Events leading up to the historic first flight for Dubai’s newest airport

January 11, 2005: Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the construction of Jebel Ali Airport City project

March 19, 2005: Dubai formally launched work on the ambitious Jebel Ali Airport City project, billed as the world’s first integrated logistics and multi-modal transport platform

September 16, 2006: Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, announced about Dh120 billion will be invested in the Dubai World Central project

May 30, 2007: Dubai has awarded Dh6 billion worth of tenders for work on Dubai World Central, the site where the world’s biggest airport is planned

August 26, 2007: Dubai World Central, the 140 square kilometre aviation community taking shape at Jebel Ali in Dubai, has awarded two contracts worth $44.1 million (Dh161 million) for emergency services

November 5, 2007: The first runway at Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), set to be the world’s largest, at Jebel Ali has been completed

February 9, 2008: Grading work on the third phase of Dubai World Central (DWC), Jebel Ali, has been completed.

February 1, 2009: The opening of the first phase of the world’s biggest airport, being built in Dubai has been put back. Dubai World Central will open in 2010 instead of before the end of this year due to “a number of factors mostly relating to the readiness of infrastructure and the capability of Dubai International to more than cope with existing traffic”

June 20, 2010: Al Maktoum Airport received its first flight, Emirates Flight EK9883, a Boeing 777 freighter operating the Hong Kong-Dubai route