• 28 Oct
    ‘We are building the aviation capital of the world,’ says Sheikh Mohammed



    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the vision behind the establishment of Emirates Airline 30 years ago was to build ‘the aviation capital of the world’ in Dubai. In January this year, Dubai International Airport officially overtook Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, but Sheikh Mohammed, who initiated the plan to create Emirates back in 1985, said the aim was never about building the largest airports in the world.




    In a series of tweets on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed recalled the early days of setting up Emirates.

    “Yesterday we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Emirates. I remember well our first steps and the challenges of building our own airline,” Sheikh Mohammed recalled. “Emirates began in 1985 with two leased planes. Today we connect 147 destinations on 5 continents with 240 planes and we have 267 more on order,” he added. Outlining the future for the airline, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Our vision for Emirates for the next 30 years is rooted in innovation: to reinvent aviation with new products, technologies and services. “Competing in aviation requires not only physical infrastructure but also intellectual infrastructure to entirely redefine global travel.” Sheikh Mohammed said the wider plan for Dubai was always about creating an aviation hub in the emirate. “Our vision for Dubai is clear: we are not building the largest airports in the world. We are building the aviation capital of the world.”