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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

Invisible eyes ensure Dubai airport remains safe

Posted on 19/08/2006

Dubai International Airport is monitored by 1,000 cameras, ensuring a high-level of electronic security surveillance of the facility. Lieutenant Colonel Humaid Al Ansari, Director of the Guarding and Inspection Department, said the department has covered all the paths leading to the airport with an "invisible" security shield to make it one of the safest airports in the world. He said the security systems have kept up the pace with the developments at the airport. Its officers and personnel ...  >>MORE

DCA unveils free Wi-Fi service at Dubai airport

Posted on 14/08/2006

Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) launched free wireless Internet service at Dubai International Airport yesterday. The service allows passengers free access to internet on their laptops, PDAs and smart phones. Passenger can assess the system in select areas in both the Arrivals and Departures areas of the airport. The DCA said it is expanding the service, which should be available through the entire airport by the end of the year. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Runway progress at world's largest airport ready for testing

Posted on 29/07/2006

Work on the first runway at the world's largest airport - Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) - is on target for completion in the last quarter of 2007. "Progress is right on schedule with more than 10 per cent of the four and a half kilometre CAT III runway, which will be capable of handling the new generation Airbus A380 aircraft, completed in the past four months alone," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central, ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic rises 37% at Sharjah Airport

Posted on 23/07/2006

Sharjah International Airport reported a 37.26 per cent jump in passenger traffic reaching 1,423,007 passengers in the first half of 2006 compared to 1,036,709 passengers in the first half of 2005, a statement said yesterday. "One of Middle East's busiest air-cargo hubs, Sharjah Airport is rapidly growing into one of the region's fastest growing passenger-hubs too; and the airport has witnessed high turnouts in passenger figures both in terms of flights operated and passenger numbers during ...  >>MORE

ADAC names designer for new air traffic control complex

Posted on 21/07/2006

Abu Dhabi Airports Company "ADAC" yesterday announced that it has selected the French Aeroport de Paris, Ingenierie (ADPi) to undertake the design and supervision services for the new Air Traffic Control Complex "ATCC" at Abu Dhabi International Airport. ATCC is to be positioned midway between the two runways and will be designed to include a five-storey technical and support building integrated with a 110-meter-high visual control tower. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central project ahead of schedule

Posted on 15/07/2006

Grading work on the second phase of Dubai World Central (DWC), the massive, multi-phase development centred around the planned international airport in Jebel Ali has moved ahead of schedule. Over 40 per cent of Phase 2 grading is complete and in the past four months 10 million cubic metres of earth has been moved ahead of October's total target of 28 million cubic metres, a DWC statement said. Phase 1 grading, carried out by Dubai-based Trident Transport Company, saw over 43 million cubic ...  >>MORE

Dubai air traffic hits 13.75m

Posted on 11/07/2006

Passenger movement at Dubai International Airport (DIA) increased 6.24 per cent to 13.75 million during the first half of 2006 over the first half of 2005, Dubai Civil Aviation, which runs DIA, said in a release on Monday. As reported in Gulf News last week, the DCA's half yearly report also confirms a 10 per cent increase in cargo volume. About 110 airlines currently serve DIA, flying to more than 160 regional and international destinations. "DIA handled a total of 13,759,320 passengers in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free half-year sales hit Dh1.18 billion

Posted on 09/07/2006

Half-year sales at Dubai Duty Free (DDF) have reached Dh1.18 billion (US$323 million), representing a 15 per cent increase over 2005's totals and placing the operation on track for another record-breaking year. Currently ranked number three in the world in terms of turnover, the operation has also seen an increase in the number of daily sales transactions, which now average 42,000 while the average spend has risen to US$45. Colm McLoughlin, managing director of DDF, said: "This has ...  >>MORE

UAE groups in US$50 billion race for airport assets

Posted on 08/07/2006

Six investment groups from the UAE figure prominently among 60 global airport investors holding an estimated US$50 billion in funds to pursue aviation infrastructure assets worldwide. Led by the newly-formed Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, UAE entities gearing up for a looming battle for airport stakes and opportunities in emerging markets include Mubadala of Abu Dhabi government, Emirates National Oil Company, DNATA, Emaar and Amlak Finance, according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi airport firm to focus on core areas

Posted on 08/07/2006

The Abu Dhabi Airports Co (Adac) that replaces the Department of Civil Aviation will become a formal commercial entity in September, according to Gulf News It will then outsource non-core facilities at the $6.8 billion airport redevelopment to specialists, the company's chief told the paper. Adac also plans to create an Airport Free Zone and may even rope in a strategic partner as shareholder. "Adac replaces the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation following the decree passed earlier this ...  >>MORE

Air traffic in Sharjah reaches record high

Posted on 08/07/2006

Passenger traffic through Sharjah International Airport increased over the last few weeks, with officials describing it as "unprecedented”. The increase led to additional flights by airlines using the airport, and the authorities have had to hire more staff to meet the demand. The number of travellers from the airport increased in June to 130,000 compared to 99,000 in the same month last year – an increase of 30.7 per cent and the number of scheduled and unscheduled flights shot up to 2,083 ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport scales new height

Posted on 03/07/2006

Dubai International Airport achieved a double digit growth percentage for the first half of the year. 'A total of 13.7 million passengers passed through the airport in the first six months of 2006, registering a growth of 15% over the corresponding period in 2005,' according to airport figures. Cargo movement registered a 20% growth with total freight movement of 700,000 tonnes. With a growth of 12.5 per cent, aircraft movement rose to 117,700 flights in the January-June period from 105,600 ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport logs 20 per cent growth in air traffic movement

Posted on 24/06/2006

Dubai International Airport (DIA) logged a 20 per cent growth in the number of flights and passengers in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, the second-highest in the world, International Airports Organization (IAO) statistics have shown. DIA also accounted for 30 per cent of the 70 million passengers that used Middle East airports. The Dubai Government expects the airport to handle at least 30 million passengers by 2010, up from the 24.5 million ...  >>MORE

British entity wins Dubai airspace design deal

Posted on 21/06/2006

London - The UK's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) said yesterday it has won a contract to design airspace for traffic around Dubai World Central International Airport. NATS, which is responsible for managing Britain's air traffic control, said in a statement work on the contract to design military and civil terminal airspace around the planned Gulf airport would start in July. NATS declined to put a value on the contract, which it said was its largest overseas airspace contract. Gulf ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport secures Superbrand status

Posted on 18/06/2006

Dubai International Airport received 'Superbrand' status at the award ceremony held last evening to mark the release of the second UAE edition of the Superbrands hardback book. Dubai International Airport was chosen from among 750 UAE-based companies to receive the Superbrands award, which recognises outstanding brand qualities identified with a particular brand name. Commenting on this latest award, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and ...  >>MORE

DCA forwards critical advices to Dubai International Airport users during the summer rush

Posted on 18/06/2006

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Dubai has called on passengers arriving at and departing from the Dubai International Airport to utilise its state-of-the-art facilities for a quick and more comfortable experience. The DCA's call comes at a time when, with the onset of summer in the country, residents begin travelling to destinations across the globe for their summer vacations. In a statement issued yesterday the Department sought to reach out to passengers with information on the ...  >>MORE

RAK airport to spend Dh1bn on expansion

Posted on 11/06/2006

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) International Airport will spend more than Dh1 billion till the end of 2008 on the first phase of expansion that will continue till 2020, a senior executive said. "A master plan is being created by the French company Aeroport de Paris, with whom we recently signed an agreement for evaluating, upgrading and innovating current and future infrastructural plans,” Zalend Arifin, marketing manager at RAK International Airport, told Emirates Today. The first phase of ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali airport to get Dh6b via Islamic route

Posted on 06/06/2006

Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) is planning to raise Dh6 billion through a sukuk (Islamic bond) issue to fund the first phase of Jebel Ali International Airport that will handle 120 million passengers a year. A consortium of local and international banks will be formed to raise the cash, a DCA official said. "Although we are a governmental authority, we work on a commercial basis," Khalifa Suhail Al Zafein, DCA director of engineering projects, told Gulf News yesterday after opening the Airport ...  >>MORE

UK firm leads in race for architect of Abu Dhabi airport expansion

Posted on 04/06/2006

The UK's Kohn Pederson Fox Associates has been announced the top finalist in the race for the job of master architect for the Midfield Terminal Complex of Abu Dhabi International Airport. Abu Dhabi Airports Company has invited the London-based firm for further negotiations to put together a final agreement. ADAC's master plan envisions a 220,000 square-metre terminal, midfield between the existing runway and a new one to be built two kilometres to the north. The company recently signed a ...  >>MORE

Dubai to award 37 airport deals

Posted on 04/06/2006

The UAE's expenditure on airport development and expansion projects is expected to hit Dh73.3 billion (US$20 billion) in the next few years, a top aviation official said on Saturday. This is half of the Dh146.6 billion (US$40 billion) worth of airport expansion that is taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, making the UAE the fastest growing aviation market. Other airport projects include the New Doha International Airport with investment worth US$5.5 billion, while in Saudi ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport gets EN ISO 14001:2004

Posted on 28/05/2006

Sharjah International Airport (SIA) has been awarded EN ISO 14001:2004 certificate in environmental management procedures from RWTUV, a German Certification Body. Sharjah Airport Authority has established and applied an environmental management system for Ground Handling Services, IT Department, Sharjah Airport Travel Agency, Administration & Commercial, Engineering & Development, Purchasing, Central Stores & Ground Services, Equipment & Vehicle Maintenance, and the Terminal Services ...  >>MORE

DDF wins ME Travel Retailer of Year award

Posted on 27/05/2006

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has walked away with the award for "Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year" for the sixth consecutive year at the annual Raven Fox Gala Dinner held to coincide with the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Singapore. For Raven Fox, the publishers of top trade magazines, the awards are a celebration of the very best in the duty free industry and are based on votes received from industry partners. "The Raven Fox awards are true industry honours and it is gratifying ...  >>MORE

UAE-Brazil joint venture clinches Dh1b runway deal

Posted on 19/05/2006

A UAE-Brazilian joint venture has won a bid to build a second runway at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The project is part of an ambitious Dh30 billion expansion programme to transform the emirate's facilities into a first class airport. And a second Dh1b runway contract has been awarded to Odebrecht- Al Jaber, Khalifa Al Mazroui, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company revealed. The companies beat off stiff competition from six other rival firms, shortlisted by the Supervisory Committee ...  >>MORE

Dubai gears up to handle 70million passengers a year

Posted on 09/05/2006

The new terminal takes shape at the Dubai International Airport. The second phase of the airport expansion which started in 2002, is scheduled to finish by early next year. It includes Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and Concourse 3, which will be a dedicated facility for Emirates, and a giant cargo terminal. Once the US$14.1 billion project is complete, Dubai airport will be able to handle 70 million passengers a year. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

5th consecutive Business Traveller M.E. Award for Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 09/05/2006

At the Business Traveller Middle East awards dinner, hosted during the Arabian Travel Market, Dubai Duty Free was presented with the top honour for 'Duty Free Shopping' for a staggering fifth consecutive year. Dubai Duty Free, which announced a 12% increase in sales in the first quarter, came out tops in the reader's survey conducted by the magazine within the category 'Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping'. The awards ceremony, which brought together leading executives from the travel and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village wins award

Posted on 09/05/2006

For the twelfth consecutive year, Dubai Cargo Village has won the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award, AFSCA (formerly known as the Asian Freight Industry Awards, AFIA) for Dubai International Airport - it has been voted as the Best Airport Middle East for its cargo facilities and services. Ali Al Jallaf, Director, Dubai Cargo Village received the award in Malaysia. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and President of Emirates Airlines, ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central needs US$33 billion

Posted on 03/05/2006

A project designed to support Dubai's aviation, tourism and logistics needs will need an investment of US$33 billion in the coming 44 years, top Dubai officials said yesterday. Dubai World Central, a multi-phase development around the world's largest international airport in Jebel Ali, will cover 140 square kilometres. The developed area will be twice the size of Hong Kong island, officials said. The project's master plan, now refined, originally had a working title of Jebel Ali Airport ...  >>MORE

Prequalification starts for DIA's Terminal 3, C3

Posted on 16/04/2006

Companies were due to submit prequalification documents by April 13 for the completion works on the estimated Dhs3-billion (US$545 million) terminal 3 (T3), concourse 3 (C3) project at Dubai International Airport. The package will be the last major contract awarded on the US$4.1-billion scheme. C3 will be an extension and continued development of concourses 1 and 2. It will be a fully airside structure connected to the two major public levels of T3 via an automated people mover (APM) and ...  >>MORE

Dubai set to launch SPT along with London, HK

Posted on 08/04/2006

Dubai along with London and Hong Kong will join SITA's new Simplifying Passenger Travel (SPT) initiative, which will link e-gates at all three locations for smooth flow of the passenger traffic, according to a senior SITA official. Matthew Finn, portfolio manager, transportation security solutions, SITA, told Khaleej Times that the SPT initiative airports in all three locations would undergo testing for six months, after which the initiative would be extended to other airports around the ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport voted Best in air charter services worldwide

Posted on 03/04/2006

The UK's Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) presented its first dedicated air transport 'Excellence Awards' to those companies who have delivered outstanding service in their specialist sectors on the 30th of March 2006. The winners were announced on the occasion of BACA's spring luncheon at the Ironmonger's Hall, The Barbican, applauded by 170 industry guests. London's Town Crier Peter Moore led the roll call. BACA members voted by post or online on the BACA website for those they ...  >>MORE

UAE Q1 air traffic up 10.7 per cent

Posted on 02/04/2006

Air traffic movement in the UAE grew by 10.7 per cent by the end of the first quarter of this year, totalling 104, 400 compared with 97,200 in the corresponding period last year. Dubai came first in the first quarter with 53,860, representing 51.6 per cent of the total air traffic movement in the UAE. Abu Dhabi came next with 12,728 representing 12.2 per cent and Sharjah in the third place with 10,090, representing 9.6 per cent. Ras al-Khaimah came fourth with 795, representing 0.76 per ...  >>MORE

Dubai circles on leading airports

Posted on 02/04/2006

London - A patch of the Arabian desert is set to snatch Heathrow's title as the world's biggest airport. The six-runway Jebel Ali, in Dubai, will be able to handle twice as many passengers. It is the biggest construction project in a city that plans to build the tallest building, and already has the largest shopping mall, biggest man-made harbour and first seven-star hotel. With its oil due to run out in ten years, Dubai is transforming itself into the Middle East's leading centre for ...  >>MORE

Dh132b to be invested in Dubai airport expansion

Posted on 29/03/2006

The expansion of Dubai's aviation infrastructure will involve an investment of Dh132 billion, a top aviation official said yesterday. Mohammad Ahli, a member of the Executive Board of Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation, said that another three airlines not counting Virgin Atlantic, which has started flights to Dubai will be flying to Dubai International Airport soon. By 2009, Dubai airport's capacity will exceed that of London's Heathrow, he added. Emirates airline is already expanding ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to improve disabled passenger care

Posted on 21/03/2006

Dubai International Airport is to train its staff in sign languages in order to communicate with hearing-impaired passengers. Under a special programme called Ria'aya (meaning care), the Department of Civil Aviation aims to enhance the facilities at the airport to be able to deal with passengers with disabilities. Ahmed Buti, a hearing-impaired team member, will launch a simple sign language course to train his colleagues in basic codes. An illustrative brochure by Buti and Salah Awad, a ...  >>MORE

Emirates gives out World Cup tickets

Posted on 21/03/2006

Emirates airline is giving away World Cup tickets to passengers who fly to any of the airline's European destinations on its FIFA package. The tickets, which will be subject to availability, are for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Germany in June. The Emirates FIFA packages were previously only available on flights to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but the airline said it broadened the deal because of customer demand. The packages start from 1,810 euros (Dh8,108) per person. The ...  >>MORE

Resolutions to form ports, airports board issued

Posted on 13/03/2006

Two resolutions to form the Boards of Directors for the Abu Dhabi Sea Ports and the Abu Dhabi Airports Company have been issued. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, yesterday issued the two resolutions. Resolution No. 7 of 2006 stipulated that the board of Abu Dhabi Airports Company be formed with Khalifa Mohammad Al Mazroui, as chairman, and the membership of ...  >>MORE

New air traffic data centre opens at Dubai Airport

Posted on 08/03/2006

The Airport Operations Data Management Centre at Dubai International Airport was opened yesterday by Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group. The centre will handle data collection, storage, accuracy checking and distribution of airport operational information. He added that Dubai Civil Aviation insisted in adopting the latest technologies developed for the aviation industry worldwide. "The adoption of aircraft movement ...  >>MORE

Expansion of Abu Dhabi airport may net Dh30bn

Posted on 07/03/2006

Abu Dhabi International Airport's expansion is expected to attract Dh30 billion in investments, according to its chief. "Abu Dhabi has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last few years in the economic, industrial and tourism sectors,” said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of the supervision committee for the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia). "This growth is expected to continue in the future, making Abu Dhabi an ideal destination for tourists and investors alike,” he ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Saif inaugurates e-Gate system at Abu Dhabi Intl Airport

Posted on 01/03/2006

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, yesterday inaugurated the e-Gates system at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The inauguration ceremony, which signalled the application of the new system countrywide, was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Civil Aviation Department, and senior Ministry of Interior officials. The Minister said the project was a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Interior and the Civil Aviation Authority. The ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Airport City set to house 750,000 people

Posted on 17/02/2006

The Jebel Airport City has begun the development push for its 850 commercial and residential towers, through its Dubai Logistic City (DLC) sub-development. "The entire project will house 750,000 people when completed in all its phases,” said Michael Proffitt, CEO of DLC. "The immense population presents an opportunity for real estate developers and investors to create residential and commercial projects within the City with prospects for freehold and longterm leasing contracts. "By ...  >>MORE

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UAE adopts IATA live animals regulations (LAR)


Invisible eyes ensure Dubai airport remains safe


DCA unveils free Wi-Fi service at Dubai airport


Runway progress at world's largest airport ready for testing


Passenger traffic rises 37% at Sharjah Airport


ADAC names designer for new air traffic control complex


Dubai World Central project ahead of schedule


Dubai air traffic hits 13.75m


Dubai Duty Free half-year sales hit Dh1.18 billion


UAE groups in US$50 billion race for airport assets


New Abu Dhabi airport firm to focus on core areas


Air traffic in Sharjah reaches record high


Dubai International Airport scales new height


Dubai airport logs 20 per cent growth in air traffic movement


British entity wins Dubai airspace design deal


Dubai International Airport secures Superbrand status


DCA forwards critical advices to Dubai International Airport users during the summer rush


RAK airport to spend Dh1bn on expansion


Jebel Ali airport to get Dh6b via Islamic route


UK firm leads in race for architect of Abu Dhabi airport expansion


Dubai to award 37 airport deals


Sharjah airport gets EN ISO 14001:2004


DDF wins ME Travel Retailer of Year award


UAE-Brazil joint venture clinches Dh1b runway deal


Dubai gears up to handle 70million passengers a year


5th consecutive Business Traveller M.E. Award for Dubai Duty Free


Dubai Cargo Village wins award


Dubai World Central needs US$33 billion


Prequalification starts for DIA's Terminal 3, C3


Dubai set to launch SPT along with London, HK


Dubai International Airport voted Best in air charter services worldwide


UAE Q1 air traffic up 10.7 per cent


Dubai circles on leading airports


Dh132b to be invested in Dubai airport expansion


Dubai airport to improve disabled passenger care


Emirates gives out World Cup tickets


Resolutions to form ports, airports board issued


New air traffic data centre opens at Dubai Airport


Expansion of Abu Dhabi airport may net Dh30bn


Sheikh Saif inaugurates e-Gate system at Abu Dhabi Intl Airport


Jebel Ali Airport City set to house 750,000 people