.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Episode 3
    A new plane park has been created to house a fleet of Boeing 777s during the airport's 80 day, billion dollar runway upgrade project, but there is a massive slope to get in and out of it. Pushback Operator Mark Dearden's skills are put to the test as he finds out if he can tow a 300 ton plane down the entry slope without careering out of control. Customs Officers find five huge packages hidden in the bottom of a passenger's luggage. If the powder inside tests positive for heroin, it'll be the biggest drugs haul at the airport in 10 years. And Line Maintenance Engineer Andy Tetley is called onto a plane with a defunct air conditioning system and a temperature of over 110 degrees. He has only a few hours to find out what is wrong and cool it down before it's due to take off.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 4
    More than a million passengers pass through Dubai International Airport every week. Behind the scenes 60,000 people from across the globe are hard at work. From ensuring the safety of the runway surface to dealing with drunken passengers, this episode of Ultimate Airport" offers a rare chance to get to know the unsung men and women carrying out the often overlooked but vital tasks that make this multi-billion dollar airport run smoothly."
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 4
    More than a million passengers pass through Dubai International Airport every week. Behind the scenes 60,000 people from across the globe are hard at work. From ensuring the safety of the runway surface to dealing with drunken passengers, this episode of Ultimate Airport" offers a rare chance to get to know the unsung men and women carrying out the often overlooked but vital tasks that make this multi-billion dollar airport run smoothly."
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 4
    More than a million passengers pass through Dubai International Airport every week. Behind the scenes 60,000 people from across the globe are hard at work. From ensuring the safety of the runway surface to dealing with drunken passengers, this episode of Ultimate Airport" offers a rare chance to get to know the unsung men and women carrying out the often overlooked but vital tasks that make this multi-billion dollar airport run smoothly."
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 5
    To maintain its place as one of the busiest airports in the world, Dubai International needs to run like clockwork. Failure in any single department can have major consequences across the whole airport. This episode follows an emergency in air traffic control that leads to a runway closure, a huge task to re-number every departure gate in the airport while it is operational, and the mounting tension on the building site of a new $3.2 billion terminal extension - built specifically to accommodate the A380, the world's biggest passenger airliner.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 5
    To maintain its place as one of the busiest airports in the world, Dubai International needs to run like clockwork. Failure in any single department can have major consequences across the whole airport. This episode follows an emergency in air traffic control that leads to a runway closure, a huge task to re-number every departure gate in the airport while it is operational, and the mounting tension on the building site of a new $3.2 billion terminal extension - built specifically to accommodate the A380, the world's biggest passenger airliner.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 5
    To maintain its place as one of the busiest airports in the world, Dubai International needs to run like clockwork. Failure in any single department can have major consequences across the whole airport. This episode follows an emergency in air traffic control that leads to a runway closure, a huge task to re-number every departure gate in the airport while it is operational, and the mounting tension on the building site of a new $3.2 billion terminal extension - built specifically to accommodate the A380, the world's biggest passenger airliner.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 6
    In this episode, an incoming aircraft with a hydraulics problem threatens to bring every flight to a halt; 40,000 thousand feet above a virtual Dubai, two trainee A380 pilots simulate an almost identical emergency; an inspection of the upgraded Southern runway delays the re-opening - bad news for the airport's billion dollar engineering programme and recording artist Cat Stevens is at risk of missing a crucial flight to New York to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, all because of a computer problem at the Departure Gate.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 6
    In this episode, an incoming aircraft with a hydraulics problem threatens to bring every flight to a halt; 40,000 thousand feet above a virtual Dubai, two trainee A380 pilots simulate an almost identical emergency; an inspection of the upgraded Southern runway delays the re-opening - bad news for the airport's billion dollar engineering programme and recording artist Cat Stevens is at risk of missing a crucial flight to New York to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, all because of a computer problem at the Departure Gate.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 6
    To maintain its place as one of the busiest airports in the world, Dubai International needs to run like clockwork. Among the daily challenges for the 60,000 staff who keep the airport on track and on time: Duty Manager Khalil has to help a family stranded in the terminal because they missed their flight but cant afford to buy new tickets; Service Controller Nargis must free a cargo of meat thats shifted during a flight and is now stuck in the desert heat; and CEO of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects Suzanne Al Anani is racing to complete the new $3.2 billion Concourse A with a crucial inspection by a member of the emirates royal family just a week away.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 7
    Dubai International, one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is working close to capacity. Delivering ambitious expansion plans while keeping it on track leads to testing times for the staff. Supervisor Mahmoud Alam has a challenge trying to help a Canadian couple bumped off a flight to their dream holiday; David Robson must greet some temperamental VIP passengers; Dispatcher Nizel has a problem when a brand new 389 million dollar A380 goes missing; and time is running out to finish the first phase of the brand new 3.2 billion dollar concourse in just 18 days.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 7
    Dubai International, one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is working close to capacity. Delivering ambitious expansion plans while keeping it on track leads to testing times for the staff. Supervisor Mahmoud Alam has a challenge trying to help a Canadian couple bumped off a flight to their dream holiday; David Robson must greet some temperamental VIP passengers; Dispatcher Nizel has a problem when a brand new 389 million dollar A380 goes missing; and time is running out to finish the first phase of the brand new 3.2 billion dollar concourse in just 18 days.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 7
    Dubai International, one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is working close to capacity. Delivering ambitious expansion plans while keeping it on track leads to testing times for the staff. Supervisor Mahmoud Alam has a challenge trying to help a Canadian couple bumped off a flight to their dream holiday; David Robson must greet some temperamental VIP passengers; Dispatcher Nizel has a problem when a brand new 389 million dollar A380 goes missing; and time is running out to finish the first phase of the brand new 3.2 billion dollar concourse in just 18 days.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 8
    Dubai Airport is nearing full stretch and passenger numbers are growing, so its opening a $3.2 billion dollar extension to Terminal 3 with 20 new departure gates, but not all of it is ready to launch. In Terminal 3, Passenger Operations is coping with a large group of stranded travelers. The Network Control Centre is trying to keep the Emirates fleet on schedule; and a missing passenger and his bags put their curfew-critical flight to Sydney Australia in jeopardy.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 8
    Dubai Airport is nearing full stretch and passenger numbers are growing, so its opening a $3.2 billion dollar extension to Terminal 3 with 20 new departure gates, but not all of it is ready to launch. In Terminal 3, Passenger Operations is coping with a large group of stranded travelers. The Network Control Centre is trying to keep the Emirates fleet on schedule; and a missing passenger and his bags put their curfew-critical flight to Sydney Australia in jeopardy.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 9
    Dubai International is the global commuter's crossroads. Though the airport and airlines try to prepare for every eventuality, more than one million passengers every week inevitably bring regular and unusual challenges. Throw in the uncontrollable - fog, faulty alarms in the brand new concourse, no show passengers - and it's business as usual for staff who have to think on their feet, fast, to keep the airport running on time, and on track.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 9
    Dubai International is the global commuter's crossroads. Though the airport and airlines try to prepare for every eventuality, more than one million passengers every week inevitably bring regular and unusual challenges. Throw in the uncontrollable - fog, faulty alarms in the brand new concourse, no show passengers - and it's business as usual for staff who have to think on their feet, fast, to keep the airport running on time, and on track.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai 2, 10
    On this episode: John Taylor needs split second timing to drive live runways between takeoffs and landings to look for potentially dangerous debris; missing passengers threaten to wreck Mustapha Bourouche's plans to get the Perth flight away on time; and there are headaches for engineer Mian Talat Abbas as a 208 million dollar A330-200 jet refuses to budge when the parking brake is released.
  • Ultimate Airport Dubai 3: Ultimate Airport Dubai, 10
    On this episode: John Taylor needs split second timing to drive live runways between takeoffs and landings to look for potentially dangerous debris; missing passengers threaten to wreck Mustapha Bourouche's plans to get the Perth flight away on time; and there are headaches for engineer Mian Talat Abbas as a 208 million dollar A330-200 jet refuses to budge when the parking brake is released.
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