Wednesday, January 31, 2007

His Highness Sexy Sheikh Ahmed unveils Middle East's largest Executive Jet Centre at MEBA


HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai World Central - Dubai Aviation Corporation, Government of Dubai, has unveiled the masterplan for the Middle East's largest executive jet centre at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) exhibition at Airport Expo Dubai.

HH unveiled a model of the world class facility which will be among the industry's best competing with Van Nuys in California, Teterboro in New York, Le Bourget in France and Farnborough in the UK.
The Executive Jet Centre will be built at the US$ 33 billion Dubai World Central, the 140 square kilometre urban aviation city taking shape at Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, home to the dedicated flight centre designed to be a one-stop centre for business jet operations.
The Executive Jet Centre will be built adjacent to the Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), which will be the world's largest airport being the size of Chicago's O'Hare and London Heathrow combined.
'Going by recent industry trends, the Middle East's burgeoning business aviation sector will see further growth and we need to be prepared,' said Sheikh Ahmed.
'Dubai World Central will lead the way in the region by providing world-class executive jet facilities that will rival the very best in the world.'
Global interest in the facility has been high, according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, Director of Projects and Engineering, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai.
'The Executive Jet Centre will be one of the biggest in the world in terms of expected traffic with a handling capacity in excess of 100,000 aircraft movements a year - a statistic big enough to attract all the important players worldwide,' explained Al Zaffin.
'The facility is expected to be operational by end-2008. It will include a dedicated duty-free, business centre, fitness room, food outlets and crew rest areas. The Executive Flight Centre will also feature a specific area for executive helicopter and heli-taxi operations.
Work on the first JXB runway, due for completion end of this year, is 50% complete. The 4.5 kilometre CAT III runway is designed to handle the new generation Airbus A380 aircraft and will enable JXB, and its adjacent Dubai Logistics City to commence operations as the world's largest freighter airport and logistics hub.
The US$ 8.1 billion JXB has been designed to handle in excess of 120 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo annually.

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