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Emirates to build new $950 million engineering facility

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a massive $950 million investment to build a new ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).

Spanning 1 million square meters, the engineering complex will be the largest and most advanced of its kind operated by any airline, adding a boost to Dubai’s world-class aviation infrastructure.

Specifically designed to support Emirates‘ aircraft fleet and operational requirements in the 2040s, the facility will also be a center of excellence for commercial aviation engineering services in the Middle East, with excess capacity potentially offered to other airline operators.

Commenting on the investment in the Dubai Airshow, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and group, saying:

“This significant investment indicates our confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector. The new facilities will allow Emirates to be completely self-sufficient with regards to maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO) and all engineering requirements for our aircraft fleet. It provides us with operational stability and flexibility, and quality assurance. With the projected growth of the region’s aviation sector, Emirates’ new engineering facilities will also play a key role as a center of excellence, attracting participation from global players across the aviation supply chain. “It will create thousands of skilled technical jobs and add value to Dubai’s economy.”

EmiratesThe new engineering facilities will be equipped to handle the full range of specialist aeronautical engineering services, from routine aircraft checks to custom paint jobs, light and heavy maintenance programmes, engine repair and testing, to complete interior fit-out of cabins and aircraft conversions.

Ali Mubarak Al Soori, Executive Vice President of Emirates Group: Facilities, Project Management and Group Procurement and Supply Chain, saying:

“Construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in 2024 and complete in 2027. Arrangements have been made for further expansion, potentially doubling capacity in Phase 2, in line with fleet growth and operational requirements.” from Emirates. Emirates Engineering’s new complex will also incorporate sustainability into its design, including: the use of eco-friendly construction materials throughout the complex; the installation of solar panels on rooftops throughout the campus; and the installation of oil and wastewater recycling systems.”

Phase 1 The project will build 8 maintenance hangars and 1 painting hangar, all of them capable of handling commercial aircraft of any size up to Code F (A380), an engine starting facility, some 20 support workshops, massive storage facilities and Administrative office.

Existence Emirates Engineering Center at Dubai International (DXB) will continue to support the airline’s operations, and the new complex at DWC will initially handle additional work and heavy maintenance programs with increased aircraft ground time.

ADP Engineering has been appointed as a consultant for the project.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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