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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

Abu Dhabi Airports Company readies for 2.7 million tourists

Posted on 05/05/2008

Ahead of the Arabian Travel Market 2008 (ATM), set to run from May 6 - 9 May, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), has acknowledged that both leisure and business tourism into the UAE capital are becoming key drivers in boosting passenger throughput at its airports. The gateway to the UAE; Abu Dhabi International Airport is the first point of reference for visitors and travellers to the Emirate and as such ADAC, the owner-operator of the airport, has stated that it recognises its responsibility ...  >>MORE

Dubai world's 6th busiest airport

Posted on 30/04/2008

Dubai International Airport overtook Singapore's Changi in the first quarter to become the sixth busiest airport worldwide, latest industry figures show. The growing passenger numbers in Dubai, which reached 9.34 million in the first three months of the year, underlined calls by industry leaders for a new regional traffic control system to bring order to dangerously congested skies over the Gulf. The latest figures from Airports Council International, a global industry association, mark a ...  >>MORE

Executive flight centre to be set up at Jebel Ali airport

Posted on 30/04/2008

The UAE's general aviation sector boom is set to continue with a dedicated Executive Flight Centre at the world's largest airport being built at Jebel Ali, officials said at the opening of the General Aviation Middle East (GAME) Summit in Dubai yesterday. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Group, opened the first GAME Summit yesterday and detailed the importance of this sector to Dubai. General aviation, ...  >>MORE

Dubai outshines Changi airport

Posted on 27/04/2008

Dubai International Airport overtook Singapore's Changi Airport in terms of total passenger numbers in the first quarter of this year, becoming sixth largest aviation hub in the world after Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and London. In the first three months of this year, Dubai International Airport (DIA) handled 9.34 million passengers, edging past the 9.32 million passing through Changi's gates, the Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said in its regional outlook report for ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes nasair's inaugural flight

Posted on 22/04/2008

In only the airline's second international destination outside Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi International Airport has welcomed the Kingdom's first low-cost carrier, nasair, on its inaugural flight to the UAE capital. Welcoming nasair's Managing Director of Scheduled Airlines Husain Nalkhanday, who was on board the inaugural flight from Riyadh, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Director of Marketing & Communications at the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), said: 'The GCC is a natural growth area for low-cost ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport registers impressive growth

Posted on 20/04/2008

The growth in the number of passengers and flights in the first quarter of this year has increased compared to last year, according to the Sharjah International Airport officials. It is expected that there will be 5.5 million passengers by the end of 2008. Passengers' number went up to 27.2 per cent as the total number jumped to 1.26 million passengers, compared with 992,000 passengers in 2007. There is also an increase of 23.8 per cent of flights, an increase of 14,725 regular scheduled ...  >>MORE

DIA's double-digit growth continues in 2008 Q1

Posted on 15/04/2008

Passenger throughput at Dubai International Airport crossed the 9 million mark in the first quarter this year, registering an increase of 15.11% over the corresponding period in 2007. The airport handled a total of 9,341,270 passengers from January to March this year, as compared to 8,114,762 in the first quarter of 2007. March was the busiest month with 3.25 million passengers, while February registered the lowest at just over 2.97 million passengers. With a total of 34.34 million ...  >>MORE

About 9, 000 passengers travelled from RAK Airport in March

Posted on 13/04/2008

A statistical report has shown that 8, 997 passengers travelled from RAK Airport in March 2008 compared to 5, 883 passengers in corresponding period last year. According to the report released by the RAK Aviation Department, the air cargo exports and imports surged by 59 per cent in March 2008 compared to the same period 2007, adding that there has been traffic increment in regard to passenger and cargo planes at the RAK airport this year. The airport received 631 regular and irregular ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free Q1 sales up 31 per cent to US$266m

Posted on 08/04/2008

Dubai Duty Free has announced first quarter sales of Dhs958 million (US$266 million) which represents a 31 per cent increase over the same period last year and signals a great start to what is going to be a landmark year for the operation. Commenting on the first quarter sales, Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free said: "At the start of the year we had forecast that 2008 would see our sales rise to Dh4 billion (US$1 billion) and so far we are right on target. This is going to ...  >>MORE

Glass supply for Etihad Terminal completed

Posted on 07/04/2008

Emirates Glass, one of the leading processors of architectural flat glass in the Middle East and a subsidiary of Glass, which is wholly owned by Dubai Investments, has supplied 8,000 square metres of its premium EmiCool high performance glass products to the Etihad Airways Terminal at Abu Dhabi airport. Emirates Glass completed the delivery of EmiTherm sealed insulated glass units comprising 8mm Emicool Plus NE270 Grey outer pane and 17.52mm clear laminated inner pane. The Etihad Airways ...  >>MORE

ADAC posts 33% traffic growth in February

Posted on 02/04/2008

Maintaining its position as one of the fastest growing airports in the region, Abu Dhabi International Airport has released its traffic data for February 2008 which details a robust 32.7 percent passenger growth and 16.9 percent for aircraft movements, over the same period last year. Abu Dhabi International Airport handled 648,301 passengers in February 2008 compared to 488,453 for the same month in 2007; the Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) figures show a total of 7,272,134 passengers were ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport's Terminal-3 to cost Dh1b

Posted on 26/03/2008

The cost of construction of Abu Dhabi international airport Terminal-3 will be Dh1 billion, said the chairman and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) Khalifa Al Mazroui, on the sidelines of an industry conference. The construction of Terminal-3 has been on for the past 18 months and it is due for completion in the summer. The terminal is expected to be partly opened towards the end of April. "It's being built to accommodate the growth of Etihad Airways. When complete, the ...  >>MORE

New landing system at Dubai airport certified

Posted on 13/03/2008

Diversions and delays of flights due to fog are a thing of the past at Dubai International Airport, as a new category of Instrument Landing System has become fully operational following certification by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on March 10. A major upgrade over the Cat I and Cat II systems that were in use, the newly certified CAT IIIA Instrument Landing System (ILS) enables a pilot to land in visibility as low as 200 metres. Dubai international airport is the first CAT ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport to handle 70m passengers by 2016

Posted on 12/03/2008

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspected the expansion work at the Dubai International Airport aimed at providing additional facilities to accommodate over 43 million passengers a year. Sheikh Mohammed toured the new facilities dedicated exclusively to Emirates Airline which includes the new building (Terminal 3) and passengers' concourse 2. Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport adopts new look to make travellers welcome

Posted on 28/02/2008

Abu Dhabi Airport has unveiled a new look to its terminal one building with a range of posters and artwork to help welcome travellers to Abu Dhabi. Based on the work developed by the Office of the Brand, Abu Dhabi, the installations reflect the core values which Abu Dhabi wants to project to visitors and residents alike - the value of respect. Further phases of work are being planned in the coming months that will see signage and landscaping renewed around the airport and its approaches ahead ...  >>MORE

Dubai wins best airport award

Posted on 25/02/2008

Dubai International Airport recently won awards for 'Best Airport' in the Middle East, at the prestigious Business Traveller Awards in Germany, and the 'Fastest Growing Airport' and 'Best Duty Free', at the Naseba Middle East and North Africa (Mena) Airports Awards in Doha. Passenger throughput at Dubai International reached 34.34 million in 2007 - up 19.3 per cent over 2006, the highest growth rate registered last year by any international airport. Dubai Duty Free also announced ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Airport celebrates 75th anniversary

Posted on 19/02/2008

Sharjah International Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Director General of Sharjah Civil Aviation Department Abdul Wahab Al Roumi expressed sincere greetings to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah on this occasion, which reflected the steady growth of the emirate into development. Director of Sharjah Airport Authority Ali Salem Al Midfa said that the directives from the Ruler at every cross-road in the airport's march ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free aims high

Posted on 18/02/2008

Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) is targeting a 25 per cent increase in turnover in 2008 above the 2007 turnover of US$102.6 million, its general manager said on Sunday. "This may increase further if our annual passenger number increases above the forecast, which is 7.6 million passengers for 2008 at Abu Dhabi International Airport," Dan Cappell told Gulf News. The ADDF 2007 turnover was 36.29 per cent higher than 2006. The ADDF said 2007 sales were buoyed by robust growth across the core categories ...  >>MORE

Etihad unveils new international TV commercial

Posted on 06/02/2008

Etihad Airways is to launch its latest international television advertising campaign as the Abu Dhabi-based airline experiences a record-breaking start to the year. The high-budget TV commercial is part Etihad's long term plans to build awareness and understanding across key markets, particularly amongst business travellers. Etihad's new TV campaign will run from early February, with the new television commercial receiving its official premiere in the UAE on 5 February, before being rolled ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport achieves record growth in 2007

Posted on 20/01/2008

Abu Dhabi International Airport has registered a record year in 2007, with a rise of 31 per cent in total passengers and 15 per cent in aircraft movements compared to 2006 to make it one of the fastest growing airports in the region. Confirming continuous growth throughout 2007, the December traffic results showed a 40.4% uptrend in total passengers and a 19.9% rise in aircraft movements, compared to December 2006. For the full year 2007, total passengers grew 31% over 2006 while aircraft ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village maintains robust growth in 2007

Posted on 20/01/2008

Dubai Cargo Village handled a total of 1.66 million tonnes of freight in 2007 as compared to just over 1.5 million tonnes in 2006, an increase of 10.96 per cent. DCV has been consistently achieving year on year double digit growth since it was established in 1991. The months of November and December were the busiest months in 2007 in terms of tonnage with 149,527 and 147,754 tonnes of freight respectively, while February recorded the highest growth over the corresponding period in 2006, at ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport to be upgraded by end of 2008

Posted on 21/11/2007

Abu Dhabi International Airport is working hard to alleviate disruptions to air traffic due to bad weather, said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). "We do appreciate the frustrations passengers have come through in the past few days as a result of the fog. However, our first and foremost responsibility as airport operators is to the safety and security of our passengers. At the same time, we are striving to put in place new measures to ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Crown Prince opens $32m jet fuel pipeline and storage facility

Posted on 19/11/2007

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah today inaugurated a $32m, jet fuel facility designed to boost Sharjah International Airport's operational capabilities and increase its potential refuelling capacity in line with the northern emirate's projected aviation industry growth. The 50,000 metric ton state-of-the-art facility is located in the Hamriyah Free Zone and comprises a 45,000 square metres jet fuel storage terminal and 45 km long pipeline ...  >>MORE

RAK Duty Free set to commence operations

Posted on 19/11/2007

Ras Al Khaimah will soon have a chain of state-of-the-art duty-free outlets as part of its efforts to boost the emirate's fast growing tourism and aviation sector. RAK Duty Free (RDF) is all set to open duty-free shops in select top hotels in Ras Al Khaimah and also onboard RAK Airways flights. 'The RAK Duty Free shops will offer the tourists arriving in RAK an exciting new duty-free shopping experience, providing them an unparalleled collection of duty-free items and highest international ...  >>MORE

Arrivals in Dubai climb to 5.1m in first nine months

Posted on 16/11/2007

Dubai's tourist arrivals grew seven per cent to 5.1 million in the first nine months of 2007 compared with the same period last year, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said. Hotel revenues increased by a healthy 21 per cent to Dh8.7 billion as occupancy levels touched 87 per cent during the period. The average occupancy in serviced apartments grew by 2.4 per cent to 83.4 per cent. Hotels in the city reported 15.3 million guest nights from January to September, an ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport named MidEast's best provider of security

Posted on 14/11/2007

The Airport Security of the Year Award was bestowed on Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) as part of the inaugural Aviation Business Awards. The award was received at a special ceremony in Dubai by ADAC Director of Aviation Security Harib Bin Ghannam Al Hameli from Diarmuid O'Malley, Publishing Director of ITP Business Publishing. The Airport Security of the Year Award which recognizes ADIA as the best provider of security services in the Middle East is bestowed upon the airport security ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed unveils new brand identities for Dubai Airports

Posted on 12/11/2007

H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, unveiled in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai new visual identities and brands for Dubai Airports and associate entities on the opening day at the 10th Aerospace Exhibition Dubai Airshow 2007. Commenting on the launch of the new brand images, Sheikh Mohammed laid emphasis on the importance of the aviation and logistics sectors in the economic development of the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular. "The new ...  >>MORE

Dubai International aims to be world’s friendliest airport for special needs people

Posted on 07/11/2007

Dubai International is focusing on introducing new services and improving existing facilities to become the world's friendliest airport for people with special needs, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, has said. He made the comments during a meeting with a group of special needs individuals, who were invited to discuss issues pertaining to special needs services at the airport. He said that as part of its strategy to facilitate easy movement of people with different kinds of special ...  >>MORE

First runway at Dubai World Central complete

Posted on 06/11/2007

Development of the 140-square kilometre Dubai World Central (DWC) airport facility is rapidly taking shape as more than 9,000 workers create the complex out of the desert. More than 30 contracts worth Dh8 billion have already been awarded at the massive 140-square kilometre airport facility called Dubai World Central. One of the largest and earliest contracts, a Dh1 billion tender to local builder Al Naboodah Contracting for an A-380 enabled 4.5-kilometre CAT III runway, has been completed, ...  >>MORE

Successful implementation of new security measures at Abu Dhabi Airport

Posted on 04/11/2007

Abu Dhabi International Airport has reported smooth implementation of the new measures restricting the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) that passengers can carry onboard as part of their hand-carry luggage. The new rules went into force at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 1A starting from 1500hrs on November 1st, 2007. The Airport Operations Department described the implementation as "smooth". "Traffic flow was smooth, and all flights left on time, thanks to ...  >>MORE

Dubai aims to be one of the world's most important air hubs

Posted on 30/10/2007

Dubai is investing Dh300bn to make the emirate one of the world's most important air hubs, says The Report: Dubai 2007, published by Oxford Business Group, the prestigious UK-based publishing, research and consultancy services organization. Officials at Dubai International Airport (DIA) are expecting an annual total of 60m passengers per year by 2010, and the airport is looking to the addition of a third terminal and two extra concourses to reach 70m passengers per year capacity Some 28.6m ...  >>MORE

New aviation security measures at AD airport terminals 1, 1A

Posted on 24/10/2007

New aviation security measures will be implemented at Abu Dhabi International Airport starting from November 1st, 2007. The new measures, which apply to flights departing from Terminals 1 and 1A, including passengers transiting at these terminals, restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels that passengers can carry onboard in their hand-carry luggage. The new measures are in line with guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the directives of the UAE ...  >>MORE

JXB attracts major airlines

Posted on 10/10/2007

Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), in its goal to become the world's largest airport, attracted major airlines at the recently held 13th World Route Development Forum 2007, the world's leading airline and airport networking event in Stockholm, Sweden. With the world's major airlines from five continents on display, JXB was the focus for top airline executives in earmarking the future airport on their international routes and planning process. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

25 million passengers in the first nine months at Dubai Airport

Posted on 09/10/2007

Dubai International Airport is heading for yet another successful year with passenger throughput reaching 25.4 million between January and September - a growth of more than 19% over the corresponding period in 2006. The airport handled some 21.33 million passengers between January and September last year. August was the busiest month for the airport so far this year with 3,287,894 passengers passing through, while just over 3.08 million passengers were recorded in July. Growth-wise too July ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport takes big strides

Posted on 30/09/2007

Abu Dhabi International Airport handled 707,671 passengers in August this year, a 32 per cent increase over the 536,201 passengers in August 2006, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), which operates and manages the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain international airports, said yesterday."The number of aircraft movements increased 10 per cent in the month from 6,156 in August 2006 to 6,785. Cargo volume increased to 27,015 tonnes from 23,601 tonnes, a growth of 14.5 per cent," said ADAC. During the ...  >>MORE

AD airport registers significant growth in August

Posted on 16/09/2007

Abu Dhabi International Airport handled a total of 707,671 passengers in August 2007, a 32 per cent rise over the 536,201 passengers seen in August 2006. The number of aircraft movements increased 10% during the same period, rising from 6,156 in August 2006 to 6,785. Cargo volume increased to 27,015 tons in August 2007 from 23,601 tons last year, a growth of 14.5%. Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to achieve high levels of growth, with the passenger growth in August exceeding ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central gets latest GPS technology

Posted on 04/09/2007

Progress at Dubai World Central (DWC) - the massive 140 square kilometre urban aviation community under construction in Jebel Ali - has received a boost due to its recent tie-up with Dubai Municipality's state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems (GIS) department to provide the latest e-mapping technology. Real time aerial and satellite images along with global positioning (GPS) coordinates will enable DWC staff and contractors to minutely identify utility services, urban land plans and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport introduces indoor taxi queue system

Posted on 03/09/2007

Arriving passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport no longer need to wait or queue in the hot sun for a taxi. An indoor taxi queue system has been established to ensure that passengers remain in air conditioned comfort while queuing for a taxi to their selected destinations. The new system spares passengers the need to expose themselves to the outdoor climate, particularly during the hot summer months when temperatures would soar to over 40 degrees. The indoor taxi queue system is the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport honours its "Student Ambassadors"

Posted on 30/08/2007

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) organized on Wednesday a special ceremony in honour of participants in the Student Ambassador Programme (SAP), an initiative launched by ADAC to involve students from Abu Dhabi in providing assistance to passengers during the summer holiday. Thirty four students from local academic institutions in Abu Dhabi joined the programme in mid June 2007 in conjunction with the summer holiday. They moved about the terminal looking for opportunities to assist travellers. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport receives the A380

Posted on 30/07/2007

The Airbus A380 paid a short visit to Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday. The Super Jumbo landed at 9.22am, and took off again later yesterday. The visit was part of a week-long engine testing and pilot training from its selected base in Al Ain International Airport. Abu Dhabi Airport will have a second runway operational by March 2008 which can accommodate all wide-bodied craft, including the A380. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

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


Abu Dhabi Airports Company readies for 2.7 million tourists


Dubai world's 6th busiest airport


Executive flight centre to be set up at Jebel Ali airport


Dubai outshines Changi airport


Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes nasair's inaugural flight


Sharjah airport registers impressive growth


DIA's double-digit growth continues in 2008 Q1


About 9, 000 passengers travelled from RAK Airport in March


Dubai Duty Free Q1 sales up 31 per cent to US$266m


Glass supply for Etihad Terminal completed


ADAC posts 33% traffic growth in February


Abu Dhabi airport's Terminal-3 to cost Dh1b


New landing system at Dubai airport certified


Dubai International Airport to handle 70m passengers by 2016


Abu Dhabi Airport adopts new look to make travellers welcome


Dubai wins best airport award


Sharjah International Airport celebrates 75th anniversary


Abu Dhabi Duty Free aims high


Etihad unveils new international TV commercial


Abu Dhabi Airport achieves record growth in 2007


Dubai Cargo Village maintains robust growth in 2007


Abu Dhabi Airport to be upgraded by end of 2008


Sharjah Crown Prince opens $32m jet fuel pipeline and storage facility


RAK Duty Free set to commence operations


Arrivals in Dubai climb to 5.1m in first nine months


Abu Dhabi Airport named MidEast's best provider of security


Sheikh Mohammed unveils new brand identities for Dubai Airports


Dubai International aims to be world’s friendliest airport for special needs people


First runway at Dubai World Central complete


Successful implementation of new security measures at Abu Dhabi Airport


Dubai aims to be one of the world's most important air hubs


New aviation security measures at AD airport terminals 1, 1A


JXB attracts major airlines


25 million passengers in the first nine months at Dubai Airport


Abu Dhabi airport takes big strides


AD airport registers significant growth in August


Dubai World Central gets latest GPS technology


Abu Dhabi Airport introduces indoor taxi queue system


Abu Dhabi International Airport honours its "Student Ambassadors"


Abu Dhabi International Airport receives the A380