Dubai World Central celebrates inauguration of Al Maktoum International Airport



Heralding the opening of Al Maktoum International for cargo operations, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said that Phase 1 completion of the airport demonstrates the significant, ongoing development of the first aerotropolis in the Middle East.

“The inauguration of Al Maktoum International serves as a timely reminder to regional and international stakeholders of the strength of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to meeting the long-term infrastructure growth and capital requirements of our city,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

Emphasising that Dubai World Central will support the emirate’s aviation, tourism, commercial and logistics requirements through 2050 and beyond, he added: “The Government of Dubai remains fully committed to the timely realisation of the airport and Dubai World Central as whole. There is no doubt that this multi-modal logistics hub will provide significant benefits to the economy of Dubai and the wider region, particularly at a time when the transportation and logistics sector is playing an increasingly important role in the city’s rapidly diversifying economy.”

“The opening of Al Maktoum International represents another milestone in the ongoing development of the Dubai World Central master project,” added Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation. “Located at the crossroads of global trade flows, Dubai World Central is the region’s first aerotropolis, providing multi-modal transportations solutions, international connectivity and the kind of operational predictability that is vital to today’s fast-cycle business environment.

“The opening of our new airport will complement additional components of the larger Dubai World Central project, including free-zone commercial, residential and educational facilities,” added Al Zaffin.

“Linking Dubai to the world through air, sea and road, Dubai World Central is an integrated solution to the 21st century challenges of global trade and transport,” said Rashed Buqara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

“Today more than ever, Dubai is uniquely positioned to offer the global business community competitive advantages that will help achieve improved customer care, reduced costs and a greater supply-chain predictability, contributing to the growth of the city and wider region,” Buqara’a concluded.

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Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC)

Dubai Aviation City Corporation is the authority and the entity that owns, develops and manages Dubai World Central.

About Dubai World Central (DWC)

Dubai World Central (DWC) is one of the strategic initiatives of the government of Dubai, and strongly positions the emirate as a leading international trade center and a global fast-cycle logistics hub. The Dubai World Central aerotropolis comprises the new Al Maktoum International airport, set to be the world’s largest in volume and size upon completion, and the adjacent specialized free zones focused on fast-cycle logistics and aviation industries.

DWC is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the world, occupying an area of 140 square kilometers in Jebel Ali, next to the UAE’s largest free zones (JAFZA) and the Jebel Ali Sea Port, the sixth largest container terminal in the world. In addition to the dedicated link to Jebel Ali Sea Port, DWC’s unique multimodal capabilities are supported by links to all main motorways in the country and the Al Maktoum International Airport, which once complete will handle up to 120 million passengers and 12 million tons of air cargo per year. The airport will also serve as the main gateway to aviation and logistics companies that have already chosen DWC as their base for fast-cycle logistics.