The Dubai government’s single largest urban land
development project, Dubai World Central (DWC) – the 140 square
kilometre urban aviation city under construction in south west
Dubai – will go live in its first phase of operation when DWC-Al
Maktoum International Airport opens in June 2010.
The confirmation from His
Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai
Aviation City Corporation, came prior to this year’s
edition of the Airport Show being held from May 19-21 at Dubai
Airport Expo which is expected to throw the spotlight on the
region’s ongoing Dhs 220 billion airport infrastructure
“Our vision for Dubai is to be an unparalleled
global commercial, trade and transportation hub with a unique
integrated multi-modal logistics platform in DWC which will change
all known air, land and sea transportation parameters,” said HH
“At the core of this airport city will be the
world’s largest airport, DWC-Al Maktoum International, which once
operational next year will not only draw business and trade to it
but also create huge residential and commercial opportunities.
“While we have extended the opening date of the project to
accommodate all related construction, licensing and regulatory
standards, we have not lost sight of the long-term vision of
Dubai’s most strategically important infrastructure development
which is designed to support Dubai’s aviation, tourism, commercial
and logistics requirements until 2050 and beyond.”
Aviation City Corporation incorporates both Dubai World Central
and Dubai Airports Company.
Meanwhile, Dubai Logistics City
(DLC), a core component of DWC’s multi-modal proposition, has
begun licensing completed warehouses and logistics offices and
handing over facilities to tenants to commence operations on-site.
At the airport, the construction of the first of its 16 cargo
terminals has been completed, well on its way to achieving the
project’s ultimate goal of having an annual cargo capacity of 12
million tonnes. With a capacity of 200,000 tonnes and spread over
41,000 square metres of built up area, the terminal’s capacity can
be expanded to 600,000 tonnes, if required.
of Dubai World Central’s first cargo terminal is a significant
milestone in the project’s history,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed.
“Dubai’s forward looking government continues to support DWC’s
thrust towards building a facility which will not only enable
trade and commerce to continue in these troubled economic times,
but also look positively at how DWC can support the future of
business in the Middle East.”
The first passenger terminal
too is 80% complete with MEP works ongoing. This terminal will
have an eventual capacity of seven million passengers with the
airport’s ultimate capacity being 160 million annually.
“Construction on all related infrastructure works is continuing
with all our stakeholders recognising the fact that Dubai World
Central is a committed Dubai government project; and once the
global economic recession tides out its cycle, work towards its
final master plan will resume at its original pace,” explained HH
Another major achievement is the construction
of the Middle East’s tallest free standing Air Traffic Control
(ATC) tower which has been completed. Currently, the tower is
being fitted with all the required navigational aids.
Standing at 91
metres, the ATC facility also includes a separate technical block
of 6,000 square metres which will house offices, operations,
technical rooms, flight simulators and a meteor observation cabin.
In addition, the facility has an airside / landside
interface with secured access to airside, offering air traffic
controllers the ability to handle multiple airborne airplanes as
well as on-ground aircraft.
“The completion of construction
of the ATC tower at Dubai World Central is a giant step forward
for the region’s aviation sector which has constantly seen growth
every year,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed. “The completion of these
facilities indicates the progress we are making towards the
opening of the airport next year and eventually of the entire
development across its several components.”
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