Dubai runway ready for October

Construction of the first runway of Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) is on target for completion in
October 2007.  “Over 70% of JXB’s first four and a half kilometre CAT III runway is complete with
the target month for completion set for October 2007,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin
Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central
(DWC), Government of Dubai.

“This first runway - of a final six - will enable JXB to commence operations in
mid-2008 as the world’s largest passenger and freighter airport and cargo hub.”


“The progress, achieved in just over a year, is a reflection of Dubai government’s
commitment to the region’s burgeoning aviation infrastructure development. With US$
82 billion earmarked for this growth in Dubai, the emirate is leading the way across
the Middle East, African and South Asian markets, part of a global aviation market
which will be worth US$ 2.6 trillion by 2025,” continued Sheikh Ahmed.



With the gathering of many airport suppliers from these markets at the Airport Show
currently underway at the Airport Expo Dubai, JXB, which is a Greenfield
development, has grabbed the spotlight as trade visitors and exhibitors alike are
updated about the project’s progress.


JXB is at the core of the massive 140 square kilometre Dubai World Central (DWC)
urban aviation community being built in Jebel Ali just 40 kilometres from Dubai city
centre. Al Nabooda Contracting Company, which is building the runway - labelled
Runway 12/30 - is also working on three parallel taxiways and associated rapid exits
- 40% complete so far, the airside road network and infrastructure services such as
airfield lighting, power, water, fire fighting and drainage network.


In conjunction with the adjacent Dubai Logistics City and Jebel Ali port and free
zone, JXB forms the world’s first truly integrated multi-modal logistics platform
with all transportation modes, logistics and value-added services, such as product
manufacturing and assembly, coming together in a single-bonded free zone


The US$8.1 billion JXB airport will have a capacity to handle between 120-150
million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo annually upon completion.