The total eclipsed the previous record of 7.6 million set in July, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.
The August 2016 total is 6.1% up on the corresponding month last year and ensure that 55.8 million passengers (+6.9%) have passed through the UAE gateway in the first eight months of 2016.
According to Dubai Airports, the seasonal rush of travellers, in particular UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, boosted the traffic leading to a bumper month.
Spurred by additional capacity and new services launched by a number of carriers including Emirates and flydubai, Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (67.9%), followed by Asia (13%), South America (11.7%), and the Indian Subcontinent (11.7%).
India remained the top destination country (924,256 passengers), followed by the UK (584,508 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (535,280 passengers).
London was the top destination city with 371,320 passengers followed closely by Doha (252,616 passengers) and Kuwait (240,712 passengers).
Baku (+284.5%) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Mashhad (118.6%) and Boston (88.2%) – growth on the routes boosted by increased capacity.
The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 237 – one of the highest DXB has ever seen.
Dubai International handled freight totalling 201,100 tonnes in August compared to 207,427 tonnes recorded in August 2015, a contraction of 3.1%.
Year to date cargo reached 1,686,277 tonnes, up 2.4% compared to 1,645,815 tonnes recorded during the first eight months last year.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports says: “Consecutive months with record breaking traffic is a great way to mark the 56th anniversary of DXB which occurred last week.
"Looking back it’s astonishing to see how quickly a tiny airport that was once a refuelling stop for airlines has turned into the world’s number one international hub.
"Over these five and a half decades, DXB has welcomed more than three quarters of a billion passengers.
“As we continue to grow, our focus will continue to operate not only the world’s busiest airports but also the world’s best in terms of customer service."