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INFRASTRUCTURE

SHARJAH

Passenger throughput at Sharjah International Airport (SIA) rose by 36.9 per cent to 3.064 million in 2006. However, SIA handled more than 2 million passengers in the first half of 2007 compared to only 1.42 million passengers in the same period in 2006, an increase of around 43 per cent. As with the other emirates, the location of a national airline at the airport, in this case Air Arabia (see Aviation), played an influential role in the increase. The number of scheduled and non-scheduled flights through the airport was up by 14 per cent, rising from 20,735 flights in the first half of 2006 to 23,618 flights in the same period in 2007. Cargo handling also increased by around 31 per cent in the first half of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.

Sharjah International Airport

Ongoing developments are expected to boost the capacity of Sharjah airport to handle more than 8 million passengers a year. Work on the departure and arrival concourses has been completed.

FUJAIRAH

Looking further ahead, Fujairah is planning to phase out its existing international airport, on the edge of Fujairah City, to permit the area to be utilised for urban expansion. A completely new airport is being planned near Siji, on the western side of the Hajar Mountains, and close to the new Fujairah Dubai highway, which is expected to be completed by 2009. From Siji, using the new road, it will be only a 25-minute drive to Fujairah.

PORTS

The UAE has over 20 ports, ranging from state-of-the-art oil terminals, industrial ports and container-handling facilities to dhow and wooden-boat wharfs. At present, Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi City is Abu Dhabi’s main commercial port. In 2005 Abu Dhabi Seaports Authority (ADSA) signed a MoU with Dubai Ports World (DP World) to establish a strategy for the development and management of Mina Zayed and later that year the two parties entered into a management services agreement. In March 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports

The UAE has over 20 ports, ranging from state-of-the-art oil terminals, industrial ports and container-handling facilities to dhow and wooden-boat wharfs.

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