Sharjah Airport has opened a Dh40 million extension that could increase its capacity to 20 million passengers per year by 2025.
The 4,000 square metre expansion features four new gates, nine waiting areas, modern security equipment and rooms for people with reduced mobility.
It also includes new restaurants and a duty free shop as the airport lays the groundwork for a post Covid-19 world.
Ali Al Midfa, chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority, said the expansion would “enhance the position of the emirate of Sharjah on the global travel map".
“The project will contribute to making the aspirations of the aviation sector and sustainable development a reality on the ground," he said.
The expansion coincides with a major maintenance programme across the airport including a redesign of the entrance to arrivals, refreshing customer service counters and new lighting at the aircraft stands.
Sharjah Airport's first and business class lounges have also been upgraded.
Sharjah is the hub for Air Arabia, which has also linked up with UAE flag-carrier Etihad, to provide a low-cost airline in Abu Dhabi.
According to Sharjah airport authorities, more than 13 million passengers came through airport in 2019.