Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, and Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, announced a commitment of Dh1 billion for Dubai World Central, a purpose-built aerotropolis, during last week’s Dubai Airshow 2011.
"In 2013, I am pleased to announce that the Dubai Airshow will be hosted at Dubai World Central," he said. "In the long term we will build the world's largest airport at Dubai World Central."
"Dubai World Central is an integral component of the strategic vision of the Dubai Government to establish the emirate as an international aviation hub and a gateway to global markets. The aviation district has been holistically conceived to capitalize on the dynamic aviation industry of the UAE and the region. Moving the Dubai Airshow 2013 to Dubai World Central is an example of Dubai's long-term plan to meet the growing demands of the industry," Sheikh Ahmad said.
The latest announcement is part of DWC's multi-phased plan to develop a dedicated aviation cluster.
"The investment will cover the relocation of the Dubai Airshow 2013 to Dubai World Central and the start of the first phase of development of its aviation district," the announcement said.
Covering over 6.8 square kilometers, the aviation district provides both landside and airside facilities and leverages the current and future capacity of Al Maktoum International Airport. Once complete, it will be home to many aviation companies, including Fiex-Based operations, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, and light manufacturing.
The new venue of Dubai Airshow 2013 will encompass a larger area than the current facility and will consist of a grand reception building, 2 large exhibition halls, and static display areas, which will offer more space to accommodate additional aircraft.
Source: Gulf News