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Dubai airport's new concourse. (AP)
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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% increase in traveller numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday.

Dubai Airports said "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.

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