Al Ain International Airport is the smaller of two airports located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, roughly eight miles (18km) northwest of the resort city of Al Ain. The Al Ain Airport (also known as Matar al-Ayn ad-Dowaly Airport in Arabic) has only one terminal, one runway and an airline taxiway. At present seven airlines operate from this small airport.
With only a few regional carriers using this modest airport (most others choose the large and glitzy Abu Dhabi International Airport instead), passengers have a limited choice of destinations. Most flights to Al Ain Airport come from regional or neighboring countries such as India, Qatar, Pakistan and Jordan.
There is a large expansion program set for this airport, which promises to include the Al Ain Aerospace Cluster – a center for economic development, technology and innovation.