Ahmed bin Saeed reviews the progress of rehabilitation work on Dubai International Airport’s North Runway



– The runway is scheduled to open for air traffic on June 22, 2022
– With an extremely tight schedule of only 45 days, the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is currently underway according to plan
– More than 400 engineers and field experts, and 3,800 workers are working to carry out the major rehabilitation project

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airline & Group, today visited the north runway of the Dubai International Airport to review the progress of rehabilitation works at the runway, which is scheduled to open to air traffic on June 22, 2022.

During the site visit, His Highness was briefed on the progress of the North Runway Rehabilitation Project and the efforts being made by various multinational teams – led by UAE national expertise from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects ( DAEP), a leading engineering organization responsible for the master planning, design, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector – to ensure the project is completed on schedule. With an extremely tight schedule of only 45 days, the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is currently underway according to plan.

His Highness commended the exceptional efforts of the teams and said, “The North Runway Rehabilitation Project is a remarkable milestone in our efforts to facilitate and respond to the continued growth in passenger numbers and support the evolution of the industry. air transport in the emirate. Dubai is constantly seeking to ensure the resilience of its airport infrastructure and to improve the services provided to all passengers by deploying the latest state-of-the-art technologies”.

His Highness added: “The general forecast for 2022 remains positive with annual traffic flow projections now estimated at 58.3 million passengers, exceeding the initial forecast by a significant margin.”

The latest rehabilitation project included a workforce of over 400 engineers and field experts, as well as a workforce of approximately 3,800 people. On the infrastructure side, due to their extensive technical expertise in airport construction and their long-standing relationship with Dubai International Airport, Al Naboodah Contracting Company was appointed to carry out all infrastructure works.

Dubai International Airport’s North Runway underwent a major rehabilitation in 2014, followed by the South Runway in 2019 which included an upgrade of deployed technologies, as part of a regular maintenance program to ensure resilience and the 24-hour availability of the airfield.

Approaching the end of its pavement life, and as airport traffic experiences an aggressive rebound after COVID-19, the decision to rehabilitate the north runway was taken so as not to impact the operation of the airport. over the next decade.

The rehabilitation works involved the complete reconstruction of 4,500 meters of the central strip of the runway, all associated taxiways and graded safety strips. More than 295,000 tonnes of special asphalt and 125,000 tonnes of concrete have been placed on the site since the start of work to date. Over 4,230 Fully Addressable LED (AFL) airfield lights have been upgraded and reinstalled. In addition, the latest in navigational aid systems and meteorological equipment (MET) technologies have been installed to improve safety and increase North Runaway’s operational capability.

For the success of a project of such magnitude, the preparatory work was essential and substantial. More than a year before the start of the project, detailed requirements, condition assessments, planning, design, construction logistics and phasing work had to be coordinated very closely and in an integrated manner with the main airport entities and stakeholders, local authorities, the contractor and the consultant.

Special measures and arrangements have been put in place to mitigate the traffic overflow resulting from this closure of the Dubai World Central (DWC) passenger terminal, and an extensive public awareness campaign has been put in place to inform the general public. of these changes. Additionally, Dubai Airports has introduced a free shuttle service between DXB and DWC airports to facilitate connectivity and ensure a smooth experience for passengers.

Once the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is completed, the DXB airfield will support continued growth in air traffic for a significant number of years to come. The aforementioned growth forms a fundamental objective in Dubai’s strategy to be a world-class tourist destination and logistics hub.

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