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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Abu Dhabi Airports signs fuel services agreement with ADNOC Distribution

Posted on 13/03/2014

Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday signed an agreement with ADNOC Distribution to support Abu Dhabi International Airport's (AUH) growth beyond the opening of the Midfield Terminal and well into the future. The fuel services agreement will secure the provision of fuel related services at 3 of its airports - Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International and Al Bateen Executive for the next 20 years. In line with the development of the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), both Abu Dhabi Airports and ...  >>MORE

Expansion of Abu Dhabi Airport in line with UAE vision 2021, says Minister of Economy

Posted on 12/03/2014

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of Board of General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA, has praised the infrastructure projects being implemented by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). He added that the expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport is in line with the growth of civil aviation in the UAE in the light of prosperity being experienced by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as cultural and tourism destinations, as well as a venue for businesspersons, noting ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports powers down for green initiative

Posted on 11/03/2014

Dubai Airports flipped the switch on Earth Hour earlier than usual this year by launching a campaign to turn off all non-essential lights at Dubai International for an hour everyday over 24 days in the run-up to Earth Hour on March 29th. The campaign, which commenced at 1900 (7pm) on March 6, will not affect essential facilities within the airport to ensure smooth operations. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, "This is a great opportunity for us to renew and increase our ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport's new runway 80% complete

Posted on 05/03/2014

More than 80 per cent of the civil works for the new runway for Sharjah International Airport has been completed. The airport management in the presence of Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of Civil Aviation Department – Sharjah and Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, and a number of the engineers of the airport and those in charge of the project visited the site to view the progress made in this important project. Sheikh Khalid said: "The new runway is very important ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free honoured at Global CSR Awards

Posted on 01/03/2014

Dubai Duty Free was presented with two top Global CSR Awards at the recently-concluded World CSR Congress in Mumbai. The awards included the Global Green Future Leadership for Best Green 4Rs Award (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling & Recovery) and the Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices. The Best Green 4Rs Award was awarded to Dubai Duty Free for its use of high environmental standards throughout the operation, which is accredited with both ...  >>MORE

The Middle East to get its first wide-bodied VVIP Aircraft Completion Centre at Dubai World Central

Posted on 27/02/2014

Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced that it has signed a new deal with Falcon Aviation Services , the Abu Dhabi-based VVIP jet and helicopter service provider, to open the first VVIP aircraft completion centre in the Middle East at the Aviation District in Dubai World Central , which will have a new wide body Code F hangar which can handle a Boeing 747-800 aircraft and bigger, including a Head of State aircraft. The agreement was signed by ...  >>MORE

Dubai International starts 2014 with record 6.4 million passengers

Posted on 27/02/2014

Dubai International Airport started the New Year with record monthly traffic, exceeding 6.4 million passengers in January. According to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports yesterday, passenger traffic reached 6,400,706 in January 2014, up 15.1 per cent from 5,559,760 recorded during the same month in 2013. The bumper traffic was boosted by the seasonal rush of holidaymakers into Dubai, as well as the recently concluded Dubai Shopping Festival, which attracts travellers from ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport begins 2014 with 14.5% passenger growth for January

Posted on 19/02/2014

Passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport has marked another double digit increase with a 14.5% rise for January compared to the same month last year. The airport's passenger statistics show that 1,564,266 passengers used the airport in January 2014, growing from 1,366,433 in January last year. Aircraft movements are also registering a parallel increase of 7.7% growth compared with the same month last year to record 11,972 movements. Commenting on the traffic report, Ahmad Al ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs claims Golden Peacock Global Award for CSR

Posted on 17/02/2014

Dubai Customs has claimed the prestigious Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for the year 2013 in government organisation category. The awarding ceremony for government and private entities was part of the 8th Annual International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, held at Bengaluru, India. The conference was attended by Shri Nikhil Kumar, Governor of State of Kerala, Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, Chairman, Advisory Council, Institute of Directors, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports on the lookout for world class retail partners

Posted on 13/02/2014

The world's most spectacular new international airport project - Abu Dhabi Airports' Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) - is inviting bids from potential commercial partners to deliver "The jewel in the crown" of global aviation. With the ground-breaking project progressing firmly on track, Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday announced that its subsidiary company, Abu Dhabi Duty Free, has launched its commercial process to attract global bidders to move into the eagerly-awaited new airport. Retailers, ...  >>MORE

Record Year for Abu Dhabi Duty Free

Posted on 12/02/2014

Abu Dhabi Duty Free retail revenue in 2013 stood at a record Dh 912.7 million (US US$248 million), showing an increase of 13% compared to 2012, according to Abu Dhabi Airports. The successful year ended on a high note when December proved to be the busiest month of the calendar year and sales figures reached Dh 92 million (US$25 million) at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The most popular gifts purchased by air travellers were beauty products, fragrances, watches, gold and diamonds. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs and U.S. Customs discuss cooperation

Posted on 11/02/2014

Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Director General of Dubai Customs, has received Thomas S. Winkowski, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection; in the presence of Rob Waller, U.S. Consul General in Dubai. The two parties discussed bilateral cooperation and future prospects for the exchange of expertise. Also included in the discussion were enhancing coordination in trade protection and facilitating the flow of ...  >>MORE

EFECO joint venture awarded Dh 878m mechanical and electrical contract at Abu Dhabi Airport

Posted on 11/02/2014

Arabtec Holding PJSC yesterday announced that its subsidiary, Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company, EFECO, has been awarded a joint venture contract to carry out mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work at the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Building (MTB). The 700,000 square meter terminal building is one of the key strategic infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi. It will accommodate up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A-380, with an expected capacity of 30 ...  >>MORE

Midfield Terminal set to be gateway to Abu Dhabi by 2017

Posted on 09/02/2014

Construction and senior management officials recently witnessed the assembly of the first steel arch of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi Airports. The event marks the launch of the roof structure sequence for the mega project and forever changes the skyline of Abu Dhabi as the future gateway continues to rise above the ground. The iconic design of the MTB is directly connected to the engineering concept behind the steel arches. Each arch rises above its base in an incline ...  >>MORE

Midfield Terminal rises above the ground

Posted on 06/02/2014

Chief Executives and management teams from construction partners and stakeholders witnessed yesterday the assembled first steel arch of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi Airports. This milestone marks the launch of the roof structure sequence for the mega project and forever changes the skyline of Abu Dhabi as the future gateway continues to rise above the ground. The iconic design of the MTB is directly connected to the engineering concept behind these steel arches. Each arch ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport handled over 66 million passengers in 2013

Posted on 30/01/2014

Dubai International, the world's second busiest international hub, registered another banner year with annual passenger traffic reaching 66,431,533 in 2013, following a record-breaking December when passenger numbers eclipsed the 6 million mark for the first time. Annual passenger traffic of 66,431,533, up 15.2 per cent compared to 57,684,550 recorded during 2012, represents the airport's highest total ever thanks to network expansion and monthly passenger numbers which exceeded 5 million for ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Int’l traffic reaches 8.5 million

Posted on 23/01/2014

Sharjah International Airport reported a significant increase in passenger traffic with a 13.15 per cent jump during 2013, in comparison with 2012. Over 8.5 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013, compared to the 7.5 million passengers recorded in 2012. Aircraft movements were up half a percentage point in 2013, to reach 66,244 compared to the 65,975 movements in 2012. The freight handled for the same period of 2013 was recorded at nearly 300,000 tonnes. This increase comes ...  >>MORE

Expo 2020 will spur unprecedented airport investments boom in UAE

Posted on 20/01/2014

Investments in airports expansion in the Arabian Gulf's aviation heartland is due for a biggest push with the selection of Dubai as the host city for Expo 2020- the third biggest event after Olympics and FIFA World Cup- thereby offering vast growth opportunities for the global aviation industry as the city-state accelerates its drive to enhance the airports capacity and facilities. A significant portion of the government investments planned for infrastructure development in the emirate will be ...  >>MORE

e-Gate registration to start at Abu Dhabi mall

Posted on 04/01/2014

UAE citizens, GCC nationals and residents and visa holders in the country will be able to get registered in the e-Gate project on Sunday at Abu Dhabi Galleria Mall. The registration process will continue till Thursday. Major Mohammad Al Zuabi, the project's director said that the registration will take place from 10am to 10pm. He added that those registering have to have their passports with them and that the registration is free of charge and will only take 20 seconds. Major Al Zuabi ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free hits monthly sales record

Posted on 03/01/2014

Dubai Duty Free, or DDF, on Thursday said it set a new monthly sales record of Dh700 million (US$192 million) in December. In a statement DDF said 2013 was a remarkable year as it recorded 11.4 per cent growth in sales to US$1.8 billion. It's operations on 30th anniversary on December 20 also set a new daily sales record of Dh111.88 million, showing a 40 per cent year-on-year growth with the help of 215,000 transactions. "We are thrilled to announce such a positive year in 2013, which marked ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to surpass annual forecast of 65.4m passengers

Posted on 31/12/2013

Dubai International, the world's second busiest international hub, is set to surpass the traffic forecast for the year, as the airport recorded another month of high growth this November, according to the monthly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports. With traffic in November reaching 5.337 million, up 9.5 per cent compared to 4.875 million in the corresponding period in 2012, the airport has registered 12 consecutive months with monthly traffic - exceeding 5 million passengers. The ...  >>MORE

DDF stands leading airport retailer with US$1.8b turnover

Posted on 29/12/2013

The Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has become one of the leading airport retailers in the world with sales turnover of US$1.8 billion this year. The growth and development of Dubai Duty Free is due to several factors, not least of which is the tremendous support and encouragement that Dubai Duty Free have received from the Government of Dubai and the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and in particular for ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 9.8 percent increase in passenger traffic in November

Posted on 25/12/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday revealed the traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport for the month of November 2013. The report indicated that the capital's airport registered a 9.8% increase in passenger traffic for the month of November 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, at 1,330,378 passengers. Aircraft movements increased by 10.7% at 11,856. Cargo traffic figures were also on the rise, with over 66,516 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, recording a 33.3% ...  >>MORE

Global companies join Abu Dhabi Airport Business City

Posted on 23/12/2013

As Abu Dhabi Airports continues to welcome new global tenants to the Logistics Park at Abu Dhabi Airport Business City, the company yesterday announced the signing of an agreement with DHL for it to lease a 2,880 square metre warehouse located at the Logistics Park. The newly launched Abu Dhabi Airport Business City is currently operating three main facilities and services, the Logistics Park, the Business Park and the Business Centre. Each one of these concepts plays a direct role in ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport reveals 2030 master plan

Posted on 20/12/2013

Sharjah International Airport is confident its 2030 master plan, which is nearing completion, will be able to attract new airlines despite Dubai and Abu Dhabi's mammoth investments that will be completed by the end of the decade. A tight-lipped Dr Ganem Mohammad Al Hajri, Chairman of Sharjah Airports, told Gulf News in an interview that starting next year there will be more passenger and cargo flights out of the airport that is planning its expansion. Sharjah Airport is waiting to complete ...  >>MORE

DDF wins ‘Best Duty Free Shops’ award

Posted on 19/12/2013

Dubai Duty Free was presented with the ‘Best Duty Free Shops' award by the publisher of US-based magazine Global Traveller (GT) for the seventh consecutive year, at a reception held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman of Dubai Duty Free, said: "We are delighted to accept this award for the seventh consecutive year and we thank all of those who participated in the survey.” – Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free: A retail powerhouse

Posted on 19/12/2013

In December 2013, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) celebrates its 30th anniversary and marks the year with record sales of US$1.8 billion compared with US$20 million in year one. This turnover places DDF in a prime position in the world in this category. Undoubtedly, the secret of DDF's success is its commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation not forgetting customer satisfaction. The story behind this success started early in 1983 with an advertisement for an airport fire-tender placed ...  >>MORE

New partnership between Abu Dhabi Airports and Plaza Premium Lounge

Posted on 18/12/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports has entered into a partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited (PPLML), the industry leader in premium airport services, for the renovation, management and operation of Abu Dhabi International Airport's hotel and lounges in Terminals 1 and 2. Abu Dhabi International Airport's renovated lounges will offer added privacy and luxury, where passengers will be able to enjoy personalised services and facilities. Within the new lounges, passengers will have access to a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal set to feature metro link to airport

Posted on 10/12/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) is in talks with the Department of Transport to provide road and railway connectivity to the new Midfield Terminal project. "Part of the connectivity of the Midfield Terminal includes a significant interchange with the Department of Transport to link [the terminal] to the main highway,” said Tony Douglas, the chief executive of Adac. Adac is also planning to provision space for a light rail or metro, once the project is ready. "The metro is part of a broader ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport now more accessible for persons with reduced mobility

Posted on 09/12/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports is further enhancing its accessibility by offering golf carts to passengers with wheelchairs as part of Abu Dhabi Airports' commitment to delivering world-class services for all passengers. The golf carts are based in Terminals 1 and 3, and will be used to assist in transporting passengers with reduced mobility between the departure and arrival halls, and the aircraft gates. In its efforts to cater to the needs of all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports continues to proactively ...  >>MORE

Dubai International passenger traffic rises 15.1%

Posted on 28/11/2013

Dubai International, the world's second busiest hub for international passengers recorded its tenth consecutive month with more than 5 million travelers, according to the monthly traffic report for October issued yesterday by airport operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in October totaled 5,667,698, up 15.1 per cent from 4,923,246 recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date traffic climbed 15.9 per cent to 55,046,863 compared to 47,488,586 recorded during the corresponding ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport voted Best in Middle East for 2013

Posted on 21/11/2013

Dubai International Airport has won the "Best Airport in the Middle East" in passenger service, organised by the Aviation magazine. The announcement of the prize win came during a special ceremony held in Dubai yesterday evening in the presence of a crowd of dignitaries and workers in the aviation sector of the UAE. Dubai Airport won the award based on the votes of the jury comprising international experts in the field of aviation, taking into account the services provided by airports, ...  >>MORE

Emirates' newest stores open at Concourse A

Posted on 14/11/2013

Emirates recently expanded its presence at Dubai International Airport with the opening of two new retail stores in Concourse A. Featuring more than 200 items of Emirates merchandise, the stores are the airline's eighth and ninth locations. Designed in the shape of an aircraft and incorporating elements of Emirates' iconic Airbus A380, the stores carry a collection of official Emirates merchandise. From model aircraft and key chains to fashion apparel, every passenger, regardless of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free wins event management award in London

Posted on 12/11/2013

At the 7th International Sports Event Management (ISEM) Awards held in London on November 6, Dubai Duty Free won in the Event Marketing category for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2013. The airport retailer, which owns and organises the WTA and ATP tournament, faced strong competition from other international sporting events to emerge as the winner in this field. The ISEM Awards are the industry's flagship event which honours sport event management industry leaders for their ...  >>MORE

Pace picks up in construction of Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal

Posted on 07/11/2013

Construction on Abu Dhabi's new airport terminal is gathering pace with the award of a Dh600 million contract to Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG). The Australian-UAE joint venture builder won the infrastructure contract on the vast Midfield Terminal which is designed with an initial capacity of 30 million passengers. HLG will deliver the project across "airside and landside airport operational areas, within the Midfield Terminal Complex construction site, the East Midfield Terminal area and along ...  >>MORE

Passenger Traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increases by 10.1 per cent in September

Posted on 06/11/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday released Abu Dhabi International Airport's (AUH) traffic report for the month of September 2013. Over 1.3 million passengers travelled through the airport last month, demonstrating a significant growth of 10.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2012. The report also revealed that the airport registered 12.1 per cent growth in passenger traffic in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the same period last year (Jan-Sept 2012), with 12,249,300 passengers ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free posts 11% growth to Dh5.23b

Posted on 06/11/2013

The latest sales figures put DDF's operation on track for year-end sales of an estimated Dh6.6billion, the airport retailer said in a statement. The perfumes category retained the No. 1 spot as sales rose to Dh835 million while gold sales increased by seven per cent to Dh503 million in the 10-month period. The DDF, one the world's most sought-after airport retailers, said it had recorded impressive sales figures for both departing and arriving passengers. Terminal 2 has shown an impressive 22 ...  >>MORE

DAFZA announces new initiatives to international partners and business consultants for 2014

Posted on 30/10/2013

Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) yesterday announced a series of brand new initiatives to its network of global business consultants, who are responsible for bringing many of DAFZA's most prestigious international clients to Dubai. At a ceremony held at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, DAFZA congratulated their overseas partners and introduced them to several innovative changes, such as its first ever mobile app, which provides users with access to more than 120 services including new business enquiries ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport

Posted on 28/10/2013

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has welcomed the inauguration of passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport, deeming it a platform to develop Jabel Ali as an industrial and logistic hub that contributes to Dubai's development in all aspects and diversify the UAE national economy. He added that the airport will be the biggest in the world once completed, noting that it had always been in the mind of the ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central opens for passengers

Posted on 28/10/2013

The new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, DWC opened its doors for business yesterday following its official inauguration and the welcoming of its first commercial flight. A large delegation of local dignitaries and aviation officials toured the facility following the unveiling of a commemorative display and welcomed the first commercial flight, Wizz Air flight W6 2497 arriving from Budapest, Hungary. Also present were aircraft from Gulf Air and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports and Air Serbia announce global network expansion

Posted on 28/10/2013

Abu Dhabi Airports announced yesterday the expansion of its global network at Abu Dhabi International Airport with the arrival earlier this morning of Air Serbia's first commercial flight connecting Abu Dhabi to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. A delegation of Serbian government officials, businessmen and media onboard the aircraft, led by Aleksandar Vucic, and Dane Kondic, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, was welcomed upon arrival at the airport by Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Airports signs fuel services agreement with ADNOC Distribution


Expansion of Abu Dhabi Airport in line with UAE vision 2021, says Minister of Economy


Dubai Airports powers down for green initiative


Sharjah airport's new runway 80% complete


Dubai Duty Free honoured at Global CSR Awards


The Middle East to get its first wide-bodied VVIP Aircraft Completion Centre at Dubai World Central


Dubai International starts 2014 with record 6.4 million passengers


Abu Dhabi International Airport begins 2014 with 14.5% passenger growth for January


Dubai Customs claims Golden Peacock Global Award for CSR


Abu Dhabi Airports on the lookout for world class retail partners


Record Year for Abu Dhabi Duty Free


Dubai Customs and U.S. Customs discuss cooperation


EFECO joint venture awarded Dh 878m mechanical and electrical contract at Abu Dhabi Airport


Midfield Terminal set to be gateway to Abu Dhabi by 2017


Midfield Terminal rises above the ground


Dubai International Airport handled over 66 million passengers in 2013


Sharjah Int’l traffic reaches 8.5 million


Expo 2020 will spur unprecedented airport investments boom in UAE


e-Gate registration to start at Abu Dhabi mall


Dubai Duty Free hits monthly sales record


Dubai airport to surpass annual forecast of 65.4m passengers


DDF stands leading airport retailer with US$1.8b turnover


Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 9.8 percent increase in passenger traffic in November


Global companies join Abu Dhabi Airport Business City


Sharjah airport reveals 2030 master plan


DDF wins ‘Best Duty Free Shops’ award


Dubai Duty Free: A retail powerhouse


New partnership between Abu Dhabi Airports and Plaza Premium Lounge


Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal set to feature metro link to airport


Abu Dhabi International Airport now more accessible for persons with reduced mobility


Dubai International passenger traffic rises 15.1%


Dubai International Airport voted Best in Middle East for 2013


Emirates' newest stores open at Concourse A


Dubai Duty Free wins event management award in London


Pace picks up in construction of Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal


Passenger Traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increases by 10.1 per cent in September


Dubai Duty Free posts 11% growth to Dh5.23b


DAFZA announces new initiatives to international partners and business consultants for 2014


Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport


Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central opens for passengers


Abu Dhabi Airports and Air Serbia announce global network expansion