Dubai’s audacious new US$82B airport on track

Despite the current economic downturn, work on Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, formerly known as the Jebel Ali International Airport, continues apace with the first commercial flight expected to kick off operations by middle of this year.

If completed as planned, the airport will have up to 16 air cargo terminals of 30,000 sq m each for a total of 12 million tonnes of air cargo annually, more than three times that of Memphis International Airport, today’s largest cargo hub.

According to Mammut Building Systems (MBS), a subsidiary of Emaar Industries & Investments, it has completed construction of DWC’s Cargo Terminal in Jebel Ali early last year. MBS, as subcontractor to the Arabtec/Max Bögl joint venture, designed and constructed a 22,668 sq m structure for the airport.

“The sheer size of the airport and the amount of cargo it will deal with once completed highlights the magnitude of this project,” a MBS official says.

With infrastructure costs estimated at Dh8.99 billion (US$33 billion), DWC comprises six specialised clustered zones: Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai Logistics City (DLC), DWC Aviation City, DWC Commercial City, DWC Residential City and DWC Golf City.

A new concept of logistics
Dubai Logistics City is set to redefine regional logistics operations as a truly integrated multimodal logistics platform, with all transport modes, logistics and value added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single-bonded free zone environment, Proffitt says.