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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

Abu Dhabi airport expects further 20% growth in 2006

Posted on 28/01/2006

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport reached 5.5 million in 2005 and a further 20 per cent growth is expected this year. New statistics also show revenues of Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) grew 8 per cent last year with average spend per head rising to US$46 from US$44 in 2004. "Abu Dhabi International Airport saw movement of 5.5 million passengers through the facility in 2005 compared to 5.2 million in 2004," said Mohammad Mounib, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi and In Flight ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free revenue increases 8%

Posted on 27/01/2006

Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) posted an eight per cent increase in total revenue for 2005 with average spending per departing passenger increasing to US$46 from US$44 in 2004, one of the highest in the industry. Abu Dhabi International Airport saw movement of 5.5 million passengers in 2005 compared with 5.2 million last year. ADDF in its statement said expansion was the highlight of the airport in 2005 with the opening of two new terminals as an interim solution for the growth in number of ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport voted 'Best in ME'

Posted on 24/01/2006

Readers of the high profile travel magazine - Business Traveller Germany have voted Dubai International Airport the Best in the Middle East and Africa in a recent survey for the year 2005. On behalf of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, Mr Jamal Al Hai, Chairman of DCA Executive Board and Director Strategy and Management Excellence, received the award in Frankfurt. Dubai International Airport has won the Business ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs records big rise in e-clearance transactions

Posted on 24/01/2006

Dubai Customs has processed a record number of transactions in the past year. In the quarter ending September, 485,700 bills were processed electronically compared with 304,700 in the previous corresponding quarter, according to the Gulf News. e-Mirsal forms the core foundation of the e-clearance solution implemented by the authority. The solution was developed and integrated into the Dubai Customs business processes in 2002 to streamline trade facilitation and digitise customs procedures in ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic up 14 per cent at Dubai Airport

Posted on 17/01/2006

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport took off at a brisk pace with 24.7 million passengers passing through the airport in 2005, as against 21.7 million passengers in 2004 – a 14 per cent increase – according to figures released by the Department of Civil Aviation. While the airport achieved an overall double-digit growth last year, cargo movement also shot up 20 per cent, from 1.1 million tonnes in 2004 to 1.3 million tonnes last year. Aircraft movement also reached new ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free year end sales to touch US$600million

Posted on 02/01/2006

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) year end sales are expected to reach close to US$600 million and is reported to have achieved record sales and international industry recognition in 2005. Beginning January 2005, DDF announced record annual sales of US$500 million, representing a 32 per cent increase over the previous year, it also retained its Superbrand status when it was awarded by the Superbrands Council of the UAE, according to a report in Khaleej Times. In February 2005, DDF won the 'Marketing ...  >>MORE

Record breaking year for Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 24/12/2005

The Dubai Duty Free's 22nd birthday this week saw daily sales reaching Dh17.7 million well on track for another record breaking year. A 22 per cent discount on a wide range of merchandise resulted in more than 61,500 sales being made on the anniversary day, according to the Gulf News. The new daily sales represent a 57 per cent increase over the former record of Dh 11.3 million reached in December last year. The highest grossing category on the anniversary day was watches and clocks, with sales ...  >>MORE

Dubai voted world's second best airport

Posted on 19/12/2005

Readers of the high profile travel magazine - Buying Business Travel in UK have voted Dubai International Airport the second best in the world in a recent survey for the year 2005. In the World's Best category Amsterdam Schiphol airport came in first with Hong Kong coming in third. On behalf of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates, Anita Mehra Homayoun, Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications, DCA received the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free cashes in on booming air travel

Posted on 05/12/2005

Dubai Duty Free is poised to grow by 20 per cent with sales crossing a whopping Dh2.2 billion (US$600 million) by the end of this year, up from Dh1.83 billion in 2004, according to a top DDF official. "This would be roughly about 50 per cent of the total duty free sale in the Middle East," Colm McLoughlin, managing director of DDF and president of the Middle East Duty Free Association (Medfa), told Gulf News yesterday. Globally, DDF ranks third in terms of sales. DDF recorded Dh1.9 billion ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport named world's best

Posted on 22/11/2005

Dubai International Airport has been named the world's best airport by the World Travel Award Organisation. The airport won the Middle East and World's leading Award in a survey conducted by the organisation via its website. The survey involved 2 million passengers. Dubai airport was selected from among 3,500 airports and airline companies, which participated in the competition. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group, said the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to make Jebel Ali world's largest airport

Posted on 22/11/2005

DUBAI will have yet another superlative. This time the world's largest airport, Jebel Ali International Airport (JXB). To be built at a cost of Dhs30 billion, the airport could handle 120 million passengers a year. That will relegate the present topper, London's Heathrow with a throughput of 83.5 million, to the second rank. Once completed, JXB will be the combined size of Heathrow and Chicago's O'Hare. Again, it will be ten times bigger than Dubai International Airport. The Department ...  >>MORE

GE assists Emirates in construction of new jet engine test facility

Posted on 22/11/2005

General Electric Company is playing a large role in the construction of Emirates Airlines' jet engine test facility in Dubai. Emirates Airlines, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, began construction on the facility in June, with completion scheduled for January 2007. The facility was designed in co-operation with GE with a capability unique to the Middle East region. The facility will house a 13-meter cross-section turbofan engine test cell and an auxiliary power unit test cell and ...  >>MORE

Bombardier, Executjet, Alpha 55 inaugurate Dubai service centre

Posted on 20/11/2005

Bombardier Aerospace, ExecuJet Aviation Group and Dubai-based Alpha 55 yesterday officially inaugurated the Middle East's first Bombardier service centre and parts depot located at the Dubai International Airport. The facility offers a full spectrum of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, critical spare parts and warranty services for the region's increasing number of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft customers. This impressive service centre features 24,000 square feet (2,230 sq m) ...  >>MORE

Dubai to invest more than Dh45b in airports

Posted on 20/11/2005

Dubai Government's investment in airport development will exceed Dh45 billion over 15 years, split between two airports Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali International Airport, said a senior government official. This is part of a Dh140 billion investment that also involves Dh110 billion (USUS$30 billion) in aircraft purchases that government-owned Emirates has placed since 2003. This is much higher than the emirate's GDP, which last year reached US$26.7 billion. This, however, does ...  >>MORE

E-gate facility soon at all UAE airports

Posted on 11/11/2005

The e-gate facility will soon be installed in all airports in the country, said a senior official. "The e-gate smart card system, which was installed two years ago in Dubai International Airport, will be soon in all the country's airports and the Interior Ministry plans to call it the Emirate Gate," said Brigadier Saeed Mattar Bin Bleilah, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). He said the e-gate has become obligatory for those applying for or renewing ...  >>MORE

Ban on overweight baggage comes into force

Posted on 01/11/2005

The ban on overweight baggage comes into effect today, a Dubai Civil Aviation spokesperson said. "We are going to reject any baggage that weighs more than 32 kg. However, a passenger can carry as much weight as the airline allows, as long as any of the pieces do not weigh more than 32 kg," he said. "As long as they do not weigh more than 32 kilos, they are all welcome." The move, taken in line with the international practice observed in major hub airports, comes at a time when the outbound ...  >>MORE

New passengers luggage's law to be executed in Dubai

Posted on 25/10/2005

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation shall commence next Tuesday the execution of a new law pertaining to passengers' luggage, whereby the airport employees concerned shall abstain from receiving any luggage that weighed more than 32 kilograms at the most. The Department explained that the decision shall not affect the volume of luggage-weight granted to airlines companies provided that they did not exceed the allowed mark. The law aims at decreasing injuries that might be suffered by ...  >>MORE

Emirates expands self check-in service

Posted on 18/10/2005

Emirates Airline passengers departing from Dubai International Airport now have more options for check-in, with the introduction of a new Quick Baggage Drop service and additional Self-Service Check-in Kiosks. Passengers holding electronic or ATB2* tickets, members of Emirates' Skywards and its partner frequent flyer programmes, can conveniently check-in, select their seats and print their own boarding passes via Emirates' self-service kiosks at the airport. Those carrying only hand-luggage ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to impose baggage weight limit

Posted on 11/10/2005

Close on the heels of Dubai, Abu Dhabi aviation officials have taken a decision to allow passengers a maximum baggage limit of 32kg per piece. The new ruling, in line with international rules, will come into effect from December 1. "A decision has been taken not to check-in any single piece of baggage that exceeds 32 kg. We have intimated all the airlines and travel agencies about the new rule that will be implemented from December 1 this year at Abu Dhabi International Airport,” a senior ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free posts higher revenues

Posted on 09/10/2005

The changing demographics of travellers passing through Abu Dhabi are having an impact on the types of sales at Abu Dhabi Duty Free. The airport has posted significant improvements in revenue over the same period last year. Sales increased 8.5 per cent, led by an increasing throughput of Swiss, German and British passengers. The biggest categories contributing to the sales were liquor and tobacco with 20.75 per cent, confectionery with 18.52 per cent and beauty and fragrance with 14.86 per ...  >>MORE

Overweight baggage ban from November 1

Posted on 07/10/2005

Luggage weighing more than 32kg will not make it to the aircraft effective November 1, a senior Dubai government official said. "We are going to ban oversized and overweight baggage from entering aircraft starting from November, in line with international rules," said an official at the Department of Civil Aviation, Dubai. "As most international airports are implementing this, we are also following the same, as Dubai is now a global aviation hub. "We are launching an advertisement and ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport reports 15% growth in traffic

Posted on 03/10/2005

Dubai International Airport recorded a 15 per cent increase in passengers by the end of the third quarter of this year. The number of passengers exceeded 18.8 million compared with 16.3 million during the corresponding period last year. There was also growth in cargo operations, which increased by 25 per cent in the past nine months. The number of passengers is expected to reach 25 million and cargo operations may reach 1.5 million tonnes by the end of this year. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Business Traveller UK Award for Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 01/10/2005

At a star-studded luncheon in London, HRH Princess Anne presented Dubai Duty Free's Managing Director, Colm McLoughlin, with the Business Traveller UK 2005 award for 'Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping Worldwide'. The award ceremony, which was attended by leading executives from the international travel sector, recognized winners from within the Airline, Airport, Hotel and Car Rental sectors. The annual awards are based on the results of a reader's survey conducted by the highly-acclaimed ...  >>MORE

Ahmed Saeed: US$36 million earmarked for development of Dubai Airport

Posted on 28/09/2005

Copenhagen - Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation, has stated yesterday that the total sums of money to be invested in the development of Dubai International Airport is estimated at US$36 million, affirming that the money would supplement the air-cargo industry in the emirate. The statement was made on the margins of Roots Conference 2005 in Copenhagen. However, Sheikh Ahmed expected that of Dubai airport will reach 25 million by the end of current year and 60 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi may outsource airport management

Posted on 07/09/2005

Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is undergoing a Dh25 billion redevelopment, could outsource the airport's management once the facility is up and running. Singapore's Changi Airport is expected to bid for the operation of the airport as it seeks to expand its business in the region. The existing airport is being operated by the Department of Civil Aviation. Citigroup is advising the emirate on options for partly privatising the airport and on debt financing for it. The Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Dubai improves airport facilities

Posted on 30/08/2005

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation has increased the number of immigration counters at Dubai International Airport to 22 (44 positions) from 16 (32 positions) to improve passenger flow in the terminal. Arriving passengers can now look forward to shorter queues and waiting periods to complete immigration formalities. The authorities have also increased the number of baggage belts by three to ten. These belts are longer and wider and can accommodate extra loads. The customs area has also ...  >>MORE

Emirates Glass wins contract for Concourse 2

Posted on 24/08/2005

Emirates Glass, a Dubai Investment subsidiary, has won a contract to supply high-performance glass to Concourse 2, currently being built as part of Dubai International Airport's expansion project. The company, however, declined to divulge the value of the contract. The company will begin deliveries this autumn year and the project is expected to be completed by mid-summer 2006. Concourse 2 is part of Dubai Civil Aviation's US$2.5 billion second phase of the airport expansion which also ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi International Airport terminals fully operational

Posted on 13/08/2005

Two new contemporary interim terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, are now fully operational after being delivered by SCADIA (Supervision Committee for the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport) to the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation in a record six months. "This is a major feat by any international standards," said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, SCADIA. "It ushers in a new era of world-class aviation facilities for Abu Dhabi." ...  >>MORE

Dubai among rivals to Singapore's position as major air hub

Posted on 06/08/2005

SINGAPORE - Singapore's position as Asia's major air hub is being threatened by regional airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Dubai which have upgraded and improved their facilities to attract more air traffic. These airports had also aggressively reduced handling charges in a bid to pull in more air flights, senior minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts and Health, Dr Balaji Sadasivan said. The move by the airports concerned threatens "to seriously undermine ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales rise

Posted on 31/07/2005

Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales jumped 10.5 per cent growth in its half-yearly sales, reaching US$44.8 million at the end of June. The rise in turnover is the result of increasing penetration supported by aggressive promotional activity across all product categories, said an ADDF statement issued yesterday. The evolution of UAE-based carrier Etihad Airways also contributed to a 10.8 per cent passenger traffic growth through Abu Dhabi International Airport. "Due to the increase in traffic through ...  >>MORE

Sharjah is "Global Airport of the Year"

Posted on 23/07/2005

Sharjah International Airport has been recently named the Best Global Airport 2005 by the Institute of Transport Management (ITM), London, it was reported by major UAE dailies. The award was presented by ITM Director Patrick Sheedy at a prestigious awards ceremony at the London Hilton. The ceremony was attended by leading figures from the aviation industry with presentations from Kevin Bruce, Director of Marketing at Boeing, and Professor Arne Holdo, Head of University of Hertfordshire School ...  >>MORE

Half year sales on track at Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 13/07/2005

Half year sales at Dubai Duty Free have reached US$283 million, representing a 19 per cent increase over the previous year and placing the operation on track for another record year. Currently ranked No. 3 in the world in terms of turnover, the operation has also seen an increase in the number of daily sales transactions, which now average at 34,000 per day while the average value of each transaction has risen to US$44. Looking ahead to the remainder of this year, the opening of a new and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free's half-yearly sales surge to US$283 million

Posted on 04/07/2005

Dubai Duty Free recorded sales amounting to US$283 million at the half way mark of the year, depicting an increase of 19 per cent over the previous year and placing the operations on track for another record year. Dubai Duty Free, currently ranked No3 in the world in terms of turnover, has also seen an increase in the number of daily sales transactions currently averaging at 34,000 per day while the average value of each transaction has risen to US$44. Colm McLoughlin, managing director ...  >>MORE

Marhaba Services extends operations to Dubai Airport Terminal 2

Posted on 04/07/2005

Marhaba Services, Dnata's innovative airport passenger services unit, has expanded its operations with the opening of a new 24-hour service counter at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 2. Travelers passing through Dubai Airport Terminal 2 can now easily avail of Marhaba's popular services including meet-and-greet on arrival, assistance with immigration and customs clearance, chauffeur service, and Marhaba CityStop packages for Dubai stopovers. Customers wishing to book Marhaba Services ...  >>MORE

UAE pumps Dh70b into airport development

Posted on 02/07/2005

More than Dh70 billion is projected to be invested during the next 20 years in the UAE's international airports, according to official figures released by the various civil aviation departments of individual emirates. With this, the UAE becomes the largest investor in airport development in the Middle East. The investment includes the ongoing Dubai International Airport expansion, valued at Dh15 billion. Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation announced a Dh25 billion redevelopment of ...  >>MORE

World's largest airport expansion work on schedule

Posted on 28/06/2005

The dollars 4.1 billion expansion of Dubai International Airport, currently the largest airport development project underway in the world, is on schedule for completion by 2007 with an average of 14,000-l8,000 people working on site. The expansion is designed to cope with the increased passenger and cargo traffic at the airport. According to "dxb news", every year the airport, handles more passenger traffic, more airlines and more cargo. And every year since expansion began in 2002, the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah gets new area for duty free shop

Posted on 22/06/2005

A new area for the duty free shop was opened in the Sharjah airport yesterday, as part of an expansion drive to cope with the expected rise in air traffic. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, chairman of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department, said the airport was experiencing a big increase in the number of passengers after Air Arabia expanded its network. He said Sharjah airport also attracted more flights by some international airlines. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

RAK Airport gets ISO

Posted on 19/06/2005

The Ras al-Khaimah International Airport has been awarded the total quality management certification ISO 2000/9001, the occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system ISO 1999/18001 and environment ISO 14001/2004 to become the first airport in the Middle East to obtain such accreditation. Sheikh Salim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras al-Khaimah Civil Aviation Department, said the honour would help the airport attract more international companies. He said after receiving the ...  >>MORE

Dnata unveils lounge for special needs travellers

Posted on 04/06/2005

Dnata, the passenger and ground-handling operator at Dubai International Airport, has unveiled its refurbished special handling lounge for travellers with special needs. The facility, located in the airport concourse between departure gates nine and 11, boasts a larger seating area for wheelchair passengers and an exclusive area for unaccompanied minors tastefully decorated in vibrant colours. Each seating area in the enhanced lounge has been equipped with television sets. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Duty Free wins another award

Posted on 31/05/2005

For the fifth consecutive year, Dubai Duty Free has taken top honours by winning the "Middle East Traveller Retailer of the Year” award at the Raven Fox Gala Dinner held to coincide with the Tax Free World Association (TFWA Asia Pacific) exhibition in Singapore. The annual awards dinner was hosted by Raven Fox, publishers of the top trade magazines and was attended by hundreds of senior representatives from the duty free industry. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

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Jebel Ali Airport City set to house 750,000 people


Abu Dhabi airport expects further 20% growth in 2006


Abu Dhabi Duty Free revenue increases 8%


Dubai International Airport voted 'Best in ME'


Dubai Customs records big rise in e-clearance transactions


Passenger traffic up 14 per cent at Dubai Airport


Dubai Duty Free year end sales to touch US$600million


Record breaking year for Dubai Duty Free


Dubai voted world's second best airport


Dubai Duty Free cashes in on booming air travel


Dubai airport named world's best


Dubai to make Jebel Ali world's largest airport


GE assists Emirates in construction of new jet engine test facility


Bombardier, Executjet, Alpha 55 inaugurate Dubai service centre


Dubai to invest more than Dh45b in airports


E-gate facility soon at all UAE airports


Ban on overweight baggage comes into force


New passengers luggage's law to be executed in Dubai


Emirates expands self check-in service


Abu Dhabi to impose baggage weight limit


Abu Dhabi Duty Free posts higher revenues


Overweight baggage ban from November 1


Dubai airport reports 15% growth in traffic


Business Traveller UK Award for Dubai Duty Free


Ahmed Saeed: US$36 million earmarked for development of Dubai Airport


Abu Dhabi may outsource airport management


Dubai improves airport facilities


Emirates Glass wins contract for Concourse 2


New Abu Dhabi International Airport terminals fully operational


Dubai among rivals to Singapore's position as major air hub


Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales rise


Sharjah is "Global Airport of the Year"


Half year sales on track at Dubai Duty Free


Dubai Duty Free's half-yearly sales surge to US$283 million


Marhaba Services extends operations to Dubai Airport Terminal 2


UAE pumps Dh70b into airport development


World's largest airport expansion work on schedule


Sharjah gets new area for duty free shop


RAK Airport gets ISO


Dnata unveils lounge for special needs travellers


Duty Free wins another award