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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Dubai civic body unveils pre-paid e-Gate vouchers

Posted on 16/06/2003

In an effort to increase the use of the quick electronic access Smart Card at Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has introduced a pre-paid e-Gate voucher for corporate use. The e-Gate vouchers can be purchased by companies and used by their employees to obtain the e-Card which gives them electronically controlled access to the airport without the usual manual passport stamp unless required. "Having won the approval of frequent travellers as ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport gets a new, improved look

Posted on 15/06/2003

Arab-inspired interior decor at the Sheikh Rashid Terminal, re-designed customer services counters, an express check-in counter, a 24-hour spacious food court, an Immigration office offering the e-gate card, an Ahlan lounge, and Central Reservation Services are among the number of features and facilities being offered to passengers travelling through the Dubai International Airport. The Dubai Civil Aviation yesterday organised a media tour of the airport's new facilities and features of the ...  >>MORE

Hi-tech passport control boosts passenger flow

Posted on 14/06/2003

Dubai International Airport, the second fastest-growing airport in the world in terms of passenger volume, handled over 16 million passengers last year, a 20 per cent increase over 2001. Projections for this year envisage that passenger volume will cross the 18 million mark and the estimate for 2010 is 30 million. To cope with the projected increase in passenger traffic, Dubai International Airport has introduced an e-Gate, a fully automated passport control system that allows pre-registered ...  >>MORE

Ajman airport tender to be issued this year

Posted on 07/06/2003

The tender for the US$800 million Ajman Airport may be issued this year, and construction is expected to begin next March, said officials of the London-based Wiggins Group. The airport will have a 4,000-metre runway and two taxiways, and will be built to cater initially to about two million passengers per year. It will have provision for hangers for maintenance, general aviation and a royal lounge. A rough masterplan has been submitted to the Ajman government. The plan calls for about eight ...  >>MORE

Ajman work on airport to begin next year

Posted on 04/06/2003

Work on an international airport in Ajman is expected to start in March next year. The Ajman International Airport project is part of master plan for the emirate that Britain's Wiggins Group has presented to the Ajman government. The London-based company is one of 100 exhibitors from 23 countries taking part in the Airport Build and Supply Exhibition at Airport Expo Dubai. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

RAK airport revises expansion plan

Posted on 03/06/2003

Ras Al Khaimah recently appointed Khatib and Alami as consultants to carry out a new plan for RAK International Airport, which will undergo massive development in the coming years, said a senior government official at the Airport Build and Supply Exhibition. The expo was officially inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates at the Airport Expo. RAK International Airport, under its revised plan, will ...  >>MORE

Ahmed stresses airport planning

Posted on 02/06/2003

In terms of airport planning and construction, Dubai is at the right juncture, as the new developments have been planned to cater to what will be the needs 20 years from now, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. In his inaugural speech at the two-day Airport Build and Supply Conference yesterday, Sheikh Ahmed said, "In the last couple of years, the aviation industry has witnessed a number of radical changes. ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport expansion ahead of schedule

Posted on 01/06/2003

Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) on Saturday said the US$4.1 billion Dubai International Airport expansion was ahead of schedule and the plan has been revised to cater to 70 million passengers a year. DCA said passenger movement projections have been revised and it is expected that Dubai will handle 70 million passengers by 2016 and 100 million by 2025. DCA officials said in the next six weeks the second package that include the foundation and concrete works for Terminal 3 and ...  >>MORE

Dubai second fastest growing airport in 2002

Posted on 27/05/2003

Dubai International Airport has emerged as the second fastest growing airport in international passenger movement, according to the latest statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI). The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, meanwhile, projects the airport will handle 18 million passengers in 2003 and 30 million in 2010. ACI's report said Dubai International Airport had 20 per cent growth in 2002, the second highest after Korea's Incheon which grew by 43 per cent. Albeit transit ...  >>MORE

Dubai, Singapore airports voted top favourites

Posted on 21/05/2003

Dubai and Singapore's Changi are the world's favourite international airports, holding the top spots for the second year in a row, according to a survey released on yesterday by the global airlines' body IATA. Passengers rated the two just ahead of Hong Kong and Copenhagen's Kastrup, which were in third and fourth place respectively. Dubai, whose terminal was completed in 2000 and saw 16 million people pass through last year, is one of the world's fastest-growing airports. Passengers gave it ...  >>MORE

DDF first to hold dual certification

Posted on 21/05/2003

Dubai Duty Free has successfully renewed its ISO14001 certification and has simultaneously achieved OHSAS 18001, making it the first airport in the world and the first government department in the Middle East to hold both the environmental and health and safety certifications. The retail operation has spent the past nine months reviewing the existing ISO 14001 environmental procedures and integrating the health and safety procedures of the OHSAS 18001 into one Integrated Management System. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport voted the best in the Middle East

Posted on 11/05/2003

Readers of the high-profile travel magazine Business Traveller Middle East have voted the Dubai International Airport as the Best in the Middle East. Survey forms were included in last month's edition of Business Traveller Middle East and were sent to every subscriber in the region. Voters of the readers of the magazine, the 25 categories for the awards covered favourite airlines, airports, hotels, golf courses and car rental companies. The DCA said the reader's verdict clearly illustrates how ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport posts encouraging results

Posted on 21/04/2003

Sharjah International Airport yesterday reported encouraging first-quarter results, with an 11 per cent rise in aircraft movements and a 30 per cent jump in passenger traffic. The positive results come in the background of war in Iraq and a lull in Middle East passenger and cargo movements, officials pointed out. The reinstated Ariana Afghan service to Kabul, Haj operations and My Travel's service from Scandinavia were instrumental in January charting the highest relative jump in aircraft ...  >>MORE

DNRD wins distinguished Technical Project's award for e-Gate

Posted on 17/04/2003

The e-Gate project implemented by Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD) at Dubai International Airport has won the 'Distinguished Technical Project' in the prestigious Dubai Government Excellence Awards for 2002. The annual awards, which were presented by H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, at an illustrious function held recently in Dubai, singled out e-Gate for introducing hi-tech and secure innovations in the area ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic soars in Fujairah

Posted on 14/04/2003

Fujairah International Airport has recorded 110 per cent increase in the number of passengers and 11 per cent rise in the volume of cargo handled during the first three months of this year compared with 2002. Khaled Al Mazroui, General Manager of the airport said that the number of passengers increased to 10,999 during the first three months of 2002, to 23,120 during the same period this year. Cargo handling movement went up from 9,965 tonnes during the first three months of 2002 to 11,050 ...  >>MORE

DCA slashes landing, parking fees by 50pc

Posted on 13/04/2003

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has reduced aircraft landing and parking fees at the Dubai International Airport by 50 per cent for a limited period from April 1 until the end of June, a DCA spokesperson said. This is the second such move by the DCA since September 11, 2001. The move has apparently been taken to encourage the airlines to continue their services to Dubai as many carriers have reduced their capacity in the Middle East due to falling traffic and revenue, since the Iraq war ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport's quarterly traffic hits 4.28m

Posted on 08/04/2003

A total of 4.28 million passengers used Dubai International Airport in the first quarter of this year from 3.8 million in the same period last year. Dubai Cargo Village also registered a 26 per cent growth by handling 208,071 tonnes of freight from 165,110 tonnes during the same period last year. Aircraft movement witnessed a 16 per cent growth with 40,393 movements from 34,933 in the first quarter of 2002, said official statistics. "The first quarter passenger movement, which saw a 13 per cent ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales hit Dh294m

Posted on 06/04/2003

Dubai Duty Free's 2003 first quarter sales reached Dh294 million, a 17 per cent increase over the same period last year. "Given the difficult circumstances, which have led to a reduction in global travel, we are pleased to see that our sales figures are quite resilient," said Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free managing director. "Sales for the first two months of the year were particularly strong, in fact January was a record month, and this has helped boost first quarter figures," he added. (The ...  >>MORE

DNRD may offer parallel screening techniques

Posted on 06/04/2003

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) is exploring secure screening procedures for the benefit of those travellers who are unable to utilise the fingerprint scan due to disabilities or fingerprint defects. One of the alternate technologies being considered is the iris identification system in which the iris of the user is screened using a special camera. If adopted, this system will be offered as an alternative to those who cannot fulfil the fingerprint scan requirement. ...  >>MORE

Enoc launches Skycart 11 at Dubai airport

Posted on 14/03/2003

Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has introduced Skycart II - the world's most advanced hydrant servicer - in its operations at Dubai International Airport. The solar-powered, self-propelled hydrant servicer, the only one of its kind in the UAE, will be dedicated to the new Emirates airline terminal. "Skycart II incorporates simplicity of operation with the latest in digital technology and is a sensible alternative to chassis mounted ground support equipment," explained Hussain Sultan, ...  >>MORE

Bids on for Abu Dhabi airport expansion

Posted on 06/03/2003

After some delay, the $600 million expansion plan of the Abu Dhabi International Airport (Adia) is moving forward with bids invited for two phases, senior officials confirmed. Each phase is estimated at $300 million, with the first phase comprising the construction of a new terminal the airport expects to handle eight million passengers in 2006. "The tenders for both phases are out and bidders are expected to submit bids by April. We expect a strong response from top international companies ...  >>MORE

ADDF wins two awards

Posted on 01/03/2003

Abu Dhabi Airport Catering and Duty Free has won two prestigious awards at the 17th Annual On-board Services Awards, organised by Onboard Services magazine, on the sidelines of their annual conference held in Orlando, US. Abu Dhabi Airport Catering and Duty Free was presented with the Diamond Award for Terminal Concessions (Duty Free) and the Sapphire Award for in-flight catering. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, said: "I am delighted at the ...  >>MORE

RAK airport prepares for major expansion

Posted on 25/02/2003

The Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation yesterday said it has developed a Dh60 million five-year plan for the airport, which is part of a 20-year master plan. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who heads the department, said the plan will see new equipment, facilities and construction. "There will be new arrival and departure lounges, a Free Trade Zone, automated cargo warehouses, parking lots, offices and restaurants. Five star hotel properties, golf courses and theme parks are ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport wins two major awards

Posted on 05/02/2003

Dubai International Airport was named 'World's Leading Airport' for the first time at the ninth World Travel Awards, held in St. Lucia. It was also chosen 'Middle East's Leading Airport' for the fifth time in succession. The World Travel Awards established in 1993 were set up for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating the massive achievements in all areas of the world's tourism industry. "Our vision is to have a world class airport which will sustain Dubai's growth as the ...  >>MORE

Positive start for Dubai Duty Free

Posted on 03/02/2003

The first month of this year was another record-breaker for Dubai Duty Free which had sales of Dh108.4 million - a 33 per cent increase in sales over the same period in 2002. While sales were buoyant across the board, certain categories demonstrated spectacular increases. Gold topped Dh13 million, representing a 24 per cent rise. Electronics sales for the month topped Dh12.4 million, representing a 50 per cent increase in sales. Meanwhile, perfume sales of Dh11.5 million were 34 per cent ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport to expand

Posted on 11/01/2003

Expansion work will soon begin on the Abu Dhabi International Airport to raise the Airport's capacity to 7.2 million passengers a year, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department, made the announcement in a statement published today by the "Al Asfar” Travel and Tourism magazine. Sheikh Nahyan said that the expansion projects, which is part of a plan to put the Airport on a long term competitive shape, include providing the Airport with a new ...  >>MORE

Dh500m expansion of Terminal 2 to begin

Posted on 08/01/2003

Dubai International Airport will start within a week or two the expansion of Terminal Two at a cost of Dh500 million. Phase one will be completed by August, and the second phase will be completed by 2005, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates. The self-financed project matches forecasts of 17 million passengers in 2003, 20 million in 2005 and around 30 million by 2010, he added. Around 16 million passengers used the airport in ...  >>MORE

16m passengers used Dubai airport in 2002

Posted on 07/01/2003

Sixteen million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport in 2002, a growth of 18 per cent over the 13.5 million in 2001. Cargo movement grew 24 per cent with total freight movement estimated at 784,996.93 tonnes against 632,23.52 tonnes in 2001. Aircraft movement has also shown growth of 11 per cent with 148,334 movements against 134,165 movements in 2001. This is a notable fact since worldwide aircraft movement has registered negative growth due to the fact that more carriers are ...  >>MORE

DDF crosses major milestones in '02

Posted on 31/12/2002

The year 2002 has been significant for Dubai Duty Free (DDF), which has achieved a milestone in Dh1 billion worth of sales by the second week of December, ahead of schedule. Besides, a regional conference and exhibition on Middle East's duty free industry highlighted its progress and growth in December which was significant in many ways. Dubai Duty Free began the year on a high note announcing record annual sales for 2001 of Dh888 million (US$244 million) representing an 11 per cent increase ...  >>MORE

DDF sets new daily sales record

Posted on 22/12/2002

Dubai Duty Free yesterday announced a new daily sales record of Dh4.74 million which was achieved on December 20. The new daily record surpasses that set on November 1 when sales topped Dh4.36 million. This latest record will result in even higher year-end sales." On average, Dubai Duty Free handles 18,000 shopfloor transactions per day, while on December 20, it recorded 28,885 transactions. Each transaction was 20 per cent higher than average. Electronics and camera sales topped Dh900,000 and ...  >>MORE

DDF rises to rank fifth globally

Posted on 16/12/2002

With sales crossing the Dh1 billion mark yesterday, the Dubai Duty Free is headed for a massive 20 per cent growth this year. With an average of 18,000 sales transactions a day, the operation has recorded over seven million transactions so far this year. In addition to its retail success, 2002 was a year of achievements for Dubai Duty Free when it was named by Dubai Quality Awards the 'Company of the Year - Trade' in the Gold category. Two industry awards were presented this year, ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to receive 20m passengers by 2005

Posted on 15/12/2002

The Dubai International Airport is poised to receive over 20 million passengers in 2005, and 30 million by 2010, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group, said yesterday. Sheikh Ahmed said that the figures were based on the commencement of the second phase of the major expansion work for Dubai Airport, and on projections which take into consideration a minimum10 per cent annual growth of passenger throughput, that ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free hopes to double sales to Dh2b

Posted on 14/12/2002

Dubai Duty Free - already among the top-five worldwide - expects to see its sales double to Dh2 billion in about five to six years time. This year, it will do Dh1 billion. Its first year sales in 1983 were Dh72 million. Dubai Duty Free also projects a doubling of the present staff strength to 2,000. It started in 1983 with a staff of 110. "Online sales? Yes, we are looking at it. We may try to develop it better. We are already experimenting with online sales of Duty Free Finest and ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport cargo movement surges

Posted on 07/12/2002

Cargo movement through Dubai International Airport grew by 20.6 per cent and 14 per cent in the Middle East by mid-2002, according to Airports Council International (ACI). From January to June, Dubai airport handled 422,775 tonnes of cargo and mail, registering a 20.6 per cent growth in traffic movement compared with the first six months of 2001. Last year, Dubai was ranked 25th in the list of the world's busiest airports for handling 632,224 metric tonnes of cargo, ACI said. Cargo ...  >>MORE

Frontier Award for Abu Dhabi Duty Free

Posted on 16/11/2002

The Abu Dhabi Duty Free, ADDF, announced yesterday that it had for the second consecutive year won the Frontier Marketing Award for "Best Marketing Campaign by a Retailer”. The award widely regarded as the ‘Oscar' of the duty free industry was announced at the 18th Tax Free World Exhibition held in Cannes in October. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, speaking about the award said: " I am very proud of Abu Dhabi Duty Free's ...  >>MORE

Fujairah airport traffic up

Posted on 14/11/2002

Fujairah International Airport has recorded a 54 per cent growth in passenger traffic during the past 10 months compared to the same period last year. Khaled Al Mazroui, director-general of the airport, said the number of passengers increased from 34,034 to 52,540. "The airport also recorded a six per cent rise in the quantity of cargo handled during the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2001. Cargo increased from 25,332 tonnes in 2001 to 26,811 tonnes." A 20 per cent ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic up at Al Ain airport

Posted on 04/11/2002

Passenger traffic at Al Ain International Airport has been growing continuously with the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) upgrading facilities under a development plan. The number of passengers using the airport has been growing 13 per cent annually, said Fahad Al Hossani, acting director general of the DCA. The airport, which was opened in March 1994, is currently undergoing a $20.5 million renovation and expansion programme that is scheduled to be completed next year. The project ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales set monthly records

Posted on 03/11/2002

Dubai Duty Free has recorded a new monthly sales record of Dh102.6 million in October and another new daily sales record of Dh4.36 million on November 1. The new monthly record surpasses this year's mark of Dh90.7 million, and represents a 59 per cent increase in sales over October 2001. The new daily record edged past that set on February 21st and sets the tone for sales expectations in November. This year is proving to be an exceptional year for Dubai Duty Free, with the operation well ...  >>MORE

DCA awards Dh600m deals this year

Posted on 17/10/2002

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has awarded Dh600 million worth of contracts to firms this year under its ambitious US$2.5 billion expansion plan for Dubai airport's Concourses 2 and 3 and Terminal 3, said a senior DCA official. The DCA is also thinking about check-in counters in the city for passengers in future if the traffic movement in and around the airport becomes excessive. The expansion plan is on schedule. Work has begun, despite some changes in the original plans. "We ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport traffic increases by 12.7pc

Posted on 16/10/2002

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) handled 11.83 million passengers in the first nine months of this year, a 12.7 per cent growth over the corresponding period last year, a senior DCA official said at a presentation on the future expansion of Dubai International Airport to an Australian business delegation. Australian carrier Qantas is planning to link Dubai to its network, following a transport agreement signed between the UAE and Australia recently. The 12.7 per cent increase in ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air plans check-in kiosks

Posted on 16/10/2002

Gulf Air will become the first Middle East airline to introduce self-service check-in kiosks at selected locations. The project to implement the automated service at Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Muscat airports will begin soon and is scheduled to be introduced early next year. The contract was awarded to Gulf Business Machines, IBM's representative for the Gulf. The kiosks, which will operate next to traditional check-in desks, use touch-screens to ensure a simple process for passengers checking in ...  >>MORE

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Dubai civic body unveils pre-paid e-Gate vouchers


Dubai airport gets a new, improved look


Hi-tech passport control boosts passenger flow


Ajman airport tender to be issued this year


Ajman work on airport to begin next year


RAK airport revises expansion plan


Ahmed stresses airport planning


Dubai airport expansion ahead of schedule


Dubai second fastest growing airport in 2002


Dubai, Singapore airports voted top favourites


DDF first to hold dual certification


Dubai Airport voted the best in the Middle East


Sharjah airport posts encouraging results


DNRD wins distinguished Technical Project's award for e-Gate


Passenger traffic soars in Fujairah


DCA slashes landing, parking fees by 50pc


Dubai airport's quarterly traffic hits 4.28m


Dubai Duty Free sales hit Dh294m


DNRD may offer parallel screening techniques


Enoc launches Skycart 11 at Dubai airport


Bids on for Abu Dhabi airport expansion


ADDF wins two awards


RAK airport prepares for major expansion


Dubai airport wins two major awards


Positive start for Dubai Duty Free


Abu Dhabi Airport to expand


Dh500m expansion of Terminal 2 to begin


16m passengers used Dubai airport in 2002


DDF crosses major milestones in '02


DDF sets new daily sales record


DDF rises to rank fifth globally


Dubai airport to receive 20m passengers by 2005


Dubai Duty Free hopes to double sales to Dh2b


Dubai airport cargo movement surges


Frontier Award for Abu Dhabi Duty Free


Fujairah airport traffic up


Passenger traffic up at Al Ain airport


Dubai Duty Free sales set monthly records


DCA awards Dh600m deals this year


Dubai airport traffic increases by 12.7pc


Gulf Air plans check-in kiosks