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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

Abu Dhabi announces first tender under Dh25b development plan

Posted on 28/05/2005

The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia) is seeking pre-qualification for the construction of a new runway at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. As reported by Gulf News earlier this month, the tendering for the bid package, NRTW-1008-CN, is one of the first tenders to be released under the Dh25.56 billion Abu Dhabi International Airport redevelopment mega project. The 4,100 metre runway is the second for Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

UAE's aviation industry on cloud nine

Posted on 28/05/2005

The aviation industry in the UAE is on an unprecedented expansion drive, with Dubai leading the development. Investment in Dubai's aviation industry is set to cross Dh140 billion from the current expenditure bills of Dh110 billion, with the inclusion of spending on aircraft purchase and development of aviation infrastructure. This is much higher than the emirate's gross domestic product (GDP), which last year reached US$26.7 billion (Dh 98.20 billion), industry analysts said. Dubai's Dh110 ...  >>MORE

UAE pumps Dh70b into airport development

Posted on 24/05/2005

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

DCA revenue put at Dh850m per year

Posted on 24/05/2005

Dubai Civil Aviation earns more than Dh850 million in annual revenue from landing fees, parking fees and rental of offices and facilities, official sources said. The Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) direct income is about Dh550 million, said Mohammad Ahli, DCA director for operations. "Aviation related income is about 50 per cent of this," Ahli said. This does not, however, include income from the passenger service charge of Dh30 per outbound traveller, which could be close to Dh300 million ...  >>MORE

DCA to sign pact with Swiss firm for Dubai Flower Centre

Posted on 22/05/2005

Dubai Flower Centre, which is scheduled to be operational in October, will be run by the Swiss-based ADI, which specialises in logistics of perishables, a senior official from Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) disclosed yesterday. According to Khalifa Al Zaffin, director, engineering project, DCA, who spoke after a presentation on the progress of the Dubai International Airport expansion project, also said that the new Jebel Ali Airport will eventually involve an investment of Dh30 billion ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Airport City likely to allow foreign ownership

Posted on 22/05/2005

Government is weighing various options to facilitate the registration of new companies and organisations with the Jebel Ali Airport City (JAAC), officials said. This could include 100 per cent foreign ownership of company and properties, a source close to the development, said. Currently, a 100 per cent foreign ownership is allowed only to companies registered under free zones and, in the absence of a federal law, freehold ownership is restricted to certain areas only. While some ...  >>MORE

Dubai to get world's largest aircraft hangar

Posted on 16/05/2005

Dubai International Airport, will soon have world's largest aircraft hangar supplied by UK-based Jewers Doors Limited. Chris Jewers, managing director of Jewers Doors, said: "The Dubai Airwing Hangar has eight sets of doors which are 26 metres high and span 570 metres." "The doors are 'probably the largest ever built' and is due for completion later this month," he added. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Plan for Jebel Ali Airport City rail, road network underway

Posted on 14/05/2005

Planning for an integrated road and rail transportation network to support Jebel Ali Airport City facilities, including Jebel Ali International Airport (JXB) and Dubai Logistics City (DLC) is under way. Key Dubai government officials and private sector executives have met to agree on the creation of a steering committee, which will co-ordinate the various parties involved in the project's transportation requirements. When completed, Jebel Ali Airport City will be host to 900,000 residents ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi unveils plans for new Dh25b airport

Posted on 06/05/2005

Abu Dhabi yesterday announced the development of a new international airport. Officials said the Dh25 billion project will be located at the north of the existing Abu Dhabi International Airport's runway. The project, approved yesterday by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, includes a new 4.1km runway, a large terminal building, a cargo and logistics centre, a commercial area incorporating a free zone and associated facilities. The development is planned in two phases ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free announces the re-launch of their current raffle scheme 'The BIG TICKET Prize Draw'

Posted on 03/05/2005

Abu Dhabi Duty Free will be announcing the launch of 'The BIG TICKET Prize Draw', at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2005. The Big Ticket is a re-launch of their present raffle scheme, one raffle ticket that will entitle buyers a chance to win one of 10 fabulous prizes worth Dh1,500,000. Abu Dhabi Duty Free will also be exhibiting along side the Department of Civil Aviation-Abu Dhabi at the ATM with the continued objective of promoting tourism in Abu Dhabi. The revamped raffle program offers a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi DCA to announce airport development plans at ATM 2005

Posted on 02/05/2005

The Department of Civil Aviation - Abu Dhabi will showcase and announce the development plans and projects of Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Airports and the completion of the primary expansion phase during the Arabian Travel Market 2005 to be held from May 3 - 6 in Dubai. Dr. Sheikh Ahmad bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of the DCA said: "The Department of Civil Aviation will have the opportunity to display and exhibit to trade visitors at the exhibition the projects that are planned for the development of ...  >>MORE

Cargo movement via Sharjah airport surges

Posted on 24/04/2005

The Sharjah International Airport (SIA) has posted a growth of 45 per cent in the volume of cargo handled, 12 per cent in airplane traffic and 5 per cent in passenger movement during the first quarter of the year. Statistics of the SIA Authority show that the volume of air cargo handled through the airport has surged to 11,259 tonnes during the past three months as against 7,731 tonnes during the corresponding period last year. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport to handle 8m passengers by 2007

Posted on 22/04/2005

Sharjah International Airport will have the capacity to handle eight million passengers by early 2007 on completion of a Dhs227 million across the board expansion currently under way at its premises. The expansion, which is much more than a facelift, will see the airport adding a new departure area, a new arrival area and a transit area in addition to more restaurants and coffee shops. Dr Ghanem Al Hajri, director general, the Department of Civil Aviation and Sharjah Airport Authority, said ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport sees off 6 million passengers

Posted on 18/04/2005

Passenger movement at Dubai International Airport in the first quarter of 2005 was registered 6.02 million, showing a growth of 12.7 per cent as compared with 5.34 million over the same period last year. Dubai Cargo Village registered a 18.3 per cent growth having handled a total of 303,206 tonnes of freight as compared to 256,229 tonnes during the same period last year. Aircraft movement last year was registered 46,756 movements in the first quarter of 2004 while this year it witnessed a ...  >>MORE

E-gates at airports soon: Sheikh Saif

Posted on 09/04/2005

Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced that an e-gate project would be put in place at the country's airports and then publicised to all outlets. 'Acting on a long-term security strategy, the interior ministry is working hard to tap advanced technology and train its manpower to improve and upgrade security performance in order to apply the e-government,' he said. He termed the recently introduced federal e-link project as a major step towards ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales increase in first quarter

Posted on 04/04/2005

First-quarter sales at Dubai Duty Free exceeded Dh510 million, representing a 20 per cent increase over the same period last year, officials said. "The year 2004 was fantastic. We are pleased to see the upward sales trend continue into 2005," said Colm McLoughlin, managing director of Dubai Duty Free. In the first quarter, sales of electronics reached a quarterly high of Dh55 million and came in as one of the highest selling categories, just below gold, which had sales of Dh58 million. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to get another airport by 2009

Posted on 29/03/2005

Abu Dhabi's new airport will become operational in 2009 as part of a plan to handle increasing air traffic, an official said. "The Abu Dhabi International Airport's expansion is taking place in two phases. In the first phase, a new terminal is being built and will be ready by August 2005. "In the second phase, a totally new airport will be built [and] become operational in 2009,” said Dr Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation. "The new airport will [be ...  >>MORE

US$4.1b expansion of Dubai airport gathers pace

Posted on 28/03/2005

The second phase of the Dubai International Airport's expansion costing US$4.1 billion is well under way, and the entire construction work for Terminal-3, Concourse-2 and Concourse-3 is scheduled for completion by 2008. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Director of Engineering and Projects at Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, told reporters in Dubai yesterday that Terminal-3 and Concourse-2 will be ready by the last quarter of 2006, and will be officially opened by the first quarter of 2007. The tender ...  >>MORE

Dubai gears up to handle 190m air passengers

Posted on 26/03/2005

The combined passenger handling capacity of Dubai's two airports - Dubai International and Jebel Ali - is projected to exceed 190 million passengers per year by 2010, an official said. This figure include 70 million passengers passing through Dubai International Airport and 120 million through Jebel Ali Airport, Anita Mehra Homayoun, director of marketing and corporate communications in the Department of Civil Aviation, told Gulf News yesterday. Capacity expansion on this scale will ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to manage RAK's air navigation

Posted on 26/03/2005

A subsidiary of Sharjah International Airport has been awarded the task of maintaining Ras Al Khaimah International Airport's navigation systems. The Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation yesterday renewed its contract with Sharjah International Airport's Aviation Management and Consultancy Services subsidiary. The contract was amended to include provisions for the maintenance of the navigation systems, officials said. The contract with the consultancy services firm, which is the first ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport best in Mideast and Africa

Posted on 23/03/2005

Dubai International Airport has been voted the Best Airport in the Middle East and Africa by IATA/ACI's AETRA survey. The latest report for the year 2004 analyses the perceptions of over 80,000 passengers across 52 major international airports from Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific regions. Dubai International Airport has been named Best in the Middle East/Africa for Overall Passenger Satisfaction for the third time. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil ...  >>MORE

Dubai Logistics City will start operations in 2007

Posted on 20/03/2005

Dubai Logistics City, which will begin operating in 2007, will encompass a 25 square kilometre area, officials said. "This major initiative will allow Dubai International Airport to focus on the development of passenger traffic without suffering from congestion or bottlenecks caused by freight and logistics operations,” said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. Dubai Logistics City (DLC) was launched following an 18-month ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia flies daily to India

Posted on 19/03/2005

Air Arabia LLC, one of the UAE's national airlines and the first low-cost airline of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, today announced the commencement of their daily flights to Mumbai from Saturday 26 March 2005. A one-way ticket from Sharjah to Mumbai starts from Dh249 - excluding government taxes and surcharges and similar return fares will also be available. Book early to take advantage of these fares as Air Arabia's fare structure is based on supply and demand and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free targets 20% growth

Posted on 15/03/2005

Berlin: Abu Dhabi Duty Free is aiming for 20 per cent growth in turnover by 2006-07 as it expands its retail space, officials said. "Abu Dhabi will realise more of its full potential in late 2006 or 2007, when Etihad Airways begins flying to more destinations. "This will lead to a dramatic increase in Abu Dhabi Duty Free's [ADDF] business,” Mohammad Mounib, managing director, told Gulf News here. "We are growing at 12-13 per cent per year. Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi's airport is growing ...  >>MORE

New terminal to open at Abu Dhabi airport

Posted on 13/03/2005

Construction work on a new terminal at the Abu Dhabi International Airport has started at a fast pace and will be open for passengers by August 2005. 'We have witnessed a phenomenal growth of passenger traffic during the last couple of years. During year 2004, the increase in passenger traffic was as high as 22 per cent over previous year,' said Dr Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation and Chairman, Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) is on ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport achieves 35% growth

Posted on 05/03/2005

Sharjah International Airport has achieved a passenger growth of 35% last year. According to Dr. Ghanim Al Hajiri, Director General of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department and the Sharjah International Airport Authority, the number of passengers that used the Airport last year rose to 1.662 million from 1.247 recorded in 2003. Flight activities also recorded a 15.41% rise to reach 32,334 flights in 2004 compared to 28,017 flights in 2003. Al Hajiri attributed the high rise to the improved ...  >>MORE

Skywards aids arrival procedures

Posted on 05/03/2005

Skywards has combined its gold card with Dubai Immigration's e-Gate Card to speed up the immigration process at Dubai International Airport for top members of Emirates airline's frequent flyer programme. Skywards' Gold Card members resident in the UAE or in countries listed as visa waivered, can use the free multi-application card for speedy exit and entry through the airport, doing away with the need to queue up for immigration formalities. The innovative e-Gate Card, issued by the ...  >>MORE

RAK airport eyes 20% growth rate

Posted on 26/02/2005

Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi is "exploring the ideal option" of starting an airline from the emirate. Director of Operations of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Mohammed Al Khadar said the crown prince "is exploring and examining options to upgrade the airport" to achieve international status. Khadar was speaking to "The Gulf Today” after the launch of three new aircraft for VIP and charter services. The aircraft were inspected by Chairman ...  >>MORE

DIB to finance phase 2 of Dubai airport expansion

Posted on 26/01/2005

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has announced today that it will arrange credit facilities for the main contract to complete phase 2 of Dubai airport expansion. This comes after Dubai Civil Aviation had recently awarded the 3.590 billion Dirhams contract to the joint venture of Al Habtoor Murray & Roberts and Takenaka. The contract involves engineering, construction, mechanical and electrical works for terminal 3, concourse 2 and car park at the Dubai International Airport. The work is to be ...  >>MORE

22,000 passengers pour into Dubai airport every day

Posted on 24/01/2005

The number of visitors to Dubai during the Dubai Shopping Festival [DSF] has increased this year, said a senior government official. "On an average our volunteers at the DSF Reception Committee receive 22,000 passengers per day," said Lieutenant Colonel Jasem Abdul Gafour, head of DSF Reception Committee at the Department of Naturalisation and Residency, Dubai [DNRD]. At this rate, Dubai is projected to receive more than 700,000 visitors during the 32-day extravaganza. About 21.7 million ...  >>MORE

DAFZA says growth in '04 exceptional

Posted on 18/01/2005

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority recorded a 63 per cent increase in the number of companies registered with it in 2004, and a 42 per cent increase in its revenues, officials said. The Free Zone's list of registered companies now includes Boeing, Thales, Rolls Royce, Wyeth Pharmaceutical and ESSEX. It also includes Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Abbot Laboratories, FedEx, UPS, Cellucom, US Robotics and Dicom. Dr. Mohammad Al Zarouni, DAFZA Director General, said, "Our policy has always been to ...  >>MORE

DNATA now connected to Ground Movement Radar at Dubai Airport

Posted on 18/01/2005

DNATA Airport Operations have invested in new equipment to link its control centre to the newly installed Ground Movement Radar (GMR) system at Dubai International Airport, enhancing its co-ordination of ground handling and ramp support services according to a according to a report by AMEInfo. DNATA is now the only ground-handling agent in the region, and one of few in the world, to have a GMR display, as well as an advanced Movement Control Centre (MOCON) equipped with the latest tracking and ...  >>MORE

New Airport City to create mega air-sea cargo hub

Posted on 12/01/2005

The new Airport City in Jebel Ali will create the largest air-sea logistics and transportation centre of its kind in the Middle East, industry officials said yesterday. The new airport, located next to the world's third largest free zone, the Jebel Ali Free Zone, will also be connected to Dubai Aid City, Techno Park and Dubai Investment Park. The two industrial parks contain a significant number of new manufacturing plants. The Airport City complex will also facilitate smooth and efficient ...  >>MORE

Work on Jebel Ali Airport City to start next month

Posted on 11/01/2005

Work on the Jebel Ali Airport City was ordered yesterday to begin in February. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, was briefed on the project by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Airport City work to start in February

Posted on 11/01/2005

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the construction of the Jebel Ali Airport City project to begin next month. Sheikh Maktoum issued the order in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai. To this effect, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, viewed a model of the project and was briefed about it yesterday. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of ...  >>MORE

Emojet handed top international safety award

Posted on 07/01/2005

Emojet, the aviation fuels arm of Emarat at Dubai International Airport, has been presented with the Exxon Mobil International Safety Award 2003. The award is in recognition of Emojet's outstanding performance in fuelling 1,850 jets in the year, with a 100 per cent incident free record. Rashid Al Shamsi, General Manager of Emarat, on receiving the award acknowledged it was due recognition for the Corporation's commitment to delivering the highest standards of service to the aviation industry ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport records strong traffic growth

Posted on 07/01/2005

Dubai International Airport experienced a 20.2 per cent increase in passenger traffic during 2004, while total revenues of Dubai Civil Aviation Department exceeded Dh3 billion. "The continuous growth at Dubai International Airport verifies the fact Dubai is now the premier business and leisure destination in the region," said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. A total of 21.7 million passengers passed through the airport last ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport’s expansion to spur Air Arabia growth

Posted on 05/01/2005

The ongoing expansion and re-development of Sharjah International Airport is set to spur the growth of Air Arabia, the first low-cost airline in the region. According to Adel Ali, CEO, Air Arabia, the Sharjah government-owned airline is to continue expanding its route network to service as many airports as possible within the four-and-a-half-hour range from the UAE. The key routes to open in future include India, Pakistan and Jordan. The Dh227 million investments on the Sharjah International ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free reaches new sales milestone

Posted on 03/01/2005

Dubai Duty Free's sales in 2004 exceeded US$500 million (Dh1.8 billion), representing a 32 per cent increase over last year. "The record sales are a fitting end to what has been a fantastic year at Dubai Duty Free," said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free. "At this time, it is appropriate to acknowledge the tremendous team effort that goes into running an operation of this size and I would like to extend my thanks to His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum for his ...  >>MORE

Sharjah international airport to undergo expansion

Posted on 29/12/2004

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department announced yesterday a Dhs.227 million expansion project for Sharjah International Airport. The project which will begin in 2005 will significantly increase the capacity of the airport to over eight million passengers annually. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

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Duty Free wins another award


Abu Dhabi announces first tender under Dh25b development plan


UAE's aviation industry on cloud nine


UAE pumps Dh70b into airport development


DCA revenue put at Dh850m per year


DCA to sign pact with Swiss firm for Dubai Flower Centre


Jebel Ali Airport City likely to allow foreign ownership


Dubai to get world's largest aircraft hangar


Plan for Jebel Ali Airport City rail, road network underway


Abu Dhabi unveils plans for new Dh25b airport


Abu Dhabi Duty Free announces the re-launch of their current raffle scheme 'The BIG TICKET Prize Draw'


Abu Dhabi DCA to announce airport development plans at ATM 2005


Cargo movement via Sharjah airport surges


Sharjah Airport to handle 8m passengers by 2007


Dubai airport sees off 6 million passengers


E-gates at airports soon: Sheikh Saif


Dubai Duty Free sales increase in first quarter


Abu Dhabi to get another airport by 2009


US$4.1b expansion of Dubai airport gathers pace


Dubai gears up to handle 190m air passengers


Sharjah to manage RAK's air navigation


Dubai airport best in Mideast and Africa


Dubai Logistics City will start operations in 2007


Air Arabia flies daily to India


Abu Dhabi Duty Free targets 20% growth


New terminal to open at Abu Dhabi airport


Sharjah Airport achieves 35% growth


Skywards aids arrival procedures


RAK airport eyes 20% growth rate


DIB to finance phase 2 of Dubai airport expansion


22,000 passengers pour into Dubai airport every day


DAFZA says growth in '04 exceptional


DNATA now connected to Ground Movement Radar at Dubai Airport


New Airport City to create mega air-sea cargo hub


Work on Jebel Ali Airport City to start next month


Jebel Ali Airport City work to start in February


Emojet handed top international safety award


Dubai airport records strong traffic growth


Sharjah airport’s expansion to spur Air Arabia growth


Dubai Duty Free reaches new sales milestone


Sharjah international airport to undergo expansion