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Dubai- Dubai International cemented its title as the world`s busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveler numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday.

According to Dubai Airports operator “near record numbers” in December had pushed annual traffic at the Gulf hub to 83,654,250 passengers, compared with 78,014,838 in 2015.

The airport, which serves as the home of Emirates airline, became the world`s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic in 2014.

“With our new forecast for 89 million passengers in 2017, DXB is closing the gap on Atlanta and Beijing for the top spot in overall traffic,” Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths in a statement.

Saudi Arabia was the second busiest route with 6.08 million passengers going to the country from Dubai International, up 11.3 per cent from 2015, followed by the UK at 6.06 million passengers, up by 6.7 per cent.

London, Doha and Mumbai were the top destination choices from Dubai International. The number of passengers from eastern Europe showed the steepest rise, at 17.5 per cent, followed by Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

The airport announced in February it was expanding its annual capacity to 90 million passengers with the opening of a new concourse.

Griffiths said at the time that Dubai Airports was expecting to receive 85 million passengers in 2016.

Situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to experience prodigious growth in recent years.

Dubai`s second airport, Al-Maktoum International, opened in 2013 and will be capable of receiving 120 million passengers a year once fully operational.

Dubai, UAE, will be the host city for the 2020 World Expo (exposition), to be held from October 2020 to April 2021, with the theme slogan "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." The trend of visitors to Dubai expected to be continued as the dynamic city is preparing for the largest ever event in UAE.