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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Civil Aviation launches Phase II of Love Your Sky at Dubai Airport

Posted on 06/12/2012

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched the second phase of its passengers' safety and security campaign "Love Your Sky" in collaborations with Dubai Airport aiming to raise awareness with passenger safety and security through promoting the best practices in flight and on the ground. The campaign goes in line with GCAA strategy to promote safety and security in collaboration with the local aviation industry. Phase-two of "Love Your Sky" was formally launched through an ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum Int’l ready for business jets in early 2013

Posted on 05/12/2012

Al Maktoum International Airport will start business aviation operations in early 2013 while its commercial passenger facility will be opened later in the year, according to top government officials. The new airport at Dubai World Central, or DWC, also expects more than 110 per cent growth in cargo this year in terms of volume. Dubai joined an elite group of two-airport cities when commercial cargo flights of Rus Aviation, Skyline and Aerospace Consortium landed on June 27, 2010 at DWC's Al ...  >>MORE

UAE soaring high

Posted on 29/11/2012

The UAE has achieved several milestones since its inception in 1971 with aviation being ranked as one of the top sectors for which the country is known across the globe. Airport development has been at the heart of the UAE's wider aviation policy during the last four decades, with a significant boost witnessed over the past 10 years, due to the inception of four new airlines. The launch of Emirates in 1985 and later, the emergence of Etihad and Air Arabia in 2003, as well as budget carrier ...  >>MORE

Dubai International passenger numbers climb 14.3%

Posted on 29/11/2012

Dubai International registered its second busiest month on record with 4.92 million passengers passing through the world's fourth busiest international aviation hub in October, an increase of 14.3 per cent, according to the monthly traffic report issued yesterday by airport operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in October totalled 4,923,246, up 14.3 per cent from 4,307,817 recorded during the same month in 2011. Year to date traffic has climbed 13.5 per cent to 47,488,586 compared to ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen records more flights during F1 season

Posted on 26/11/2012

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), witnessed a spur in traffic during the 2012 Formula 1 season. The executive airport recorded 210 total commercial aircraft movements during the F1 race period between October 28 and November 5, with the November 3 and 5 being the peak days. This growth represents a 38 per cent increase in aircraft movements when compared with the same F1 race period in 2011. The executive airport ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free maintains double-digit growth

Posted on 26/11/2012

Dubai Duty Free is looking to achieve a double-digit growth in sales for the year as sales up to the end of October reached Dh4.71 billion, or US$1.29 billion, showing an 11 per cent increase over the same period last year. The latest sales figures put the operation on track for year-end sales of an estimated Dh6 billion (US$1.6 billion). The Perfumes category, which accounts for 15 per cent of total sales at Dubai Duty Free, retained the No.1 spot as sales rose to Dh727 million (US$199 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport terminal to open in 2017

Posted on 20/11/2012

Abu Dhabi will launch operations at its new airport terminal by the second quarter of 2017, a senior aviation official said on Monday, as the emirate expands its infrastructure to outpace regional rivals. The 700,000-square-metre fourth terminal will add capacity for 30 million passengers annually to the existing airport and become the home of Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways. A consortium of Turkey's TAV Insaat, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Co and Dubai's Arabtec was awarded a Dh10.8 ...  >>MORE

ADAC continues to make workplace safety a priority

Posted on 15/11/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) this week launched its annual safety campaign and exhibition at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Supported by ADAC's regulatory, subsidiary, operational and airline partners, the goal of the campaign was to promote airside safety and occupational health, safety '&' environment amongst all ADAC and subsidiary employees, in order to ensure a safe and secure workplace, and to maintain the operational integrity of the airport. This year's multifaceted exhibition ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs re-launches its website

Posted on 15/11/2012

Dubai Customs, in a bid to meet customers' expectations, has revamped its online portal in line with the criteria of Dubai eGovernment. The redesigned website (>>MORE

DXB wins Airport of the Year at Aviation Business Awards

Posted on 10/11/2012

Dubai International, the world's fourth busiest hub for international passengers, has been named the Airport of the Year at the sixth Aviation Business Awards (ABA) 2012 ceremony organised yesterday by magazine publishers ITP Business in Dubai. The ABAs included 14 categories in total, covering airline, airport and cargo sectors across the region, along with supporting niches. The Airport of the Year category acknowledges the Middle Eastern airport that has experienced a breakthrough period ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free named Best Airport Retailer of the Year

Posted on 07/11/2012

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) scooped the top prize at the Frontier Awards held in the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, where they were announced as the ‘Best Airport Retailer of the Year' for an unprecedented sixth time. Hailed as the ‘Oscars of the industry', the Frontier Awards are held to coincide with the annual Tax Free World Association (Tfwa) exhibition in Cannes, with this year's awards ceremony attracting over 500 guests from the global duty free industry. Launched in 1985, the Frontier Awards ...  >>MORE

ADAC wins best Airport Operator of the Year Award

Posted on 06/11/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has received the highest accolade from the global duty free industry by winning the Frontier Award for Best Airport Operator of the Year 2012 in a ceremony held recently at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, France. The Frontier Awards are best known as the Oscars' of the travel-retail industry and the award ceremony is held annually at the Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes, which attracts over 6,000 visitors from around the world. The Best Airport Operator of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport traffic
rises 12.5%

Posted on 01/11/2012

Sharjah International Airport recorded a 12.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic in the first nine months of this year marking its busiest nine months ever. A total of 5.6 million passengers passed through the airport from January to September 2012 compared to 4.9 million in the same period last year. The year to date aircraft movements were up 3.9 per cent in first nine months of this year to reach 48.874 compared to 47.040 in the same period a year earlier. The freight handled for the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 14.5 per cent passenger growth in September

Posted on 31/10/2012

Abu Dhabi International Airport registered in September 2012 a 14.5 per cent growth in passenger traffic compared with the same month in 2011, with 1.2 million passengers passing through its facilities, according to the passenger traffic report released yesterday by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). Aircraft movements also continued to steadily grow by 8.4 per cent for the month of September, totaling10,057 movements compared to the same period last year; this is mainly due to Etihad's ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport registers 4.78 million passengers in September 2012

Posted on 31/10/2012

The Dubai Airports said passenger traffic through the Dubai International Airport in September surged 12.8 per cent to reach 4.78 million compared to 4.23 million recorded during the same month in 2011. The strong performance during the first nine months - seven of which recorded double-digit growth - has boosted the year to date traffic by 13.4 per cent to 42.56 million compared to 37.54 million recorded during the corresponding period last year. Western Europe recorded the largest increase ...  >>MORE

New Al Majlis facility opens in time for World Energy Forum

Posted on 23/10/2012

Al Majlis, Dubai Airports' VIP passenger service, has opened its new, modern facility in Dubai International's Terminal 3, in time to accommodate the dignitaries attending this week's World Energy Forum. Dozens of heads of state, ministers and other industry leaders have made use of the new facility as they arrive in Dubai to thrash out a roadmap towards cleaner, safer and more sustainable energy. The conference takes place from October 22 to 24, 2012. Al Majlis' new, more central location ...  >>MORE

GCAA celebrates International Air Traffic Controllers Day

Posted on 23/10/2012

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), under the guidance of Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General, has organised a special event to mark the contribution and dedication of the UAE's Air Traffic Controllers. The dinner gala took place at Yas Links and was attended by Ahmed Al Jallaf, Executive Director of Air Navigation Services and a large number of air traffic controllers from all emirates. The UAE sky is considered one of the busiest in the region, and the growth in the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed inspects Abu Dhabi Airport e-Gate project

Posted on 14/10/2012

His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday inspected the e-gate project and the Midfield Terminal Building (MTC) project at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Accompanied by Sheikhs and top officials, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed viewed a presentation on the new e-Gate system which was launched by the Ministry early this year and is in operation since early last October to ensure ...  >>MORE

Dubai strategy developed to reduce carbon emissions

Posted on 14/10/2012

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) is developing a strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Saeed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), said: "Dubai plans to step up its efforts to slash its carbon emissions, currently set at 1.5 million tonnes per year, by adopt strict quotas for reducing carbon emissions on different project and across different entities.” The state-owned companies such as Dewa, Dubal and ...  >>MORE

Dubai to cut time on airport formalities

Posted on 10/10/2012

Dubai International Airport expects to cut by half the time taken by arriving and departing passengers to complete formalities, according to Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of the General Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. But the time taken to complete arrival formalities at all the three terminals of the airport cannot be same because of differing distances from the place of arrival to the immigration counter, he added. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

UAE GCAA Celebrates International Air Traffic Controllers Day

Posted on 04/10/2012

On the 20th October, the Air Navigation Services Sector of the General Civil Aviation Authority will host a gala dinner to mark International Air Traffic Controller Day in the UAE. This is an important occasion for Air Traffic Controllers worldwide and recognises the dedication and commitment that Air Traffic Controllers bring to their work every day. Executive Director of Air Navigation Services, Ahmed Al Jallaf says that "air traffic controllers in the UAE have played an important an ...  >>MORE

ADAC passenger survey reveal the attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a tourism destination

Posted on 03/10/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released the results of the ADAC Passenger Survey during the 18th World Route Development Forum (World Routes), the largest and only global annual meeting for aviation professionals from around the world. The passenger survey comes as another leading initiative from ADAC as it is the only comprehensive passenger analysis available from an airport in the region. The ADAC Passenger Survey provides exclusive and detailed information about the Abu ...  >>MORE

New generation virtual assistants at Dubai airport

Posted on 03/10/2012

A new generation of virtual assistants has been introduced by Dubai Airports. These interactive virtual assistants will be able to respond to passengers' queries in English and Arabic. The new technology is a world first for Dubai International Airport and an upgrade of the virtual assistants already in place. The new-version ‘virtual assistants' are programmed to answer frequently asked questions such as the location of departure gates, washrooms and check-in areas, rather than just ...  >>MORE

Consortium of banks offers Dh4 billion for construction of Midfield Building at Abu Dhabi's International Airport

Posted on 02/10/2012

A consortium of Banks including Al Hilal Bank, First Gulf Bank, Mashreq, Union National Bank and Arab Bank have announced the signing of the Dh 4 Billion syndicated contracting facility with the joint venture (JV) between TAV-CCC-Arabtec for the construction of Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi's International Airport. The Joint Mandated Lead Arrangers, Al Hilal Bank, First Gulf Bank, Mashreq and Union National Bank co-led the financing coordinated by Mashreq and Arab Bank participated ...  >>MORE

Traffic shows strong growth at RAK airport

Posted on 02/10/2012

More than half a million passengers travelled through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in the first half of the year. The figure was spurred by holidaymakers from as far afield as Germany and Russia who came to the northern emirate in search of winter sun. This marked a 67 per cent increase in passenger numbers on the same period last year. "The bulk of our growth is thanks to RAK Airways as they're focusing on routes that are the most profitable to them," said Mohammed Qazi, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger travel surges in Summer 2012

Posted on 30/09/2012

As the World Route Development Forum opens its doors at ADNEC, event host Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released the traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport for the months of July and August 2012. August saw a robust 20% growth over last year's figures with passenger traffic reaching 1.3 million. Cargo traffic was also on the rise reaching 46,376 tonnes, with an increase of 16.4% compared to the month of August in 2011. The traffic reports also showed a 16.7% growth ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to be featured on National Geographic

Posted on 30/09/2012

National Geographic Channels International will air a 10-part documentary series on Dubai International airport in 2013, according to Dubai Airports, the body managing the airport. The channel, in conjunction with production company Arrow Media, has commissioned a 10-part documentary series about the day-to-day working of the airport, to be broadcast to over 440 million households in 171 countries, the airport body said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the filming kicked off on ...  >>MORE

Dafza H1 revenues soar 82%

Posted on 30/09/2012

The Dubai Airport Freezone, or Dafza, has reported an impressive growth rate of 82 per cent in sales revenues for the first half of 2012, with a 90 per cent increase in rental of warehouse space, compared to the same period in 2011. As well as the increase in new tenants, the results show that during the first half of the current year there was an increase of eight per cent in requests for additional space requests, compared to same period in 2011. These requests were mostly made by European ...  >>MORE

New Smart e-Gate system to start January 1

Posted on 27/09/2012

The new smart e-Gate system currently under trial at Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport will be officially launched on January 1, 2013, a top official said on Wednesday. Addressing the Indian business community at the India Club, Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), said: "With the smart e-Gate in place, it will be easier and faster for passengers to pass through passport control.” The ...  >>MORE

Dubai International’s passenger traffic surges 20%

Posted on 26/09/2012

Passenger numbers at Dubai International, the world's fourth busiest hub for international passengers and cargo, exceeded the 4.5 million mark for the seventh time this year, according to the August traffic report issued by airport operator Dubai Airports. According to the report, passenger traffic at Dubai International surged 20 per cent from 4,019,230 in August 2011 to reach 4,847,152 this August. The high growth rate can be attributed largely to a lower base caused by fluctuating travel ...  >>MORE

New signage at Dubai airport

Posted on 19/09/2012

The Dubai International airport (DXB) has installed a new alpha-numeric system for gate numbering and way-finding, making it easier for passengers to navigate through the world's fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic. Based on the response of extensive customer research and feedback, Dubai Airports, airlines, ground handling and control agencies operating at the DXB applied a new alpha-numeric system across all airport signage and computer support systems during an intense ...  >>MORE

30% increase in H1 2012 in visiting aircraft movements at Al Bateen Executive Airport

Posted on 18/09/2012

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports Company ( ADAC ), yesterday released its traffic performance results for the first half of 2012. The traffic report revealed a strong 30% increase in visiting aircraft movements to the executive airport over the period between January and June 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, registering a total of 1,100 visiting flights during those six months. Al Bateen Executive Airport continues to ...  >>MORE

Dubai International's cargo facilities to undergo a major expansion programme

Posted on 17/09/2012

Dubai International's cargo facilities are set to undergo a major modernisation and expansion programme that will see cargo capacity increased to 3.1-million tons by 2018. Over the next few months, as part of Dubai Airports' US$7.8bn Strategic Plan 2020, construction is set to begin on a 30,000m2 addition to Dubai International's 1.2 million tonne Cargo Mega Terminal 'CMT', increasing capacity by 25% to 1.5-million tonnes a year. Dubai International's original cargo facilities, Hall A and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports recycles more than 530 tonnes of solid waste in H1 2012

Posted on 15/09/2012

Dubai Airports has stepped up its efforts to limit the environmental impact of solid waste, recycling more than 530 tonnes of paper, carton and plastic collected across Dubai International during the first six months of 2012. Between January and June this year Dubai Airports collected 426 tonnes of cardboard, 54 tonnes of plastic, 13 tonnes of plastic bottles and aluminium cans, and 37 tonnes of paper for recycling. "We are increasingly focusing our efforts on limiting the impact of our ...  >>MORE

Dubai International monthly traffic surpasses 5 million passengers for the first time

Posted on 06/09/2012

Dubai International began the second half of 2012 on a strong note by surpassing the five million passenger mark in July for the first time in its history. The previous high for monthly traffic at Dubai International was 4.85 million passengers recorded in January this year. According to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, Dubai International handled a total of 5,006,155 passengers in July compared to 4,724,109 in July 2011, a year on year increase of 6 per cent. ...  >>MORE

Dubai to scan inbound air passenger list

Posted on 02/09/2012

The Dubai government will initiate a new system in cooperation with airlines by the end of next year to stop blacklisted persons at their boarding points before they travel to Dubai. A database system will be in place, which will store information related to inbound travellers, and the authorities will give permission to the right persons before they board a plane to Dubai at their home port. Colonel Khaled Naser Al Razouqi, Assistant Director-General of the e-Services Sector at the General ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Int’l Airport traffic increases 9.45% in July

Posted on 11/08/2012

Passenger traffic at Sharjah International Airport jumped 9.45 per cent to 657,153 in July despite high fuel costs and increased economic uncertainty over the global economic recovery. Sharjah International Airport recorded a total of 5,472 aircraft movements in July, up 2.49 per cent compared to 5,339 in July 2011. It handled 44,792 tonnes of cargo in July 2012. The Sea-Air Cargo throughput increased by 3.96 per cent to 3,863 tonnes compared to 3,716 tonnes recorded during the corresponding ...  >>MORE

Revenue at F'&'B Outlets in Abu Dhabi International Airport reaches Dh 38.2 million in H12012

Posted on 08/08/2012

The year-to-date sales of Food and Beverages at Abu Dhabi International Airport were Dh 38.2 million in the first half of the year, showing an increase of 47.1% compared to the same period in 2011. The passenger growth totalled 22.8% for the first six months of 2012. Dan Cappell, Senior Vice President Commercial of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said: "A number of factors contribute to the continued dynamic growth of sales in the second quarter. The addition of new outlets at Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Freight volumes at Dubai World Central surge 153% in Q2

Posted on 05/08/2012

Dubai World Central (DWC) is quickly establishing itself as an up-and-coming cargo airport in the region according to the latest traffic statistics issued by airport operator Dubai Airports. Cargo volumes at Dubai's second airport surged 153 per cent to 56,271 tonnes during the second quarter of 2012 compared to 22,252 tonnes during the corresponding period last year. Year to date cargo volumes rose 226 per cent to 106,333 tonnes compared to 32,634 tonnes during the same period in 2011. ...  >>MORE

ADDF first half sales up 29.1%

Posted on 02/08/2012

Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) announced yesterday sales revenues of Dh380.2 million in the first half of 2012, a 29.1 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. ADDF said that the driver behind this growth has been its second quarter performance and the recently increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi international Airport which had registered 22.8 per cent in the first half of the year. "Abu Dhabi Duty Free is launching exclusive products, specifically within perfume and ...  >>MORE

DXB registers record 27.9m passengers in H1, 2012

Posted on 31/07/2012

Dubai International recorded the busiest first half in its history with 27.9 million passengers passing through its three terminals between January and June this year, according to the traffic report issued yesterday by airport operator Dubai Airports. Dubai International handled a total of 4,714,746 passengers in June, a robust growth of 16.0 per cent from the 4,065,809 who passed through the airport in June 2011. The year to date traffic reached 27,931,639 up 13.7 per cent from 24,567,818 ...  >>MORE

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Civil Aviation launches Phase II of Love Your Sky at Dubai Airport


Al Maktoum Int’l ready for business jets in early 2013


UAE soaring high


Dubai International passenger numbers climb 14.3%


Al Bateen records more flights during F1 season


Dubai Duty Free maintains double-digit growth


Abu Dhabi airport terminal to open in 2017


ADAC continues to make workplace safety a priority


Dubai Customs re-launches its website


DXB wins Airport of the Year at Aviation Business Awards


Dubai Duty Free named Best Airport Retailer of the Year


ADAC wins best Airport Operator of the Year Award


Sharjah airport traffic
rises 12.5%


Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 14.5 per cent passenger growth in September


Dubai Airport registers 4.78 million passengers in September 2012


New Al Majlis facility opens in time for World Energy Forum


GCAA celebrates International Air Traffic Controllers Day


Mohammed bin Zayed inspects Abu Dhabi Airport e-Gate project


Dubai strategy developed to reduce carbon emissions


Dubai to cut time on airport formalities


UAE GCAA Celebrates International Air Traffic Controllers Day


ADAC passenger survey reveal the attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a tourism destination


New generation virtual assistants at Dubai airport


Consortium of banks offers Dh4 billion for construction of Midfield Building at Abu Dhabi's International Airport


Traffic shows strong growth at RAK airport


Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger travel surges in Summer 2012


Dubai airport to be featured on National Geographic


Dafza H1 revenues soar 82%


New Smart e-Gate system to start January 1


Dubai International’s passenger traffic surges 20%


New signage at Dubai airport


30% increase in H1 2012 in visiting aircraft movements at Al Bateen Executive Airport


Dubai International's cargo facilities to undergo a major expansion programme


Dubai Airports recycles more than 530 tonnes of solid waste in H1 2012


Dubai International monthly traffic surpasses 5 million passengers for the first time


Dubai to scan inbound air passenger list


Sharjah Int’l Airport traffic increases 9.45% in July


Revenue at F'&'B Outlets in Abu Dhabi International Airport reaches Dh 38.2 million in H12012


Freight volumes at Dubai World Central surge 153% in Q2


ADDF first half sales up 29.1%


DXB registers record 27.9m passengers in H1, 2012