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INFRASTRUCTURE

government that was incorporated by Emiri Decree No. 5 of 4 March 2006 to spearhead the development of the emirate's aviation infrastructure. Its creation was part of the government’s ambitious restructuring initiative aimed at delivering better services to support the emirate's long-term economic and tourism strategies and to help build a more vibrant economy that attracts and promotes private sector investment. ADAC subsequently appointed international airport investor and manager, Changi Airports International (CAI), to manage operations at ADIA for a period of 18 months following an agreement signed in December 2006.

ADIA registered a 25 per cent growth in passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2007 over the same period in 2006. Passengers handled by the airport in that time numbered 1.575 million.

Abu Dhabi’s rising popularity as a business centre, tourist destination and aviation hub has meant that passenger volumes have been increasing steadily at the airport, especially since the launch of the Abu Dhabi-based national airline, Etihad Airways.

ADIA registered a 25 per cent growth in passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2007 over the same period in 2006. Passengers handled by the airport in that time numbered 1.575 million, compared to 1.255 million in the first quarter of 2006. Abu Dhabi Duty Free’s (ADDF) sales results for the first half of 2007 were 33.26 per cent up on the same period in 2006. Underlining ADDF's position as the region's leading duty-free operation by average spend, departing passengers increased their expenditure by 10.5 per cent, spending an average of US$51 per passenger over the same period. With new retail services coming on-stream, ADDF expects to cross the Dh370 million (US$100 million) mark in terms of turnover by the end of the year. ADDF ranks second in the Middle East and thirty-fourth worldwide by turnover.

To cope with increased throughput, Dh26 billion (US$7.08 billion) is being invested in the re- development of the airport, which was originally designed to handle 3.5 million passengers annually. An interim solution to the capacity dilemma was to build a new terminal (Terminal 2), adapt the original building to accommodate another terminal (Terminal 1A), and overhaul all facilities, thereby increasing passenger handling capacity to 6.8 million. This was achieved in a record six months with Terminal IA and Terminal 2 both in operation since September 2005. The interim terminals

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