The gateway, which retains its status as the world's busiest international airport after handling 83.6 million passengers in 2016, served cake to passengers and showcased Chinese culture during a day of celebrations.
“Our goal is to engage and delight our customers with culture and entertainment that reflects and celebrates that diversity,” says Dubai Airports' vice president for media and brand engagement, Helen Mellor-Mitchell.
China is a fast growing and important market for Dubai Airports with 2.86 million passengers.
Six airlines (Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Emirates) serve ten destinations (Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Urumqi, Wuhan, Yinchuan) with 14 daily flights.
In 2016 four new services were launched from Dubai International Airport (DXB) including Air China’s service to Chongqing, China Southern Airlines’ flight to Wuhan, Emirates’ flight to Yinchuan and Sichuan Airlines’ service to Chengdu.
Strong trade and commerce ties, along with Dubai’s attractiveness as a tourism destination are anticipated to contribute to continued robust growth between the two markets.
Talking about another record breaking year of traffic growth at DXB, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “After emerging as the world’s number one airport for international passengers in 2014, DXB has firmly established itself as the leader in that category.
"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.
"We continue to enable that growth and enhance the passenger experience with top flight infrastructure, streamlined processes and technology.
"Our focus in 2017 and beyond will be on making the airport experience even more delightful, engaging and comfortable for our customers.
"Our DXB Plus programme will see a series of new and unique initiatives and technologies introduced at the airport to make DXB not only the busiest but also the world’s best international airport.”