The evolution of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) closely parallels the emergence and growth of Dubai’s aviation sector. When it first began operations in 1997, DAEP was known as the Engineering Projects Division of the Department of Civil Aviation. As Dubai’s aviation capacity demands grew, the division was given a wider mandate and operated as a semi-autonomous entity under the umbrella of the Dubai Aviation City Corporation. In acknowledgement of Dubai’s grand ambitions and the strategic importance of the aviation sector, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. 2 in 2012, setting up DAEP as an autonomous corporate entity attached to the Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

Building on its legacy, DAEP is responsible for the planning, construction, renovation and infrastructure works of airports and airport facilities within Dubai and beyond.


DAEP works closely with its stakeholders to enable the continued excellence and strategic growth of Dubai’s aviation sector. This requires an intimate understanding of the plans, projections and objectives of the different entities driving the dynamic aviation sector and working seamlessly together to bridge today’s capacity needs with tomorrow’s possibilities.

DAEP has developed “Strategic Plan 2020” (SP 2020), which outlines the planned capacity increases and development projects that are aligned with the overall growth projections of the aviation sector. The centerpiece of SP 2020 is the completion of Concourse 4 at Dubai International Airport, which will house all airlines operating from DXB, except for Emirates and flydubai, and the major infrastructure enhancements and support facilities listed below:

  • Major expansion of Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport for the exclusive use of flydubai
  • New taxiways and runway rehabilitations
  • Addition of new aircraft stands
  • Major expansion of existing cargo facilities
  • New ground service equipment and maintenance facilities
  • New fire stations and other support buildings
  • Line maintenance facilities for Emirates and flydubai
  • Major expansion of the Emirates Catering Facilities
  • Relocation of the Dubai Airshow Exhibition Halls to Dubai World Central
  • Relocation of general aviation to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central