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Dubai Airports welcomes Sheikh Mohammedís approval of $32bn DWC airport expansion plan to ultimately accommodate more than 200million passengers a year

Dubai World Central Airport Press release 8 Sep.14

First phase will take 6-8 years to build and accommodate more than 120m passengers

Dubai, UAE Ė September 8, 2014 Ė Dubai Airports today welcomed the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai endorsing the AED120bn (US$ 32bn) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) which will ultimately accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year.

The development is anticipated to be the biggest airport project in the world and will be built in two phases. The first phase includes two satellite buildings with a collectively capacity of 120 million passengers annually, accommodate 100 A380 aircraft at any one time and will take between six and eight years to complete. The entire development will cover an area of 56 square kilometres.

More than its size, the new airportís uniqueness lies in a radically new approach to ensure that the latest technology and efficient processes will cut the time spent completing travel formalities and reduce walking distances, enabling passengers to make fast and efficient connections between hundreds of destinations worldwide.

The decision follows months of planning by the key stakeholders in the aviation sector, including Dubai Airports, Dubai Airports Engineering Projects, Emirates airline and dnata, to ensure that a design was selected that facilitates the future growth of Dubaiís aviation industry.

With passenger traffic expected to reach almost 100 million at Dubai International by the end of 2020, the further development of DWC will be a vital step towards providing the necessary facilities to accommodate passenger and cargo growth in the decades ahead and pave the way for Emirates to relocate their intercontinental hub operations to DWC by the mid-2020s.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his visionary support of the project, and described the new airport as a vital investment in the future of Dubai. He confirmed that the aviation sector was projected to remain a cornerstone of Dubaiís economy, and was expected to support more than 322,000 jobs and contribute 28 per cent of Dubaiís GDP by 2020.

ďOur future lies at DWC. The announcement of this AED120bn development of DWC is both timely and a strong endorsement of Dubaiís aviation industry. With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades but also provide state of the art facilities that revolutionise the airport experience on an unprecedented scale,Ē said Griffiths.


Editors Notes
Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation of both of Dubaiís airports Ė Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central.
DWC currently has cargo facilities with a capacity of about 1 million tonnes a year and a passenger terminal building able to accommodate up to seven million passenger annually. The existing facilities are separate from the future development of the airport.
For in-depth details on the future expansion of DWC visit

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