Dubai World faces construction problems

Five runways comprising mammoth project Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport will be inaugurated earliest 1 June 2010, Emirates SkyCargo’s VP Cargo, Ram Menen told Payload Asia at the recent Transport Logistik exhibition in Munich. This means the opening of the gates of this prestigious facility will be at least more than 2.5 years […]


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Five runways comprising mammoth project Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport will be inaugurated earliest 1 June 2010, Emirates SkyCargo’s VP Cargo, Ram Menen told Payload Asia at the recent Transport Logistik exhibition in Munich.

This means the opening of the gates of this prestigious facility will be at least more than 2.5 years behind original schedule. According to Roland Zibell of Switzerland-based ADI Consulting GmbH, who is responsible for planning the project, the basic infrastructure for commencing commercial flight operation is practically ready. It comprises a runway of 4,500 metres, part of the apron with stands for aircraft, a yearly 600,000 tonne capacity offering warehousing for air freight throughput and a passenger terminal for low cost traffic.

However, Dubai World Central is far behind schedule due to the widening gap between project management and physical construction work, criticises Zibell. “It does not suffice to just build a tower. You’ve got to hire skilled personnel, train and coach the people properly, commence a series of test flights and have the tower registered by IATA.“Th ese bundles of necessary activities have been widely underestimated by the local authorities at Dubai,” he said.

Another problem popped up with the clay. “When they started excavating the ground for installing the drainage pipes they unexpectedly bumped into layers of solid clay in some meters depth that was extremely tough to get out.”