DWC unveils Dh120m supply chain development plan

By WAM  www.emirates247.com

Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Aviation District has announced a Dh120 million plan to develop 45,000 square meters of new aerospace supply chain facilities.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of next year,  will feature a multi-purpose building for tenants that are part of the aerospace supply chain.

Catering specifically to small and medium enterprises in the global MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) sector, the buildings will comprise front offices and warehouse facilities.

Investors and MRO companies interested in the project are invited to access details from DWC Aviation District’s stand at the MRO Middle East show being held at the Dubai Trade Centre on February 2 and 3, 2015. More info

Economic Power And Influence Are Flocking To The Gulf States

Source:  www.businessinsider.com

Dubai likes to set records. It has the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), the largest shopping centre (the Dubai Mall) and the longest handmade gold chain (5.52km), to name but three.

But beyond mere ostentation, the city-state has more substantial achievements to its credit. In the year to September Dubai airport overtook Heathrow in London to become the world’s busiest international hub, with some 68.9m passengers using it yearly.

Oil wealth, geography, ambition and, it seems, canny investment, have turned Dubai into a major transit hub, especially for people and goods moving into or through the Middle East. Emirates, Dubai’s flagship carrier, is one of the world’s leading airlines. The Jebel Ali port ranks as the world’s ninth busiest.

Dubai World Central, a logistics hub around a new airport, will be twice the size of Hong Kong island when completed. It is served by some of the world’s most modern roads. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), of which Dubai is one of seven federated components, is building a railway, part of a proposed $25 billion network connecting the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). More info

Dubai World Central: Dubai’s new pearl

By Ayeda Husain  http://www.khaleejtimes.com/

Dubai has come a long way from being a sleepy little fishing village on the shores of the Arabian Gulf that once saw wooden dhows slowly floating down the Creek, carrying cargo.

Today there is nothing slow or sleepy about Dubai.

When once crossing the Creek, in itself, was a long and arduous journey, today Dubai’s infrastructure, ranked number three in the world, is set to cross all international standards as the city builds the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis.

Almost the size of the city of Stockholm, Dubai World Central will not just be the largest airport-city in the world, it will also play host to the largest airport in the world when completed, Al Maktoum International Airport.

“DWC is a lot more than just the keeper of the world’s largest airport,” explains Rashed Bu Qara’a, COO of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC). “It is a new economic paradigm. What we are doing is more than just redesigning travel; we are creating a self-contained economic power.”

The first city in the world to be exclusively designed around an airport, DWC, being developed by Dubai Aviation City Corporation, will host eight districts — residential, logistics, aviation, commercial, humanitarian, exhibition, golf and the airport, itself.

Each district has been designed to meet the needs of those who will live and work within this new urban development around the airport. The Residential District will offer living facilities for those living in the vicinity, catering to their everyday needs including schooling and medical care. More info

Al Maktoum Airport freight traffic surges 462%

By Staff  www.emirates247.com

The surge in freight volumes at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) continued in the third quarter of 2014 with triple-digit growth, according to traffic report issued on Tuesday by operator Dubai Airports.

A Maximus Air Cargo aircraft lands at the Al Maktoum Airport. Aircraft movements in Q3 2014 totalled 10,784, an increase of 61.3 per cent.

A Maximus Air Cargo aircraft lands at the Al Maktoum Airport. Aircraft movements in Q3 2014 totalled 10,784, an increase of 61.3 per cent.

DWC recorded 243,284 tonnes of freight in the third quarter, a sharp increase of 462.5 per cent from 43,252 tonnes recorded during the corresponding period in 2013. The spike, fuelled mainly by the completion of the shift of all pure cargo flights, including Emirates SkyCargo, from Dubai International to Al Maktoum International (DWC) in May this year. The year-to-date cargo in September reached 519,851 tonnes, up 255.6 per cent from 146,181 tonnes recorded during the first nine months of 2013, the operator said.

Passenger numbers totalled 155,997 in the third quarter as a result of temporary flights operated by some passenger airlines during the runway upgrade project at Dubai International between May 1 and July 20. The year-to-date passenger traffic (January-September) totalled 734,126. More info

$32b Dubai World Central development will take airport to 120m passenger capacity

By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: The $32 billion (Dh117.5 billion) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) is set to go ahead with construction likely to begin by the end of the year.

Image Credit: Supplied The $32 billion (Dh117.5 billion) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) is set to go ahead with construction likely to begin by the end of the year.

Image Credit: Supplied The $32 billion (Dh117.5 billion) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) is set to go ahead with construction likely to begin by the end of the year.

The project was endorsed on Monday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in a statement issued by Dubai Airports.

DWC opened to passenger airlines last October with an initial capacity of between five and seven million and has seen a steady take-up of carriers including Qatar Airways and Gulf Air, who also maintain operations at Dubai International.

The first phase of expansion will take six to eight years to build and will be able to accommodate 120 million passengers a year once completed. More info


Kuehne + Nagel opens Phase II of logistics centre

By WAM  www.emirates247.com

Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced the opening of Phase II of Kuehen + Nagel’s state-of-the-art logistics centre at DWC’s Logistics City.

The expansion project was recently awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), reflecting the company’s commitment towards sustainability.

The project complements DWC’s focus on encouraging sustainable developments in the UAE ahead of the Dubai World Expo 2020.

Phase II’s addition of around 14,000 sqm of space to the warehouse and mezzanine brings the logistics center’s total covered area to 31,000 sqm. More info


Dubai Airports set to launch runway upgrade

Source:  http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/

Dubai Airports has confirmed that all systems are go for a comprehensive runway upgrade project set to be launched at Dubai International on May 1, 2014 to boost safety, service and capacity levels.

The upgrade work will last 80 days during which the runways will be closed alternatively – the southern runway from May 1st to May 31st, and the northern runway from May 31st to July 20th, 2014. The project involves the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-metre long northern runway, which is nearing the end of its design life, as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.

During this period the number of flights at Dubai International will be reduced by 26 per cent while flight movements at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) are set to increase dramatically as eight airlines that currently operate into Dubai International have reserved slots to operate into Dubai’s second airport during the 80-day period. More than 300 flights a week are expected to depart from Dubai’s second airport during this period. More info

Dubai World Central showcases Aviation District at 2014 MRO Middle East exhibition

Source:  http://www.albawaba.com

Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, generated huge interest over its Aviation District from prospective investors and multinational corporations during the 2014 MRO Middle East, the leading regional aviation maintenance exhibition and conference, held recently at the Dubai World Trade Center.

During the two-day event focused on offering most innovative concepts in aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MROs), DWC highlighted the competitive advantages of the Aviation District, a 6.7 square kilometer development adjacent to the Al Maktoum International Airport. Envisioned to meet the present and future needs of aviation businesses, the district features state-of-the-art infrastructure, an education cluster, and world-class aviation expertise.

DWC’s Aviation District is strategically designed to accommodate all aviation-related operations, manufacturing and associated industries, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), MROs, aviation support services, design and consultancy, products and parts, light manufacturing units, and high technology industries. It provides both landside and airside facilities and leverages the current and future capacity of the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: “Dubai World Central is the only development based on the concept of the airport city in the Middle East. It has opened up infinite possibilities for the global aviation industry seeking to do business in the MENA region. The DWC Aviation District’s integration of aviation business elements has attracted the attention of major industry players. Our participation at MRO Middle East 2014 gave us a perfect platform to promote the district as a gateway for global MRO companies to strengthen their presence in the region.” More info

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