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Who We Are

DAEP is a leading engineering organisation responsible for the master planning, design, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector. On behalf of the Government of Dubai, we spearhead the development of the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, Dubai International, and the emirate’s new airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) at Dubai World Central, which is part of the world’s first 140-square-kilometer purpose-built aerotropolis, Dubai South. 

DAEP engineering ingenuity is based on years of overcoming technical, logistics, timing, and resource challenges on some of the world’s most complex and sophisticated engineering projects. Whether it is master planning a mega aviation district or poring over the smallest technical details, we never lose sight of our ultimate mission – to deliver state-of-the-art engineering projects that empower economies, facilitate trade and bring people together.

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.

We are not building the largest airports in the world. We are building the aviation capital of the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vision, Mission and Values

Defining the future of
air travel

Our Vision -

Developing the aviation capital of the world.

Our Mission -

We engineer tomorrow’s airports and aviation related projects that empower Dubai’s economy for the next 50 years.

Our Values -
  • Efficiency
  • Safety and Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Respect
Our Leadership

Today, the world has turned into a village that we can visit in just a few hours.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum


You cannot stop progress. But you can drive it.

His Excellency Mr. Khalifa S. Al Zaffin

Executive Chairman

To deliver beyond expectations, our dreams must be unexpected.

Her Excellency Ms. Suzanne Al Anani


Timeline of Achievements
Breaking ground

A modest beginning for a limitless future

In 1937, aviation is introduced to Dubai with an Imperial Airways flying boat landing in the creek. Thereafter, in 1960, the foundations of an airport are laid with a single, compacted sand runway, capable of receiving planes the size of a Douglas DC-3.

A strong foundation

A taller, wider, better airport

The airport expands with a new-three storey terminal, a control tower and more taxiways. In 1971, following the formation of the UAE, the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation was formally established.

Signalling aviation’s future

Reaching for greater heights

Increasing flight traffic called for the opening of a second runway, which began operation in 1984. Emirates Airlines launches an inaugural flight in 1985 as a small, regional, government-owned airline. In 1989, the first version of Dubai Airshow comes to life as a small civil aviation exhibition.

Soaring high

Launching aviation for Dubai and the world

Following the success of the inaugural Dubai Airshow, the next edition in 1991 grew by three times with 400 companies participating. In 1997, DAEP takes shape as a special “Engineering Projects Division” under Dubai Civil Aviation. Terminal 2 opens the following year, increasing the Dubai airport’s capacity by 2 million. As the 1999 edition of the Airshow approaches, a new purpose-built expo facility is unveiled.

Travelling farther

Setting the bar for aviation worldwide

Terminal 1 opens, more than doubling Dubai International’s capacity from 10 to 23 million passengers. In 2006, a runway opens at Dubai World Central, laying the groundwork for the world’s future largest airport. DXB’s Terminal 3 opens in 2008, increasing passenger capacity to 60 million and setting the world record for the largest terminal. In 2009, Dubai Duty Free becomes the world’s largest duty-free retailer, reporting over USD 1 billion in revenue. In 2009, DXB is named the world’s fastest growing airport.

The future of freight

Cargo growth at a new and strategic location

Cargo operations launch from Dubai World Central, Dubai’s second airport, which is set to become the first multi-modal cargo hub for the region and the world.

Fuelling aviation ambition

DAEP becomes an autonomous, corporate entity

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issues a law to set up DAEP as an autonomous corporate entity attached to the Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

Achieving new milestones

Welcoming more passengers than ever before

A record 66.4 million passengers travel through Dubai International, 15.2% higher than 2012. Later in October, Dubai World Central opens its doors to passenger flights with an inaugural Wizz Air flight.

Breaking records

Becoming the busiest international airport

For the first time, Dubai International surpasses London Heathrow Airport as the world’s busiest international hub.

A beacon for the future

The biggest ever edition of the Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow welcomes nearly 80,000 trade visitors from 63 countries. With over 1,200 exhibitors, the exhibition reports revenue of USD 113.8 billion.


Diamond Category

This award, the highest possible honour under the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Program, was given to DAEP for excellence in operations and setting world-class standards.

Gold for Health and Safety

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents honoured DAEP a second time with this award, recognising the initiative to ensure staff get home safely at the end of a working day.

CIO 100

Computer News Middle East gave DAEP this award for the “Automation Journey” talk. The award celebrates the 100 organisations that use innovative IT solutions for business optimisation and growth.

Sword of Honour

In recognition of outstanding commitment to health, safety and environment, DAEP was awarded the Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council.

Globe of Honour

For the second year in a row, DAEP won the Globe of Honour to recognise excellence in safeguarding and enhancing the natural environment.

Five Star Rating

After an intensive audit, DAEP was awarded Five Stars for the second year in a row for enhancing the health and safety of its employees and safeguarding the natural environment.

Globe of Honour

DAEP was awarded the Globe of Honour for outstanding commitment to environment management and sustainable growth.

Gold for Business Initiative Directions

At the International Quality Summit, Business Initiative Directions awarded DAEP as an organisation dedicated to continuous improvement, innovation and the relentless pursuit of productivity that leads to excellence.

Highly Commended Health and Safety Initiative

DAEP received this award for the Worker Engagement Program, which focusses on engaging with its workforce for continual improvement in health and safety.

Gold for Health and Safety

This award was to recognise DAEP’s commitment to occupational safety management systems that resulted in projects being executed with minimal error, harm or loss.

Five Star Rating

After an intensive integrated audit, the British Safety Council awarded DAEP Five Stars for enhancing the health and safety of its employees and safeguarding the natural environment.

Best Improvement in Organisational Performance

The prestigious Dubai Government Excellence Program awarded DAEP for proactive measures to sustainably improve performance and overall results.

Airport Project of The Year

DAEP and ALEC won this award for Concourse D and its related projects. The body recognises key teams responsible for the highest quality projects in the GCC.

Dubai Quality Appreciation Award

This award was presented to DAEP for being a government organisation that provided the highest quality of service in 2016.

Gold Category

On the recommendation of a jury, this award was presented to DAEP for continuous organisational growth.

Dubai Police Award

DAEP was presented with the Dubai Police Award in March 2013 for the successful completion of Concourse A, the world’s first fully operational facility for A380 aircraft.

Quality Project of the Year, in association with Ernst & Young

This MEED Quality Award was given to DAEP for excellence in the Concourse A project.

National Winner

MEED recognised DAEP’s Concourse A project for excellence on a national level.

GCC Winner

MEED recognised DAEP’s Concourse A project as being of the highest quality across the GCC.

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