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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Sharjah Civil Aviation invests in new 2D tower simulator

Posted on 28/02/2007

The Sharjah International Airport has recently purchased a new 2D simulator, the best in the industry from Micronav, a company based in the UK. This move comes as a part of the airport's consistent commitment to routinely upgrade skills and services in all its departments with the top resources available in the aviation industry. The simulator will be used at the civil aviation training offices to provide refresher courses as we as emergency continuation training for the Air Traffic ...  >>MORE

'Instant laboratory' to spot drugs at airport

Posted on 27/02/2007

Police will now be able to instantly detect medicines that are prohibited in the country as well as drugs by using an instrument called e-Lab. Field officers will start using the instrument in the airport today. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, yesterday announced the launch of the e-lab at a press conference. Lieutenant General Dahi said the programme was created by Habiba Al Saffar, an expert in the Dubai Police Forensic Science Department. The idea for ...  >>MORE

Raytheon eyes Dubai World Central's systems

Posted on 23/02/2007

US-based Raytheon company is expecting that tenders for the air traffic control systems for the Dubai World Central will be awarded soon, according to a company's senior official. "We are bidding to supply high-tech multiple systems in Dubai, and the contracts will be awarded soon," said Paul T. Mikolashek, Raytheon president for Mena and Pakistan. Raytheon, the world's largest missile producer, has a share of about 40 per cent of the international air traffic control systems market. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport achieves new record in air traffic

Posted on 15/02/2007

The Sharjah International Airport has registered a new record in air traffic, cargo and passenger movements to and from the airport. Statistics released by the Airport's authority showed that passenger movement through the airport increased by 36.9% to reach 3.64 million compared to 2.237 million recorded in 2005. Air traffic also surged by 14.2% to reach 44,182 flights last year against 38,699 flights recorded in 2005. Air cargo also witnessed a significant rise of 12.69%, rising ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central: A city in its own right

Posted on 11/02/2007

Promoters call it a "true city-within-a-city." A look at the project's development plans shows the statement to be slightly misleading. In sheer size it will be a new city in its own right, and not a city within anything. Being developed on an area of 140 square kilometres, Dubai World Central (DWC) will add 900,000 inhabitants to the city's current population of 1.35 million. The government launched DWC in May last year with the aim of making Dubai a global aviation and logistics hub ...  >>MORE

Changi likely to buy stake in Abu Dhabi airport operator

Posted on 07/02/2007

Singapore's Changi Airport International may buy a stake in Abu Dhabi's airport operator when its contract to manage the emirate's airport runs out next year, a senior official said yesterday. Changi Airport won a contract in December to manage Abu Dhabi airport for 18 months, beating UK operator BAA and Austria's Flughafen Wien AG. "The partnership with Changi might be restructured into equity or other form of partnership," Khalifa Al Mazroui, chief executive of state-owned Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Dubai unveils Middle East's largest executive jet centre

Posted on 01/02/2007

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai World Central - Dubai Aviation Corporation, Government of Dubai, has unveiled the master plan for the Middle East's largest executive jet centre at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) exhibition at Airport Expo Dubai. He unveiled a model of the world class facility which will be among the industry's best competing with Van Nuys in California, Teterboro in New York, Le Bourget in France and Farnborough in the UK. The Executive Jet ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central phase 1 construction moves into top gear

Posted on 25/01/2007

Dubai World Central (DWC), the 140 square kilometre urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali, is taking shape with the award of two major construction contracts. The turnkey construction of its Dh1.5 billion Dubai Logistics City (DLC) headquarters and office park has gone to Kuwait-based M.A. Kharafi & Sons - a US$3.3 billion privately-owned group with interests across 33 countries. Completion is scheduled for March 2009. In a second award, the contract for the construction of ...  >>MORE

The Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Airport extension inaugurated in Punjab

Posted on 20/01/2007

Bahawalpur, Pakistan - Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry inaugurated today Phase-2 of the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Airport extension in Bahawalpur city, Punjab, Pakistan. Accompanied by Pakistan's Defence Minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal, Sheikh Hamdan toured the arrivals and departure halls, new offices, logistic, engineering and security support centres as well as cargo areas and passenger and cargo aircraft-parking ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village eyes 16% increase

Posted on 18/01/2007

Dubai Cargo Village aims to increase its cargo volume by 16 per cent this year, the facility's director said yesterday. It handled a total of 1,410,963 tonnes of cargo in 2006, achieving 5.85 per cent growth over the previous year. "Our target for this year is 1.65 million tonnes. It will make us the world's 14th biggest air cargo handling facility. At present we are number 17," Dubai Cargo Village director Ali Al Jallaf told Gulf News. December was the most successful month for Cargo ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free expects to reach US$1b in sales by 2010

Posted on 15/01/2007

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) expects to reach the landmark target of US$1 billion in sales by 2010, according to company officials. George Horan, DDF deputy managing director, said last year's record 20 per cent growth, which resulted in US$700 million in sales, should be maintained over the coming years, and the organisation forecasts US$1 billion in sales in three years' time. DDF is expected to expand by several thousand square feet of new retail space once the new airport terminal and ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport registers 16.17 per cent growth in 2006

Posted on 14/01/2007

Dubai International Airport had yet another successful year in 2006 with the annual passenger throughput reaching 28,788,726 - a growth of 16.17 per cent. The airport had handled some 24.78 million passengers in 2005. Passenger throughput is expected to cross 33 million this year. The growth rate in passenger throughput registered in 2006 means that for the sixth consecutive year, the airport has continued to grow well over an average of 15 per cent annually. A total of 113 scheduled airlines ...  >>MORE

New Dubai airport terminal to be ready before year end

Posted on 11/01/2007

The Terminal 3 and Concourse 2 being constructed as part of the ongoing expansion work at Dubai International Airport will be operational by third quarter of this year. President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Chairman of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum who toured the construction sites expressed satisfaction at the pace of work. He said the US$4.1 billion Dubai International Airport Expansion Programme that covers the construction of Terminal 3 and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free reports 20% rise in sales to Dh2.56b

Posted on 04/01/2007

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) reported a 20 per cent increase in sales to Dh2.56 billion in 2006, the government-owned DDF said in a statement. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, said: "It has been another highly successful year for Dubai Duty Free and the turnover reflects the operation's determination to retain its position as one of the top three duty free operations in the world. I congratulate the team at DDF on its ...  >>MORE

DDF sees 20 per cent sales rise

Posted on 03/01/2007

Dubai Duty Free recorded a 20 per cent increase in sales in 2006 as compared to 2005, crossing the Dh2.56 billion mark. The news comes soon after the DDF announced, on the occasion of its 23rd anniversary, record sales of Dh29.6 million in 24 hours. Having handled more than 44,000 sales transactions on average per day or 16 million transactions in the year, the DDF experienced a significant increase in sales in the last quarter of 2006, even though the sales increased consistently ...  >>MORE

Fujairah airport to introduce advanced safety technology

Posted on 25/12/2006

The aviation engineering division at Data Processing Systems, a UAE based company specialised in technology integration, has signed a contract with Fujairah's Department of Civil Aviation to implement ground and airborne safety technology at Fujairah International Airport. The project, due to be delivered by next May, is set to include solutions such as short term conflict alert and minimum safe altitude warning. The new system will help pilots assess visibility in bad weather conditions ...  >>MORE

Air traffic centre in Abu Dhabi will be completed in Nov. 2008

Posted on 25/12/2006

The Air Navigation Services Centre (ANSC) near Abu Dhabi International Airport, commissioned by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) at a total cost of Dh300 million (for buildings and equipment) will be completed and ready for use in the last quarter of 2008, about six months behind the original planned completion date. The revised completion dates were released at last week's board meeting of the GCAA, headed by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Development for the ...  >>MORE

Dh110m fuel farm at Dubai airport

Posted on 19/12/2006

A fuel farm has been established at the Dubai International Airport, with an investment of Dh110 million. The Joint Industry Fuel Farm (JIFF) will also serve the Dubai World Central international airport, according to top aviation executives. "The new facility is committed to meeting the fuel requirements of Dubai World Central. However, there will also be another jet fuel farm for the new airport in the future with much bigger facilities. But for now, the current one at the DIA would ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company names Changi as Airport operations manager

Posted on 13/12/2006

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has named Changi Airports International of Singapore as operations manager of Abu Dhabi International Airport. An operations management agreement was signed yesterday by Khalifa Al Mazrouei, ADAC Chairman and Managing Director, and Chow Kok Fong, CEO of Changi Airports International (CAI) According to the terms of the agreement, CAI will assume management of operations in key areas of the Airport- including terminal and apron operations, airport ...  >>MORE

Fujairah airport seeks to improve services with duty-free outlet

Posted on 14/11/2006

The rapid development of Fujairah International Airport took on another important step yesterday through the introduction of duty free shopping. The new 1,000 square metre outlet, based in the airport's new terminal, was inaugurated by Mohammad Al Salami, chairman of the Fujairah Civil Aviation Authority. Fujairah airport has witnessed some major developments over recent months, which has seen its air traffic increase 28 per cent since the start of this year coupled with a 23 per cent ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company seeks strategic partners

Posted on 14/11/2006

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company "ADAC" is to announce within the next month a partner to operate Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to the Company's Chairman and Managing Director, Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazrouei. "We are considering proposals from a number of the world class operators, among them are Singapore's Change Airport, Munich Airport, Vienna Airport and BAA" said Al Mazrouei. Addressing MEED's Abu Dhabi Conference 2006, Al Mazrouei said aviation industry in Abu Dhabi was poised ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Airport witnesses all-round growth

Posted on 06/11/2006

Passenger traffic through Sharjah International Airport jumped by 37 per cent in the first nine months of 2006 compared with the same period last year from 1.63 million to 2.23 million. The number of flights increased 14 per cent from 27,904 to 31,815. The volume of cargo and shipping reached 411,697 tonnes, an increase of 17.9 per cent compared with the 349,259 tonnes handled in the previous period.The number of transit passengers increased 164.2 per cent from 37,771 to 99,806. The ...  >>MORE

Record passengers at Sharjah Airport

Posted on 31/10/2006

Sharjah Airport handled more than two million people in the first nine months of the year and broke records in the number of passengers travelling from the airport, aircraft movements, cargo and shipping handling. The latest statistics issued by the airport indicate that passenger movement is up by 37.21 per cent in the first nine months of 2006, compared with the same period of 2005. The airport handled 2.23 million passengers in the first nine months of the year, compared to 1.63 million ...  >>MORE

A380 delay to hit Dubai airport expansion

Posted on 28/10/2006

The announcement by Airbus earlier this month of a further delay in the delivery of the A380 superjumbo by up to one year has caused considerable concern among its customers, notably Dubai's Emirates airline, whose order for 45 represents 27 per cent of the planemaker's orderbook of 159. Emirates, which was to receive its first A380 this month, will not get it until August 2008 nearly 22 months after the initial delivery was scheduled. What does the delay mean to Dubai International ...  >>MORE

RAK receives first European chartered flight

Posted on 22/10/2006

Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday received its first chartered flight carrying 166 tourists from Europe, marking the beginning of a new chapter in its tourism industry. Travel Service's Boeing 737-800 touched down at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport at 4.30pm carrying tourists from Prague with a stopover at Budapest. The tourists were welcomed at the airport by Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of RAK Civil Aviation. The passengers comprised tourists from the Czech Republic, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport sees 15 per cent growth

Posted on 10/10/2006

Dubai International Airport (DIA) handled more than 21.33 million passengers in the first nine months of this year – a growth of 15 per cent. The airport handled about 18.52 million passengers during the corresponding period last year. August was the busiest month so far this year with 2.65 million passengers, while more than 2.5 million and 2.4 million travellers were recorded in July and September respectively. In the past nine months, Cargo Village handled 1.034 million tonnes of ...  >>MORE

Raytheon wins Dh75m deal to upgrade air traffic centre

Posted on 09/10/2006

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has awarded defence contractor Raytheon with a Dh75 million (US$20.4 million) deal to upgrade its air traffic management system. Raytheon's AutoTrac III system will be installed at the Sheikh Zayed Air Traffic Centre in Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi. The purchase is expected to accommodate any anticipated air traffic growth over the next 20 years. Mohammad Al Gaith, director general of GCAA, said the AutoTrac system was first tested in 2002 at Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

ADAC takes over Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Airports

Posted on 02/10/2006

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has formally assumed the operation and management of Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Ain International Airport, effective Thursday September 28th, 2006. As part of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's vision to develop the Abu Dhabi aviation sector, Emiri Decree No. 5 issued on March 4, 2006, granted ADAC the mandate to manage, operate and maintain airports and associated facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to its incorporation ...  >>MORE

GE wins US$9m airport security deal

Posted on 27/09/2006

GE Security, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Company, yesterday said it has sold CTX 9000 advanced-technology explosives detection systems to Dubai Civil Aviation in a contract valued at more than US$9 million. The systems will be deployed at Dubai International Airport's terminal three this year. Khalifa Al Zafein, director, Engineering Projects Directorate at the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation said, "Dubai International Airport is committed to provide the best services ...  >>MORE

GAMCO's revenues cross Dh723 million

Posted on 26/09/2006

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO), the Middle East's leading provider of maintenance and engineering services for airlines, generated total revenue of Dh723 million in the first eight months of 2006. Revenue for this period decreased marginally compared to the same period of the previous year, while profit increased to Dh68 million. Announcing the company's achievement, Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, the Chairman, said, "We are proud to announce this impressive result for ...  >>MORE

UAE airport capacity will hit 120m by 2008

Posted on 20/09/2006

Airports in the UAE are investing more than Dh46 billion in airport expansion projects which will increase their capacity from 33 million passengers annually at present to 120 million passengers by 2008. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, also said the country's airlines have placed Dh200 billion worth of orders for new aircraft, of which Emirates alone accounts for Dh110 billion. He added that counting ...  >>MORE

Magazine readers vote Dubai Airport the best in the world

Posted on 13/09/2006

Dubai International Airport (DIA) has been voted the world's best by readers of the acclaimed Conde Nast Traveller magazine – for the third time. Alongside this, Dubai Duty Free was also voted the world's best – confirming it as the finest for retail therapy. "We strive to provide nothing but the best for all our passengers and customers. This award is the recognition of all the hard work and efforts put in by all our service providers and staff to provide excellent service to passengers,” ...  >>MORE

UAE to build largest Mideast air navigation centre

Posted on 07/09/2006

The General Aviation Authority has awarded the Emirates Athens Company a Dh100 million contract to set up the Zayed Air Navigation centre at the Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi. The centre, dubbed as the first and largest of its kind in the Middle East region, will be built in 14 months to be ready for operation by November 2007. The centre houses the main air control building and another emergency unit. Minister for Government Sector Development Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and Board Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Special drop off facility for rent a car users opened at DIA

Posted on 05/09/2006

Dropping off a rented car at the Dubai International Airport will be a breeze for passengers as Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) opened recently a parking and drop off facility dedicated to rent-a-car users. The facility will however offer services only to customers of the 19 rent a car companies that have offices inside the DIA. Located at the Departures level of DIA adjacent to car park A, the facility comprises an air-conditioned office building that houses counters of the 19 ...  >>MORE

DPS to install latest aircraft landing technologies at Dubai airports

Posted on 30/08/2006

Park Air Systems of Norway and Data Processing Systems LLC (DPS), a leading and strong partnership in the regional aviation industry, yesterday announced the win of two contracts from Dubai Civil Aviation that will see them install Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) technology at Dubai International Airport (DIA) and Dubai World Central (DWC), Jebel Ali. ILS and Distance Measurement Equipment (DME) are the technologies that allow pilots to position the aircraft for the optimum approach for ...  >>MORE

Traffic soars at Sharjah airport

Posted on 27/08/2006

Sharjah International Airport experienced an increase in the number of flights by 21.6 per cent, cargo by 28.3 per cent and passenger traffic by 45.4 per cent in July compared to the same month last year. Statistics show a sharp increase in passenger numbers at the airport from 194,993 in July 2005 to 283,483 passengers last month. Inbound passengers climbed from 83,043 in July 2005 to 121,499 passengers last July. Outbound passenger numbers grew from 99,352 to 135,105. Cargo volume also ...  >>MORE

Dubai Logistics City courts the power of the dragon

Posted on 26/08/2006

Dubai Logistics City (DLC), the first phase of the giant Dubai World Central urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali, just 40 kilometres from the city centre of the Arabian Gulf state of Dubai, has stepped up its courtship of Chinese investment to capitalise on the UAE's trade with the Asian powerhouse topping US$10 billion last year. DLC, the logistics 'hub' boasting unrivalled infrastructure, will woo the 'market of the future' at Air Cargo China 2006 - promising to link the ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport clocks higher passenger, cargo movement

Posted on 20/08/2006

Dubai International Airport registered a significant growth in terms of the number of passengers and aircraft movements in July, raising the total number of airport users to 16,287,380 passengers besides cargo totalling 803,613 tonnes and aircraft movements to 136,011 flights over the past seven months. As per the statistics issued by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, the total number of passengers passing through Dubai International Airport rose by 13.89 per cent in July, touching ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Int'l Airport receives first flight in new arrival Hall

Posted on 19/08/2006

Sharjah International Airport received the first flight in the new arrival hall yesterday. Passengers landed with the Air Arabia flight ABY G9 122 from Kuwait and were welcomed by the airport's staff with red roses. A small reception was organised with flowers and giveaways being distributed to passengers along with refreshments. Several officials were there to welcome the first passengers, Dr. Ghanem Al Hajri Director General Dept. of Civil Aviation and Sharjah Airport Authority, airport ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central International woos airlines

Posted on 19/08/2006

Dubai World Central International (JXB), the airport part of the huge logistics and transportation hub being developed in the Jebel Ali area, has started wooing airlines. JXB will be developed to become the world's largest airport with the combined size of London's Heathrow and Chicago's O'Hare airports. The airport will be promoted to airlines at Routes, an industry forum being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from September 17 to 19. The Dubai World Central project is being developed ...  >>MORE

UAE adopts IATA live animals regulations (LAR)

Posted on 19/08/2006

The UAE is the latest country/first country in the Gulf/Middle East to adopt the International Air Transport Association's (IATA's) regulations for the transport of live animals to and from the Emirate, IATA has announced. The IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) are the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Whether it be a pet, an animal transported for zoological or agricultural purposes or for any other reason, the objective of the IATA Live Animals ...  >>MORE

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Sharjah Civil Aviation invests in new 2D tower simulator


'Instant laboratory' to spot drugs at airport


Raytheon eyes Dubai World Central's systems


Sharjah Airport achieves new record in air traffic


Dubai World Central: A city in its own right


Changi likely to buy stake in Abu Dhabi airport operator


Dubai unveils Middle East's largest executive jet centre


Dubai World Central phase 1 construction moves into top gear


The Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Airport extension inaugurated in Punjab


Dubai Cargo Village eyes 16% increase


Dubai Duty Free expects to reach US$1b in sales by 2010


Dubai International Airport registers 16.17 per cent growth in 2006


New Dubai airport terminal to be ready before year end


Dubai Duty Free reports 20% rise in sales to Dh2.56b


DDF sees 20 per cent sales rise


Fujairah airport to introduce advanced safety technology


Air traffic centre in Abu Dhabi will be completed in Nov. 2008


Dh110m fuel farm at Dubai airport


Abu Dhabi Airports Company names Changi as Airport operations manager


Fujairah airport seeks to improve services with duty-free outlet


Abu Dhabi Airports Company seeks strategic partners


Sharjah International Airport witnesses all-round growth


Record passengers at Sharjah Airport


A380 delay to hit Dubai airport expansion


RAK receives first European chartered flight


Dubai Airport sees 15 per cent growth


Raytheon wins Dh75m deal to upgrade air traffic centre


ADAC takes over Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Airports


GE wins US$9m airport security deal


GAMCO's revenues cross Dh723 million


UAE airport capacity will hit 120m by 2008


Magazine readers vote Dubai Airport the best in the world


UAE to build largest Mideast air navigation centre


Special drop off facility for rent a car users opened at DIA


DPS to install latest aircraft landing technologies at Dubai airports


Traffic soars at Sharjah airport


Dubai Logistics City courts the power of the dragon


Dubai airport clocks higher passenger, cargo movement


Sharjah Int'l Airport receives first flight in new arrival Hall


Dubai World Central International woos airlines


UAE adopts IATA live animals regulations (LAR)