• 24 Dec
    Al Maktoum International – Phase-I – 2050 Strategic Plan

    The first Phase of Al Maktoum International has physically taken off. A new milestone has been set as a target for the Aviation Sector to accomplish and materialize the long time vision of our ancestors, for Dubai to become the biggest aviation hub in the world.

    Back in September 2014, we had been given the blessing of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum on the scheme of Al Maktoum international.

    Today we are digging on site.

    Al Maktoum International or DWC as we also know it has Kicked-off.


    Al Maktoum International

    Dubai’s rapid and amazing growth in the last fifty years could not have happened without the vision and determination of our ancestors which transformed Dubai to what it is today, supported by its robust Aviation Sector which contributes directly and indirectly up to a quarter of Dubai’s total GDP growth.

    Covering a land area of nearly 65 square km, an enormous size for an airport by any standard, DWC lays within the 140 square km of Dubai South city site.

    It will be an airport of an unprecedented scale, capable of handling in excess of 220 million passengers and over 12 million tonnes of cargo per year on its ultimate completion.

    Al Maktoum International airport is estimated to be around ten times the size of the present Dubai International airport.

    Along with Dubai International, Dubai’s vision is to become the world’s largest aviation hub in passenger and cargo transfer, capable of handling with its two airports, an excess of 300 Million Passengers in the coming 30 years.

    The new airport shall be the future hub for Emirates Airline, within a non-constrained site able to respond to the continuous and ambitious growth of the airline that is recording a double digit, year after year.


    Phase 1

    The first Phase is what everyone is geared up for in the Aviation Sector. A wide community of specialized consultants, contractors and stakeholders is now mobilized towards realizing this dream.

    Over a 100 Billion AED investments in the coming 8 to 9 years will be spent to allow for more than 120 Million Passenger per year to be processed through the new airport.

     This first phase comprises of:

    • A 650,000sqm West Terminal with a 30 Million O/D passenger capacity per annum connected to the major road arteries of Dubai.
    • Two 1,600,000sqm Satellite Concourses
    • Two new runways of 4.5 Km each.
    • Over 1,500,000sqm of Support Facilities laid out in a manner that allows efficient and timely airport operation.
    • Sustainable design.
    • Extension of the Metro Red Line to the West Terminal for employees and commuters.
    • State of the art BHS system.
    • Cargo terminals.
    • Etc…

    The first milestone of this phase will be handed over for the Airport Operation in the first quarter of 2025 to enable Emirates Airline move to its new hub and preserve its aggressive growth which started be severely constrained in Dubai International.

    Under the umbrella of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, the Planning and Execution arm of Dubai Aviation City Corporation on all Aviation Projects in the Emirate of Dubai, we are today at a stage where all packages are substantially advanced in the design process, and the architectural aspects are being developed and studied carefully.

    The procurement strategy is now clear.

    The mapping for the procurement process, the packaging strategy and programme milestones are set.

    We are pleased today to announce the formal signature of 3 Main contracts related to Al Maktoum Projects:

    • The Grading and Site clearance with Tristar Engineering & Construction.

    The package have been awarded on 28 June 2016 and construction has started on site.

    In fact the first milestone was completed back in mid-September 2016.

    It is a massive undertaking of earth moving that involves over 60 million cubic meters of cut and fill.

    Today over 17% of cut and 20% of fill was completed with more than 13,4 Mn m3 of cut and fill have been executed.

    The target completion is June 2018.

    By that time the AMI site platform would be fully levelled and graded to receive all other construction package.

    • The Logistics Package with NCTC (National Contracting & Transport Co. L.L.C)

    The packages have been awarded on 20 November 2016 and construction has started on site.

    This is the main package that ensures the setup is ready to receive all contractors.

    It involves all site logistics, fencing, security, gated access, internal and external access roads, site organization and DAEP along with Consultants offices.

    • The Passenger Terminal Building Apron Works with National Wheel J&P L.L.C

    The packages have been awarded on 20 November 2016 and construction has started on site.

    Those works are directly related to the Passenger Terminal Building at the South of Al Maktoum which has been undergoing a major expansion that could accommodate FlyDubai’s entire traffic starting mid 2017 in order to allow more space for Emirates Airline to expand in the current Dubai International.

    The package included building aprons in the south of AL Maktoum International to accommodate:

    • West & East apron stands: 22 new Code C & 1 new code D remote stands.
    • North Apron Stands: Reconfiguration with services of remote stands to achieve 17 Code C & 1 MARS and upgraded code E stands.
    • Staging Areas.
    • Associated infrastructure works to the above.

    On the other hand and to give a small update on where the development is now the following is to be brought to attention:

    • The Baggage Handling System tenders are back since early December. It is our next milestone in the procurement process. One of the most specialized and complex packages in the Airport. It is the main system that handles all passengers luggage in the airport with a capacity that exceeds over 220,000bags per day.

    The award and involvement of a specialized vendor with us at this stage of the project development is key to the optimization of the design.

    Other major and specialized packages are also expected to be out soon in the market:

    • Substructure packages by the first quarter 2017 inclusive of foundations and basement civil works in the range of 10 Billion AED value.
    • Automated People Mover or APM is expected to be out in the market by early next year as well.
    • Other direct material procurements have also been identified and those will be out in due course.

    In other words, the site will be very busy from mid next year onwards.


    “We are viewing Al Maktoum International as the main catalyst for the growth of the city around, Dubai South…”

    The development of the largest International Airport hub in the world will also be a great uplift for Dubai’s economy. The planned airport would represent a significant pole of attraction for industrial, office and service employment.

    Major airports in the world have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs.

    The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today’s air gateways anchors of the 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport.

    Although most Aerotropolis developments to date have been organic, spontaneous and chaotic — often spawning congestion and environmental problems — future Airport Cities like Dubai South are envisaged as recipes for success.

    The concept employed for this city is the one of a simple integration. This entails the creation of a direct relationship defined by proximity, between the airport, its functions and the surrounding synergistic land uses, thus forming the basis of a City Level Community.


    Dubai International airport, Emirates Airlines


    Today, Dubai International Airport (DI) has become the world’s first busiest airport for international passenger traffic, leaping ahead of Heathrow airport and serving a record figure of 81.6 million passengers a year over August 2016, and more than 7.7 million passenger in mid last summer.

    To overcome this, 2011, The Aviation Sector had kicked off the 2020 Strategic Plan (SP 2020) for Dubai International, identified as a 22billion AED investment plan, aimed to prolong the life of the existing airport, in lead time for the development of Dubai’s newest and biggest airport, Al Maktoum International.

    This plan is almost completed now with the handover of its last milestone Concourse D in January 2016 boosting the airport capacity by another 18 Map after Terminal 2 Expansion back in 2013.

    Dubai International is capable now of handling more than 92.5 Million passengers per annum in capacity.

    But this is not where we stop for this ambitious airport.

    Growth did not stop, and it should be dealt with by the time AMI is ready. Thus the DXB+ strategy.

    DXB+ is the complementary plan to the 2020 Strategic plan which further enhances all operational elements of the airport to enable it keep up with the demand up to the readiness of AMI.

    Another 5billion AED is being invested over the current airport to allow it handle the excess of 110 Million passengers per annum and accommodate over 90 MAP for Emirates Airline only in the 10 years to come.

    In summary, we are steaming ahead, at all fronts to satisfy our ambitions and the vision of our rulers of remaining First.