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Dubai Airports to close DXB's northern runway for upgrades

Minimal flight disruption pledged as Dubai International Airport's second runway to temporarily close this week

Dubai's DXB is a world record-setting aviation hub.
Dubai Airports
Dubai's DXB is a world record-setting aviation hub.

Dubai Airports, the operator behind the world record-setting Dubai International Airport (DXB), will temporarily close its northern runway this weekend for upgrade work, with the firm stating that minimal flight disruptions would be caused at the facility where the UAE's Al Naboodah Construction Group is already implementing southern runway revamp works

According to a report by Construction Week's sister title Arabian Business, a spokesperson for Dubai Airports said DXB's northern runway would close for three days in May.

The closure will take effect between 5-7pm on 24 May; 4-7pm on 26 May; and 5-7pm on 27 May.

In the statement, the spokesperson added: "The closures have been carefully planned during the least busy period of the day and in close coordination with airlines and other service partners involved in airport operations, to minimise flight disruptions and keep passenger inconvenience to a minimum.

“Dubai Airports requests passengers traveling on the mentioned dates to check their flight times before heading to the airport and to check with their respective airlines for any updates.”

VIDEO: Inside Al Naboodah's southern runway revamp at DXB

The airport’s southern runway is currently closed, and will be until 30 May, as part of a 45-day rehabilitation project.

Al Naboodah Construction Group said earlier this year that at its peak, the southern runway's revamp at DXB would require more than 90 construction vehicles and 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials, and personnel to reach the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic.

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