Dubai Ruler opens Emirates airline's 16ha training academy
Construction works began in 2015 for the Dubai South academy, which is a full-residential complex that includes 36 ground school classrooms and an 1,800m runway
Emirates Flight Training Academy, a 16.4ha centre developed by aviation giant, Emirates, was inaugurated in Dubai South.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the facility, which has the capacity for 600 cadets.
Announced at the 2011 Dubai Airshow, the facility's construction works began in 2015, with landside installations and the first phase of accommodation being completed earlier this year.
The academy is a full-residential complex that includes 36 ground school classrooms, ground based simulators, a fleet of 27 training aircraft, an 1,800m runway with modern navigation aids and lighting, an independent air traffic control tower, rescue and firefighting services, and a maintenance centre.
Cadets admitted into the programme would have access to individual studio accommodation, in addition to sports and leisure facilities.
The academy was established to qualify UAE nationals and international students.
Dignitaries present at the centre's opening alongside the Dubai Ruler, included HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
Commenting on the facility's launch, HH Sheikh Ahmed, said: "The Emirates Flight Training Academy is designed to be one of the most advanced flight training facilities not just in the Middle East, but in the entire world.
"This is the only academy in the world that provides complete integration of flight training, ground school, accommodation and recreation under one roof.
"Students will not only get the best training but will be able to enjoy comfortable living standards while undergoing training," HH Sheikh Ahmed added, according to a press statement by Emirates.
The bulk of Emirate's flights are operated out of Terminal 3 at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Garhoud.
This October, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) announced it had signed an agreement with Dubai Airports to retrofit Terminals 1, 2, and 3 of DXB, and the Dubai International Airport Hotel at Concourse B.
Under the terms of the agreement, the ESCO will implement electricity- and water-saving best practices at the facilities, in addition to providing photovoltaic systems.
Retrofitting the hotel and terminal facilities is expected to help Dubai Airports achieve as much as 20% savings on its annual energy consumption.