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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Dubai Airports to welcome passengers to Emirates Terminal 3 today

Posted on 14/10/2008

Dubai Airports will start from October 14, the phased transition of operations to Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International - the new facility dedicated to Emirates Airline, with flights to the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council countries (AGCC) and the Americas. Beginning with a flight to Doha, Qatar at 1415 hours on Tuesday, Terminal 3 will, during the first phase, facilitate Emirates' flights to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait, as well as to New York and Houston in the US, Toronto in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's new runway opens

Posted on 13/10/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced that the second runway at Abu Dhabi International Airport is now operational for arrivals and departures, following the completion of the main construction in early September and certification by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). An Etihad A320 made history yesterday when it became the first plane to take off carrying a party of media personalities at 10:30 am. The flight touched down ten minutes later. The new Dh1bn, 4,100m ...  >>MORE

Emirates Terminal 3 revealed to the Media

Posted on 10/10/2008

Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline and Dubai Duty Free showcased the new Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International to a select group of media today, ahead of the start of the phased transition of Emirates' operations to the new facility from 14th October 2008. With its great dining, spectacular views, fabulous shopping and world-class lounges, Emirates Terminal 3 is set to herald a new era in air travel. Passengers can shop, relax, treat themselves to spa treatments or just carry on business as ...  >>MORE

Emirates Terminal 3 geared for growth

Posted on 07/10/2008

Designed with the capability to handle 43 million passengers a year when fully operational, Emirates Terminal 3, scheduled to open on 14th October 2008, promises travellers the perfect start to an amazing journey from this avant-garde airport. The terminal is being opened in phases and the first phase commencing 14th October will see flights arriving and departing to destinations in the GCC namely Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh and in the Americas namely New York, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports successfully concludes operational testing of Terminal 3

Posted on 06/10/2008

Dubai Airports has successfully concluded the operational testing of Dubai International's Terminal 3, with the third and final operational simulation. The successful exercise paves the way for the phased transition of operations to the new terminal, beginning 14th October. The phased opening of the terminal, which is dedicated to Emirates, will be implemented in four phases to ensure that systems and processes are all in place and thoroughly tested. The aim is to make sure that all aspects of ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central paved way for DWC Aviation City Construction

Posted on 03/10/2008

Grading work on the fourth phase of Dubai World Central (DWC)- the 140-square kilometre, multi-phase urban land development centred around the Al Maktoum International Airport - has been completed at a cost of AED 46 million, enabling contractor access to a crucial component of the project - DWC Aviation City. The US$1.36 billion DWC Aviation City will be home to DWC's executive jet terminal and the world's largest MRO centre, with many operators ready to start construction on-site. Over ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport surprises visitors with traditional Eid tent

Posted on 29/09/2008

Passengers arriving and transiting Abu Dhabi International Airport are getting a surprise introduction to Eid traditions at a special festive season tent where they are invited to relax, sample local tea, coffee and dates, all served up with an explanation of the celebrations that mark the end of Ramadan. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) initiative, activated in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), is attracting a strong response from tourists, many of whom are receiving ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport year-to-date passenger traffic up 34.3% in August

Posted on 24/09/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) reported a 22.9 per cent year-on-year jump in passenger traffic through Abu Dhabi International Airport for the month of August. A total of 869,868 passengers used the airport during the month, compared to 707,671 last year, with the year-to-date figures reaching 5,962,175 up 34.3 per cent against last year's 4,439,610 over the same period. Passengers to and from other Gulf States rose particularly strongly, with Bahrain traffic up 44.4 per cent, Oman up 33.1 ...  >>MORE

3,000 Volunteers Take Part in Second Trial Test at Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Posted on 11/09/2008

Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 has passed a trial testing of its systems for transit passengers with flying colours ahead of the facility's soft opening on October 14. The exercise involved 3,000 residents and is the second of three trials involving the public and focused on testing all the terminal's systems, processes and services. A large number of volunteers had taken part in the first trial run of Terminal 3 recently. Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said transit passengers ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports seeks to boost UAE national staff

Posted on 10/09/2008

Dubai Airports said on Tuesday it has completed the first phase of a restructuring initiative to support its expansion of facilities that will help transform Dubai into the world's top aviation hub. The operator of Dubai's airport facilities said it intends to boost the number of UAE national employees as it expands its workforce. The company now employs about 3,800 people and "aims to increase employment opportunities for UAE nationals." It will launch a development programme specifically ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport passenger growth surges 26.7 per cent

Posted on 07/09/2008

Continuing on strong passenger growth rates observed throughout 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner-operator of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), has released its monthly traffic figures for July which show passenger numbers up 26.7 per cent over the same month last year. Passenger figures for the year-to-date matched a familiar growth rate seen at the airport this year with the numbers up 36.5 per cent – the airport having handled 5,092,307 arrival, departure and transit ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Airport welcomes new cargo operator

Posted on 04/09/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac), the owner-operator of Al Ain International Airport (AAN), has welcomed its latest airline to operate services from the Emirate in the form of Touma Air Tchad. The national carrier of Chad, the North African airline operating from its main home base of N'Djamena International Airport will operate in conjunction with Cargolux a weekly service from Al Ain to N'Djamena. Initially operating up to two flights per week from Al Ain International Airport, Toumaï ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports conducts second operational trial for Terminal 3

Posted on 01/09/2008

Dubai Airports conducted on Saturday the second operational trial for Dubai International's Terminal 3. The second of a series of three trials, the exercise involved some 3,000 volunteers from the public and was focused on testing the whole spectrum of systems, processes and services at the new terminal, particularly those related to the transfer of transit passengers to connecting flights. The trials are being conducted ahead of a phased transition of operations to the new terminal from 14th ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport staff give service with a smile

Posted on 30/08/2008

Since the early 1980s staff at Dubai International Airport have been training in the pursuit of excellence. This essential training continues to this day, moulding employees who become the eyes and ears of the one of the world's busiest airports. Customer service has been a focus of the airport since its opening, and is still a focus today. "Customer service is one of the top goals for the airport, because when we're looking at the efficiency and overall satisfaction for customers, this is ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports to start first phase of operations at T3 from Oct 14

Posted on 21/08/2008

Dubai Airports has announced that a phased transition of operations to Dubai International's new Terminal 3, the multi-level underground structure measuring 300mX350m, will start from October 14, 2008. The 'soft' opening will be implemented in four phases, to ensure that systems and processes are working to the highest standards of efficiency, enabling customers to make their way through the facility as easily and speedily as possible. With a built-up area of approximately 515,000 square ...  >>MORE

DNRD scores new record processing time at DIA

Posted on 18/08/2008

Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department (DNRD) has recorded the highest number of travellers entering and leaving the country via Dubai International Airport, which reached 76,863 on August 15 (Friday), just after 18 days from implementing the new visa rules as per Ministerial Decision No. 322/2008. "The new record of travellers is a positive indication that the new visa rules and regulations have been implemented to increase the number of visitors to the country," said Major General ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports conducts first major operational trial at Terminal 3

Posted on 14/08/2008

Dubai Airports has conducted the first major operational trial at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3. The advanced trial follows a series of basic trials that were conducted over the past few months. The exercise attracted over 2,200 volunteers from a cross-section of the UAE's society, with many participants turning up at Terminal 3 with families and friends. Designed to simulate typical airport operating scenarios, the exercise was the first of a series of trials involving ...  >>MORE

360,000 travellers marvel at Einstein showcased at Abu Dhabi international airport

Posted on 07/08/2008

Every visitor took a second look, in utmost disbelief, at Einstein, the 23-metre long skeleton of a 140 million year old dinosaur displayed at the Abu Dhabi international airport. Over the past two weeks since the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) hosted the unique reminiscence of the terrestrial heritage, more than 360,000 travellers and visitors have captured a glance of the awesome skeleton displayed in the Arrivals hall of Terminal 1. The 4.5 tonne Apatosaurus skeleton nicknamed Einstein ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering passes IATA's toughest audit

Posted on 29/07/2008

Appointed representatives of IATA (International Air Travel Association) gave Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering Company has been boosted by the outcome of a recent Food Safety and Quality Assurance audit that has resulted in the company being highly praised for the running of its facilities. The company, which serves Abu Dhabi International Airport and provides the catering services for Etihad Airways and other visiting airlines, received a near perfect - 98% - overall score in what is regarded as ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport among world's first to be 'Service Quality Assured' certified

Posted on 28/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has proven that the old adage "service with a smile" gets its rewards as it was recently presented with the Airports Council International (ACI) "Service Quality Assured" certification. ACI is an association of world airports whose prime focus is to advance the interests of airports as well as to promote professional excellence across and in airport management and operations. The ACI Service Quality Assured Certification is based on annual results of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport to host over 140 million year old dinosaur

Posted on 24/07/2008

In what could be deemed as a landmark in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi International Airport will host over 140 million year old dinosaur to promote efforts of the emirate in preserving history, heritage and environment. The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) will allow the Airport visitors to view the dinosaur free for three months with effect starting today. The visitors will be taken back deep into pre-history when they view 23- metre skeleton of dinosaur, weighing 4.5 tonnes. Named ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport registers Q2 passenger-rise

Posted on 22/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner-operator of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), announced today figures revealing its passenger, cargo and aircraft movements for the first-half (H1) of 2008, with passenger traffic showing a continuingly robust trend of 38.6 percent growth over the same period last year. The ADIA registered passenger surge to 4, 256, 178 passengers in the first half of 2008, from 3, 071, 238 passengers corresponding period last year- up by 38.6 per cent. "It is ...  >>MORE

Traffic at Dubai International crosses 18.4m in 2008 first half

Posted on 21/07/2008

Dubai International handled a record 18.46 million passengers in the first half of 2008, registering a growth of 13.80 per cent over the first half of 2007. The airport handled an average of three million passengers per month throughout the first half this year, making it the busiest period in the airport's history. The record growth in the first half this year means that, as in the previous few years, Dubai International will exceed the projected annual figure this year too. Some 40 million ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales surge 31pc to Dh1.9b

Posted on 21/07/2008

Dubai Duty Free sales surged 31 per cent to Dh1.9 billion in first half of the year, giving it confidence to double that amount for the whole 2008, a company statement said yesterday. Perfumes topped the list with sales of Dh275.5 million (US$75 million), up 34 per cent from a year ago, while gold retained its third ranking with sales of Dh227.73 million. Sales from cosmetics increased by 39 per cent and electronics goods 28 per cent. 'We are well on track to exceed US$1 billion and that is a ...  >>MORE

Most Abu Dhabi flights rescheduled

Posted on 21/07/2008

Travel agents, airline offices and web sites have been inundated with enquiries about flight changes due to Abu Dhabi International Airport closure tomorrow. Maintenance of the airport's runway has forced the facility to close for 12 hours from 2.15am to 2.15pm, rescheduling more than 100 flights. Etihad Airways' spokesperson Thomas Clarke said the airline was informed last Wednesday of the closure and has now contacted 80 per cent of its passengers and the majority of airlines. The airline ...  >>MORE

ADAC announces first dedicated executive airport in region

Posted on 16/07/2008

Farnborough - Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday it will establish the Middle East's first dedicated executive airport at Al Bateen military airbase just 10 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city centre. The Bateen facility will be developed as an exclusive corporate jet facility and ADAC will invest more than AED 200 million in additional facilities at the airport, which until now has been a military airbase. ADAC will develop a ‘one-stop shop' business jet facility, offering VVIP ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies to build US$75 million hangar

Posted on 16/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), the Middle East's foremost independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, is announcing the construction of a new 96,000 square foot hangar, which will increase the company's working capacity and business capabilities by 35 percent once completed by 2010. The US$75 million facility - one of the largest open span hangars worldwide - is part of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies' ongoing strategy to achieve a US $800 million revenue stream by ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed launches face recognition system at Abu Dhabi airport

Posted on 15/07/2008

General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday launched the face recognition electronic system - a highly advanced biometric technology that will be used for the first time in the world by Abu Dhabi International Airport. Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the plaque of the face recognition system, which will be implemented initially at the Abu Dhabi airport, then at all ports of entry in the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed ...  >>MORE

ADAT to build new US$75m hangar

Posted on 13/07/2008

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (Adat) has outlined plans to invest US$75 million (Dh275m) in a new aircraft hangar as part of the Government's drive to fashion the capital into a world-class aerospace hub. ADAT, an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm that achieved 1.8 million man hours of work last year, said it was expanding its facilities in Abu Dhabi to cater to growing demand from Middle Eastern, Indian and European airlines. ADAT also plans to add up to 500 new employees ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport unveils Al Majlis VIP facility

Posted on 02/07/2008

Dubai International Airport yesterday unveiled a new 3,400 sq. feet Al Majlis VIP facility, which is expected to attract an additional 15,000 passengers to the city this year. The facility will help Dubai Airport cope with increasing passenger traffic demand and keep high quality service, according to Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. Al Majlis VIP facility, featuring 17 private lounges, duty free shops and limousine service to and from the plane, served nearly 70,000 customers in 2007 and ...  >>MORE

Dubai International launches initiatives to ease passengers through the airport during summer rush

Posted on 01/07/2008

Dubai Airports has launched new initiatives to make the journey through Dubai International as easy as possible during this year's traditional summer rush. During June, July and August, the airport will experience its busiest period since the opening of Sheikh Rashid Terminal in 2000, with 20% more passengers than last summer, more than 11 million people. In 2007, the airport handled more than nine million people in the same period. The measures include trained extra staff, managed queuing ...  >>MORE

3.5m passengers used Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport from Jan-May this year

Posted on 30/06/2008

Over 3.5 million passengers travelled through the Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first five-month period of the year, as Abu Dhabi becomes aviation hub. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner-operator of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), yesterday released its latest traffic figures with year-to-date (YTD) passenger numbers revealing a 39.2 per cent increase over the same period last year. "Passenger traffic from January through May has largely matched the steady ...  >>MORE

Dubai among 11 e-freight ready sites

Posted on 27/06/2008

Dubai has been identified as one of 11 new locations ready for e-freight by International Air Transport Association (IATA), the aviation trade body said yesterday. Other locations include the US, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway. "The momentum to rid air cargo of costly paper processes is building quickly," said Giovanni Bisignani, Director-General & Chief Executive Officer of IATA. "Already we are live in six locations today. We will ...  >>MORE

Emirati 'Ambassadors' to assist travellers as Abu Dhabi Airport prepares for summer peak

Posted on 23/06/2008

As Abu Dhabi International Airport gears up for the increase in traffic over the peak summer period, passengers can expect an additional level of service and assistance and genuine UAE welcome as it commences its Emirati "Student Ambassador Programme". Predominantly made up of first-year university students drawn from across the Emirate and UAE capital, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) recently set about inviting UAE nationals to take part in its 'Ambassador Programme' initiative - invoking ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airports get new identity

Posted on 17/06/2008

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) recently launched a new identity for both its international airports in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The new look matches that of the emirate, as it follows the thematic design of the Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi (OBAD). The airports' logo and their general appearance will be based on blue, the colour of the cloudless sky. Furthermore, the Abu Dhabi International Airport also unveiled the makeover of its Terminal One, with a range of artworks, developed by ...  >>MORE

Record passenger growth at Abu Dhabi Airport

Posted on 04/06/2008

Abu Dhabi International Airport handled more than 700,000 passengers in April, the highest passenger growth – of more than 40 per cent– attained for the month. According to Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac), the passenger growth in April this year was beyond expectations. "The airport handled more than 703,000 passengers in April 2008, compared to the 501,000 in the same month last year. "There was also growth in total aircraft movements for the month, which showed a 17-per cent upward trend. ...  >>MORE

Airport Show Survey: Abu Dhabi among region’s top aviation investors

Posted on 27/05/2008

A recent survey on the region's airport construction and the industry's expansion has placed Abu Dhabi International Airport's US$ 6.8bn master plan as one of the largest airport developments by investment among the Gulf countries, Jordan, Iraq, India, Sri Lanka and across the African continent. The survey, conducted by Streamline Marketing Group and organizers of the Dubai Airport Show set to run from 2 - 4 June 2008, showed that the pattern of regional airport expansion was being fuelled by ...  >>MORE

Airport plan to link Al Gharbia

Posted on 22/05/2008

A new airport is to link the isolated Al Gharbia region with the rest of the country as part of ambitious plans to boost tourism in the area. Spectacular resorts are being developed in the westernmost region of Abu Dhabi emirate to revitalise one of the country's most underdeveloped areas. Some of the attractions will be up to 250km from Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the company behind many of the projects intends to set up the country's first dedicated internal air-shuttle ...  >>MORE

Free Wi-Fi internet access at Abu Dhabi airport

Posted on 21/05/2008

Abu Dhabi International Airport will offer free Wi-Fi internet accessibility and improved parking facilities from June 1. With this, the capital's airport will join 152 others, including Dubai International Airport, where free Wi-Fi access is available to all users. As a prelude to the Wi-Fi connectivity being made available, senior official of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) had been operating a dozen internet kiosks for the past year with users allowed free access for the first 15 ...  >>MORE

Green laser technology to combat bird strikes at Middle East airports

Posted on 19/05/2008

Green laser technology that sweeps airport runways to scare away birds could help regional civil aviation authorities to combat a large threat to aircraft safety during takeoff and landing. Bird and wildlife strikes to aircraft costs the US civil aviation industry more than US$600 million annually, while 220 people have been killed world-wide as a result of bird strikes in the last 20 years. According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, 90 percent of bird strikes occur at or ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central provides catalyst to boost regional tourism growth: Ahmed

Posted on 05/05/2008

Dubai World Central (DWC), the 140 square kilometre city taking shape in Dubai will provide an impetus to the Middle East's ambitious efforts in attracting a global tourist audience, said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai City of Aviation Corporation-Dubai World Central. His statement came prior to Arabian Travel Market 2008, the leading Middle East and Pan-Arab travel and tourism exhibition being held at the Dubai International Convention Centre from 6-9 May. "Dubai is ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Airports to welcome passengers to Emirates Terminal 3 today


Abu Dhabi's new runway opens


Emirates Terminal 3 revealed to the Media


Emirates Terminal 3 geared for growth


Dubai Airports successfully concludes operational testing of Terminal 3


Dubai World Central paved way for DWC Aviation City Construction


Abu Dhabi airport surprises visitors with traditional Eid tent


Abu Dhabi International Airport year-to-date passenger traffic up 34.3% in August


3,000 Volunteers Take Part in Second Trial Test at Dubai Airport Terminal 3


Dubai Airports seeks to boost UAE national staff


Abu Dhabi airport passenger growth surges 26.7 per cent


Al Ain Airport welcomes new cargo operator


Dubai Airports conducts second operational trial for Terminal 3


Dubai International Airport staff give service with a smile


Dubai Airports to start first phase of operations at T3 from Oct 14


DNRD scores new record processing time at DIA


Dubai Airports conducts first major operational trial at Terminal 3


360,000 travellers marvel at Einstein showcased at Abu Dhabi international airport


Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering passes IATA's toughest audit


Abu Dhabi Airport among world's first to be 'Service Quality Assured' certified


Abu Dhabi International Airport to host over 140 million year old dinosaur


Abu Dhabi International Airport registers Q2 passenger-rise


Traffic at Dubai International crosses 18.4m in 2008 first half


Dubai Duty Free sales surge 31pc to Dh1.9b


Most Abu Dhabi flights rescheduled


ADAC announces first dedicated executive airport in region


Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies to build US$75 million hangar


Mohammed bin Zayed launches face recognition system at Abu Dhabi airport


ADAT to build new US$75m hangar


Dubai airport unveils Al Majlis VIP facility


Dubai International launches initiatives to ease passengers through the airport during summer rush


3.5m passengers used Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport from Jan-May this year


Dubai among 11 e-freight ready sites


Emirati 'Ambassadors' to assist travellers as Abu Dhabi Airport prepares for summer peak


Abu Dhabi airports get new identity


Record passenger growth at Abu Dhabi Airport


Airport Show Survey: Abu Dhabi among region’s top aviation investors


Airport plan to link Al Gharbia


Free Wi-Fi internet access at Abu Dhabi airport


Green laser technology to combat bird strikes at Middle East airports


Dubai World Central provides catalyst to boost regional tourism growth: Ahmed