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Zayed’s legacy fondly remembered on Humanitarian Day

posted on 24/06/2016

The legacy of the Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, will be fondly remembered today (Friday), the 12th anniversary of his death.

The 19th day of Ramadan is designated as Zayed Humanitarian Day across the country.

Sheikh Zayed, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1966 and UAE President from the formation of the Federation on December 2, 1971 until his death, in 2004, was widely loved and respected as a benevolent Arab and world statesman — he always upheld the principles of benevolence and humanitarian work, and encouraged others all through his life to protect the values of human generosity.

The 12th death anniversary of Sheikh Zayed reminds citizens and residents of the importance of the humanitarian work and the culture of giving as lessons learnt from the late Ruler.

Sheikh Zayed represented generosity and instilled the love of giving in the hearts of his people who should remember him on this day for his humanity that has elevated the UAE to a global humanitarian platform.

As part of his legacy, donor organisations in the UAE respond immediately to people suffering in disaster situations and help refugees requiring assistance.

Help was extended to the world's needy regardless of race, religion or colour, to alleviate the suffering of those affected by conflict and natural disasters and to provide them with a decent living.

Sheikh Zayed had set up the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development well before the establishment of the UAE to help developing countries achieve growth and development through assistance in the form of concessionary loans, development grants and equity participation.

Zayed Humanitarian Day serves as a reminder to follow the example of a leader who was ahead of his time when it came to taking up humanitarian causes.

Sheikh Zayed truly represents the spirit of generosity and giving and is the one who has instilled a love of giving in the hearts of his people.

The UAE, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had always followed the legacy of Sheikh Zayed in providing support for the needy worldwide.

The UAE was named the world's largest donor of official development aid during 2014, relative to its national income, for the second year.

The UAE was named the world's largest donor of official development assistance for two years running after it offered Dh18 billion, representing 1.17 per cent of Gross National Income, and Dh19.84 billion, representing 1.34 per cent of its Gross National Income, respectively, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD commended the UAE's efforts to enhance and support international development.

The report highlighted the merit of the UAE's achievement as the world's biggest donor nation in proportion to the Gross National Income (GNI), noting that none of the DAC member states had made such a large contribution for 50 years.

The UAE exceeded the UN's target of a contribution of 0.7 per cent of GNI, providing 1.34 per cent of its GNI as Official Development Assistance in 2013.

From 1971 to 2004, the UAE has given Dh90.5 billion worth of aid in various forms to 117 countries around the world.

Sheikh Zayed was also very committed to the Palestinian cause. A pan-Arab nationalist, he continuously voiced his concern and discontent at the state of affairs of Palestinians, repeatedly calling upon the international community to help find a fair and just solution to the Middle East conflict.

If during the early 1970s Abu Dhabi's financial reserves were modest, it was because Sheikh Zayed dedicated a significant portion — running into hundreds of millions of dollars — to the Arab world.

The UAE foreign aid covered all continents, with Africa receiving the largest share — Dh21.7 billion between 2009 and 2013. Asia came second with Dh13.4 billion.

During the past 44 years, Asia was the main beneficiary of support and aid money provided, with a total of Dh79.4 billion, followed by Africa with Dh75.4 billion, pumped into development projects such as housing complexes, roads, bridges, power generation plants and others.

The value of development projects and support provided by UAE donor institutions to children over the past 44 years amounted to about Dh2 billion, which were distributed among the health and education sectors, as well as relief programmes and infrastructure.

Giving aid worth Dh1.6 billion, the UAE played a pivotal role in responding to humanitarian crises on the ground in Yemen, thus becoming the second largest donor of humanitarian aid in Yemen globally, according to data released by the UN Financial Tracking Service (FTS).

The total UAE foreign aid granted to Yemen until the end of 2015 amounted to about Dh1.6 billion, dedicated to infrastructure rehabilitation projects to be implemented in Yemen. The total value of the UAE aid to Yemen from 1971 to 2015 amounted to Dh6.65 billion.

Syria has had a large share of UAE aid and support, totalling Dh2.2 billion until the end of 2015. The UAE was at the forefront of countries which came to the aid of the brothers in Syria since 2012.

The UAE's response to the crisis was implemented in Syria and in countries hosting Syrian refugees such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt, including Palestinian refugees in Syria, to benefit up to 1.5 million refugees and displaced people.

This approach is consistent with the humanitarian approach of the UAE's wise leaders who issued directives to provide all forms of assistance and support for refugees in various countries of the world, and make an urgent response delivering relief aid.

The UAE's contribution was made through the UN Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan inside Syria, and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries like Jordan. At the first, second, and third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria held in Kuwait, the UAE pledged the provision of US$460 million.

In order to implement these projects, the UAE collaborated with international partners to provide humanitarian assistance inside Syria and in neighbouring countries aimed at meeting basic humanitarian needs, namely food security and addressing malnutrition suffered by women and children.

The UAE also opened the UAE-Jordanian Mrajib Al Fhood refugee camp and the UAE-funded field hospital in Jordan, and collaborated with a number of countries, including the United Kingdom and Norway, to implement aid projects. The UAE also set up the Emirati Red Crescent camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq.

The UAE has also announced that its aid supported a number of key areas in the 2030 development agenda, including infrastructure development, fighting poverty and hunger, the provision of aid for health care, education, and renewable energy, in addition to the support and empowerment of women. – Gulf News -


Arab media must educate community, Sultan says

posted on 24/06/2016

Arab media officials must be like educators to members of the community so that they can help them benefit, develop and grow, said His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Dr Sheikh Sultan made the remarks as he met with Arab media journalists and officials during his lecture titled "Who are the Arabs”. The event was organised by Sharjah Media Centre at the Sharjah Amphitheatre.

Dr Sheikh Sultan said that many researchers, both Arab and foreign, have asked the question on who the Arabs are. "The question might seem simple, but the topic is quite complex. Through this lecture, I wish to shed light on the Arabs and the Arabic language,” said Dr Sheikh Sultan.

Dr Sheikh Sultan spoke about Prophets in the Quran and the timelines in which they lived. He touched on the descendants of Noah and how they fitted into the topic pertaining to the origins of Arabs. Following the flood, Noah was succeeded by Shem, Ham and Japheth. Descendants of the sons of Noah settled in various parts of the world, and that the ones who have settled here came across people residing in Yemen and reached Hadhramaut.

Dr Sheikh Sultan also spoke about the origins of Nabati poetry. "Nabateans waged many wars and achieved many victories. They completely defeated the Roman army in 312BC. To spread news of their victory, poetry was written and sung, recited and distributed throughout the Arabian Peninsula. News was spread in the form of Nabati poetry,” said Dr Sheikh Sultan.

Speaking about Shamshoun (Samson), a play that he wrote, Dr Sheikh Sultan said: "On the 60th anniversary of the Nakba, I noticed that all papers were decrying Palestine. I was reading the Book of Genesis, and I found that the Jews used to live on the outskirts of cities as outcasts.

"They used to see the Palestinians as exceptional and appreciated them as people of intellect. The play I wrote is fully and properly documented, and I challenged any Jewish writer to refute it if they wanted to, but no one did,” added Dr Sheikh Sultan. – Gulf News -


Mansour bin Zayed attends event to mark Zayed Humanitarian Day

posted on 24/06/2016

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, attended this evening at the Emirates Palace an event held to mark the Zayed Humanitarian Day, in memory of the UAE founder the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Present were H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and a number of officials.

Sheikh Mansour said on the occasion that humanitarian work has become a way of life in the UAE and a cultural value upheld by the leadership and people of the UAE, who are following the foot steps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in promoting giving and playing a positive role in the development of communities.

Sheikh Mansour added that the Khalifa Foundation will continue its humanitarian scheme in the UAE and abroad. He praised the generous contributions by the Foundation's strategic partners.

At the sidelines of the event, sheikh Mansour launched the Khalifa Foundation's book, entitled 'Pioneers of humanitarian works'. The book details the Foundation's achievements since its inception.

He also honoured the 95 sponsors who supported the Foundation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Hamdan bin Zayed: Sheikh Zayed charted a unique approach in support for people

posted on 24/06/2016

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has said that the UAE's foundations for humanitarian work, which were laid by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, are continuously being reinforced under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and developed with the support of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

In a statement to mark Zayed Humanitarian Day, which falls on the 19th day of Ramadan every year, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan added that the late Sheikh Zayed had countless virtues in the field of humanitarian work, through devoting much of his time to understanding the needs of the underprivileged, charting a unique approach in supporting people, and alleviating the suffering caused by conflicts, disasters and civil unrest.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed explained that Sheikh Zayed cemented the UAE as a leader in charity work and deployed the state's resources and capabilities to advocate for the weak and the needy, to protect them from the risks of poverty, disease and illiteracy.

Sheikh Hamdan re-affirmed that Zayed Humanitarian Day, in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed, celebrates the principles that he lived by and is an embodiment of the values to which he dedicated himself: to help those in need, rescue the stricken, and provide relief to the afflicted. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


#Zayed_Humanitarian_Day.. Dr. Alzeyoudi says the generous legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed deeply-rooted in UAE Society

posted on 24/06/2016

Dr. Thani Ahmed Alzeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has stressed that the 19th of Ramadan is a great opportunity to commemorate the legacy of humanitarian aid instilled by the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

It is also a chance to reflect on the values and morals which he had embedded in the UAE, making it a pioneer in humanitarian aid worldwide, he said.

In his statement on Zayed Humanitarian Day, which falls on Friday, Dr. Alzeyoudi said, "The humanitarian initiatives and development projects that the UAE has been implementing around the world, especially within under-developed and poor countries, serve as a tangible proof of this legacy and underline our commitment to humanitarian aid in ensuring delivery of the basic needs, including food, shelter and education."

He indicated, in addition to the this noble legacy, which is deeply rooted in UAE society, the initiatives and projects bolster the UAE's global position and strengthen the country's international presence. Alzeyoudi announced the UAE's plan to increase the humanitarian funding in the coming four years.

The Minister of Climate Change and Environment concluded that "the UAE has always been inspired by the generous legacy of the late big hearted Zayed in establishing a unique model for humanitarian aid that combines immediate physical support in emergencies and disasters and the development of sustainable projects in several key areas around the world." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE Water Aid: UAE will continue to support poor and affected communities

posted on 24/06/2016

Observing Zayed Humanitarian Day, Suqia has highlighted the water scarcity grows in the region, and rest of the world, noting that it is not only a threat to international security, but also hampers development.

Suqia, non-profit organisation, stressed that the UAE continues its role to tackle water problems and contribute to finding sustainable solutions.

As a result of an increase in population, and an increase in demand for water in addition to the changing climate, the challenge to provide clean drinking water has made itself more present than ever before. In 2013, the World Bank issued a report containing the results of climate change in the region, warning that the region will face an increase in temperature, and other destructive circumstances that will heavily affect tourism and agriculture. The region can expect scarcity of pure water due to a decrease in precipitation, while flooding will become more apparent in other regions.

The international community has joined efforts to find solutions to water scarcity, while the UAE plays a major role to support international efforts to provide clean drinking water to people in need all over the world, as well as contributing to finding sustainable solutions for global water scarcity. The wise leadership of the UAE provides aid to people in need, and works to find long-term sustainable solutions to water scarcity.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize was launched in 2008 to embody the vision of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and to find solutions to the challenges created by climate change, energy security, and the environment. In May 2016, the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation launched a project to provide drinkable water to several provinces in Afghanistan.

In June 2014, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) to provide clean water to five million people worldwide. Suqia managed to raise AED 180 million in 18 days, to provide clean drinking water to 7 million people around the world, in cooperation with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority.

In March 2015, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a law establishing Suqia as non-profit organisation, to enhance the sustainability of the initiative. Today, Suqia is under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, strives to find sustainable solutions to the issue of water scarcity, and promotes happiness within poor and disaster-stricken communities. Suqia works to tackle international poverty and sickness through various humanitarian aid initiatives and Research and Development (R&D), to find sustainable solutions to water scarcity.

The foundation aims to promote the UAE's position globally, and participate in initiatives and humanitarian aid to help achieve sustainable development for all mankind, by supporting international communities and providing clean water solutions, and conducting research and studies to support the production of clean water using solar energy.

Suqia launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, to find sustainable solutions to water shortages, develop international partnerships, and invest in technologies that provide clean and drinkable water.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, stressed that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's launch of Suqia underlines the commitment by the UAE leadership to support international humanitarian efforts. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a figure of benevolence to the world, as are his sons, who are always keen to tend to the needs of the less fortunate.

In the short time since its launch, the Suqia has become one of the most distinguished organisations for providing aid to the needy and distressed around the world. It has contributed to the UAE's ever-growing global reputation for philanthropy, in addition to supporting sustainable development. The enthusiasm of the people, government, and private organisations in the UAE to contribute in the Foundation's initiatives and extends helping hands to everyone, and reflects the key role of the UAE in humanitarian areas. The UAE will always be a hub for good deeds and the hearts of its people will always be open to extend their helping hands to everyone.

In cooperation with DEWA, Suqia's R&D projects include reverse osmosis of seawater by a photovoltaic desalination plant, and water purification using solar technology with a capacity of 7.7 cubic meters per day. Suqia uses solar energy to desalinate seawater at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is capable of storing electricity at 50 cubic metres per day.

In 2015, Suqia launched 6 projects to provide safe drinking water in Somalia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, and Benin, benefitting over 60,000 people. Suqia provided relief assistance to Yemen in cooperation with the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. According to the Ministry, the number of beneficiaries was 1,087,500. In the UAE, a number of campaigns were launched to distribute water to Ramadan tents and mosques in collaboration with nine local associations and charities in the UAE.

"This year during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Suqia aims to reflect an image that enhances the Dubai, and the UAE's position as a hub for humanitarianism and philanthropy. Suqia works alongside 14 charitable organisations in the UAE. Clean water was distributed to mosques and Ramadan tents throughout the UAE," said Mohammed Abdul Kareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Suqia.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. The initiative has allocated US$1 million to find sustainable solutions to water shortages internationally, particularly by using solar energy for desalination and purification. Suqia manages the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

"The National Innovation Strategy, was also launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world, and focuses on seven national sectors to stimulate innovation. These include encouraging innovative solutions to the challenge of water scarcity. This Award will help to achieve this objective by driving the search for sustainable solutions to address water scarcity around the world. It encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete to find sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity," said Al Shamsi "This supports the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We invite companies, scientific organisations, research centres, and innovators, to present their innovative projects and participate in the award. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award comprises of three categories. These are the Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), the Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. Suqia is accepting applications from 22 March 2016 to 31 July 2016," he added.

Suqia has promoted the award in the Netherlands, India, Frankfurt, London, Milan, China, and Russia, in addition to promoting the award at various international events such as COP21 in Paris, activities and meetings that coincided with the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Solar Decathlon in California, USA, and the Carbon Ambassadors Programme, in Dubai, UAE.

All government and private organisations in the UAE, in addition to Suqia's long list of achievements, enhance the UAE's position. The UAE ranked as the world's largest donor of official development aid, and also ranked first as the world's largest donor of official development aid and gross national income for the second year consecutively, according to the latest report from the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The UAE also participates in initiatives and humanitarian aid, to improve the living conditions of poor and affected communities in various countries, and help achieve sustainable development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


ERC sets up 160 Iftar tents around UAE

posted on 24/06/2016

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has set up 160 Ramadan Iftar tents in various cities around the country in implementation of its Ramadan Iftar Project.

Volunteers from ten ERC branches across the UAE are overseeing the daily distribution of 32,879 Iftar meals in the tents, with a total of 986,370 meals expected to be handed out by the end of the Holy Month.

Rashid Mubarak Al Mansouri, Deputy Secretary-General for Local Affairs at the ERC, said that the organisation's seasonal campaign aims to promote humanitarian responsibilities towards vulnerable segments of society, and achieve solidarity and cohesion among the community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


NMC organises event to promote reading

posted on 24/06/2016

The National Media Council (NMC) and the Ministry of Education have organised an event in Dubai to promote reading.

The event called Hakawati -storyteller in Arabic- was held at Zabeel Park in line with the UAE's ‘Year of Reading 2016' initiative launched last year by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Students from the al-Sa'ada School in Dubai read out a number of stories during the event.

Recently, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Arab Reading Challenge initiative to promote reading in Arab countries. In the contest, more than one million Arab students made a commitment to read 50 million extracurricular books during every academic year. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah installs Wi-Fi smart trash bins

posted on 24/06/2016

Sharjah has started installing smart trash bins that offer open Wi-Fi access to the public, compact the trash, and notify the operator when they are full.

The first 10 smart bins have been installed by Bee'ah environment and waste management company near tourist sites in the Heart of Sharjah area.

Designed and built by BigBelly, a leading provider of bin solutions in the US, the 10 new units represent the first phase of months-long installation plan, to roll out several hundreds of Wi-Fi bins across Sharjah and the UAE in prominent and high-footfall locations.

Double-streamed for increased solar capacity, the smart bins also come equipped with sensors to detect when the bin is full. This allows them to communicate with the Bee'ah control room, alerting its cleaning and collections service division Tandeef.

The bins' solar panels also provide energy to an internal compactor, which allows the bins to collect five times more refuse, before needing to be emptied.

Khalid Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee'ah, said: "In cooperation with our strategic partners, Du and Shurooq, the roll-out of BigBelly smart bins across Sharjah is another step forward in cementing Bee'ah's commitment to environmental innovations, while increasing efficiency and utility of waste collection in the emirate.”

Marwan Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, added: "Shurooq's tourism projects, such as the Heart of Sharjah, reflect our commitment to creating and developing destinations that are full of innovation and environmentally friendly technologies. In 2010, Shurooq and Bee'ah signed an MoU to work on transforming upcoming and existing tourism projects into eco-friendly destinations.” – Gulf News -


Dubai ranks among top 10 green cities

posted on 24/06/2016

Dubai has been ranked among the top 10 global cities for green building, according to a recent white paper published by Solidiance, a management consultancy firm focused on Asia.0

The emirate ranked eighth on the list. Dubai was given a score of 43.5 per cent - it scored strongly in the 'green building efficiency and performance' category. Paris, Singapore and London ranked among the top three global cities for green buildings.

The white paper aims to assess and compare the performance of the top 10 global cities specifically with regards to green buildings.

The methodology used to assess the global cities for their green building performance are drawn across four categories: City-wide green building landscape; building efficiency and performance; green building policies and targets; and green city culture and environment.

Three of these categories centre on the total number of green buildings, performance and initiatives, while one category focuses on the city's green initiatives and performance.

The research, assessment and evaluation undertaken for the white paper results in the ranking of global cities based on their green building performance: Paris ranked top, Singapore came second, London stood third, Sydney fourth and then Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Dubai, Beijing and Shanghai.

Findings from the white paper revealed Paris and Singapore were the only cities that ranked within the top five in every category and took the top spot by excelling in all four assessments.

These two cities showcase strong building efficiency and performance, which showed that both local and international certification standards continue to yield high performance on green buildings.

The global cities were assessed on the basis of their green building landscape, which is defined as the total number of green buildings and green building certification systems in use.

When evaluating the citywide green building landscape on the 10 global cities, the research identified London, Singapore and Paris as the top scorers.

London has the highest percentage of green building projects (68 per cent) among the 10 global cities. Paris and Singapore rank closely behind with 64 per cent and 48 per cent respectively, with more than half of the built stock certified as "green".

Paris won first position for its very low percentage of carbon emissions, which is attributable to the city's built environment. The level of energy used in buildings in Paris and Singapore were among the lowest in the list, indicating the cities' level of eco-consciousness and proof that both the local and international green building certifications used in both cities set a strong benchmark that pushes for greater greener building performance.

New York City, on the other hand, did not fare well in this category. The mega city accounts for the second highest building energy consumption (80 per cent) as well as emits a large volume of CO2 (74 per cent), which explains the poor performance on the Green Building Efficiency and Performance dimension.

Singapore stood out as a forerunner in the industry by putting a bold set of policies and targets for greening the city's built block by establishing a target to green 80 per cent of its built stock by 2030. In 2008, the city-state amended its Building Control Act, requiring all new buildings and existing ones that undergo major retrofitting to achieve, at minimum, a certified rating under the Green Mark Scheme. By 2014, more than 25 per cent of the city's entire built stock was already 'greened'. – Khaleej Times -


Dubai International Airport captured from space

posted on 24/06/2016

The massive, space-age infrastructure needed to handle 90 million passengers flying in and out of the world's biggest airport has been captured, conveniently, by a photograph from a space satellite.

The image comes courtesy of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and shows the new Dh4.4 billion Concourse D at Dubai International Airport, runways and planes taxiing to their gates.

Surrounding the airport, the residential and industrial areas of Dubai can also be seen.

Concourse D has 21 plane contact stands, four of which will be able to accommodate the double-decker Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 planes.

There are also 11 remote stands and the concourse is linked to the renovated Terminal 1 by a train that can transport 300 passengers at a time.

With Concourse D, Dubai Airport has used the last available space for expansion, but that does not mean passenger numbers will plateau.

Dubai Airports has launched a new programme, called DXB Plus, as part of its master plan to raise the capacity to 118 million passengers a year by 2023.

The programme will also enhance services through the design and implementation of customer-centric processes and the use of smart technology.

It will allow for unconstrained growth of Dubai's aviation sector until the middle of the next decade, when the next phase of Dubai World Central, in Jebel Ali, is targeted for delivery. – The National -