First runway complete at Dubai World Central International Airport

The first runway at Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) in Jebel Ali, set to be the world's largest, is now complete.

The first runway at Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) in Jebel Ali, set to be the world's largest, is now complete.

The project, which was built by Al Naboodah Contracting for US $272 million (AED 1 billion), was completed within the project 600 days.

The runway will now undergo a period of strenuous tests and trials over the next six to eight months to fulfil its CAT III-C requirements - a precision instrument approach and landing capability with zero metres visibility for aircraft.

JXB's $27 million first passenger terminal, being built by a joint venture of Arabtec/Max Bogl, is 40% complete with the finishes and MEP tender due to be awarded before the year end.

"The first terminal will cater to seven million passengers annually but will serve to take considerable load off Dubai International Airport (DXB) in terms of flights over the next three to four years," said Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai World Central. "The two huge mega terminals and the six concourses, designed to handle in excess of 120 million passengers annually, are currently in the design stage by a team of international architects and technical consultants."

Around 9,000 workers are currently working on the project.

This number is expected to increase substantially over the next three years with the awarding of 40 contracts within the next few months.

"Of the 30 tenders already awarded, 20 have been specifically for JXB's infrastructure and the rest are spread over DWC's real estate and logistics components," said Abdulla Al Falasi, DWC's marketing and corporate communications director.

"The biggest non-JXB tender awarded so far has been the Dubai Logistics City (DLC) headquarters and office park buildings worth $408 million."

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