Dubai looks south One mil­lion peo­ple will be housed at site of the project

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh shoshana@7days.ae

Dubai’s aviation chief set out a mas­ter­plan for the city’s most am­bi­tious con­struc­tion project to date at the Dubai Air­port Show yes­ter­day.

The sprawl­ing devel­op­ment known as Dubai South, span­ning 140 sqkm, will house the big­gest air­port in the world, the Expo 2020 site and will be one of the world’s big­gest real es­tate hotspots.

Dubai South will help boost Dubai’s GDP by 32 per cent by 2020, Dubai’s aviation chief said dur­ing the Global Air­port Lead­ers’ Fo­rum held on the side­lines of the Air­port Show.

“Growth of lo­gis­tics and aviation is in­te­gral to Dubai’s eco­nomic strength and in de­vel­op­ing Dubai South, we are build­ing an in­te­grated air­port city, which will have a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in the eco­nomic growth,” said Khal­ifa Al Zaf­fin, Chair­man of Dubai Aviation City Cor­po­ra­tion.

“The in­fras­truc­ture to pro­vide seam­less con- nec­tiv­ity around Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional Air­port, so far cost us Dhs220 mil­lion.”

Lo­cated in Jebel Ali, Dubai South will see a gi­ant metropo­lis hous­ing one mil­lion peo­ple built around the air­port that will con­sist of eight districts - the Ex­hi­bi­tion District, Aviation District, Lo­gis­tics District, Com­mer­cial District, Golf District, Res­i­den­tial District, Busi­ness Park and the Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Al Mak­toum air­port will also be ex­panded to of­fer five run­ways where as many as 250 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year will land. 90 per cent of fly­dubai op­er­a­tions will also be moved there.

“Work has al­ready started to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal to han­dle five mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year to 25 mil­lion by the end of 2017,” he said.

Con­tracts for the fur­ther ex­pan­sion of the air­port to ac­com­mo­date 120 mil­lion pas­sen­gers af­ter 2020 will be awarded to con­struc­tion firms on May 28.

The growth of lo­gis­tics and aviation is in­te­gral to Dubai’s eco­nomic strength and devel­op­ment – Khal­ifa Al Zaf­fin

METROPO­LIS: The am­bi­tious project “will be­come one of the world’s real es­tate hotspots

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