Dubai invests US$1.2B in airport upgrade

Dubai Airports has confirmed its US$ 1.2 billion (AED 4.3 billion) investment in new and upgraded facilities for the over 110 international airlines that operate from Dubai International’s Terminals 1 and 2.


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Dubai Airports has confirmed its US$ 1.2 billion (AED 4.3 billion) investment in new and upgraded facilities for the over 110 international airlines that operate from Dubai International’s Terminals 1 and 2.

Concourse D, when it opens later this year, will become the new US$ 517 million (AED 1.9 billion) home to nearly 100 airlines that currently occupy Concourse C. It will feature 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate A380 or B747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands.

Designed around a central atrium, the emphasis in Concourse D is to create a more efficient and intuitive customer experience with short walks to connect passengers with their aircraft. The facility will also feature open gates, which will allow travellers to board directly from the waiting area, giving them more freedom and time to enjoy the full complement of exciting food and beverage outlets.

Construction is on track for completion mid-year, paving the way for the full launch of a rigorous trial and testing programme to ensure that every system and process is ready prior to opening.

A total of US$ 490 million (AED 1.8 billion) is being invested in a major phased refurbishment and modernisation of Terminal 1 and operational areas surrounding it and Concourse D. Upgrades include the improvement to the drop-off and pick-up points in front of the terminal, refurbishment of landside arrivals and the modernisation of the existing check-in and departure hall. A new train station is also being built from where passengers will be transported to Concourse D. The work also includes a reconfigured immigration area and a new airside arrivals route from the new train station.