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Dubai's new Al Maktoum International
Airport will initially accommodate up to 7 million passengers per year, but will have the
capacity to extend to 120 million.
total annual capacity of Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) to 2.8 million tonnes. The new facility became operational at the end of 2007. With over 10 per cent growth and 1.7 million tonnes of cargo processed, DCV is currently ranked eleventh worldwide in terms of cargo movement, and is the busiest in the region. The constantly rising volume of cargo tonnage and the corresponding development of infrastructure at DCV also earned DIA the ‘Airport of the Year Award’ at the Air Cargo Week’s World Cargo Awards in 2007.
Even more impressive are Dubai’s plans to construct a massive Dh121 billion (US$33 billion) aviation city at Jebel Ali with Dh36.7 billion (US$10 billion) earmarked for a huge passenger and cargo hub at the Dubai World Central comples. Phase one of the project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2008 and the Al Maktoum International Airport will initially accommodate up to 7 million passengers per year, but will have the capacity to expand to 120 million when completed. Work began early in 2007, with the first runways finished in October 2007 and the runway aprons due to be completed in February 2008. Construction has also begun on the airport's headquarters, passenger terminal, control tower, and executive terminal. The airport will be linked to the existing Dubai International via the light-rail metro and a dedicated road network. When completed, the complex will cover 140 square kilometres, making it the largest airport facility in the world.
Dubai World Central will comprise six specialised clustered zones: Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai Logistics City, DWC Commercial City, DWC Residential City, Dubai Aviation City and DWC Golf City.
The intention is to establish a supply chain community within Dubai World Central that will be capable of handling 12 million tonnes of cargo each year. In pursuit of this aim, Dubai Logistics City (DLC) commenced construction of the first of 16 cargo terminals at the airport in 2007. When completed, the new Dh2.77 billion (US$75.7 million), 41,000 square-metre cargo terminal with an annual handling capacity of 600,000 tonnes will have direct interface with aircraft stands and aprons and will be adjacent to an A380-enabled runway.
The airport will also house the Executive Jet Centre, which will function as a one-stop hub for business jet operations. Designed to initially handle in excess of 100,000 aircraft movements a year, the EJC is due for completion in 2008.