Construction of Dubai World Central International Airport city project got underway in February 2005. Some 25 miles (40 kilometres) from the existing Dubai International Airport, this phased development will focus on cargo traffic followed by passenger terminals. It has a handling capacity of about 12 million tonnes of cargo and 120 million passengers annually. It will have six parallel runways - all expected to be A380 capable.
Works on the Cargo Terminal Building by Arabtec / Max Boëgl JV began in October 2006 and was completed at the end of 2007. It consists of a ground floor, which has an area of 34,056 square metres, and a mezzanine floor, which has an area of 7073 square metres. The total area of the project is 41,129 square metres.
Arabtec’s Pre-cast Division won one of the four major subcontract packages; the pre-cast cladding works. The client is the Government of Dubai.
With such tremendous potential, it is important to underline the size and capacity of the cargo facilities promised from this potential star of the Middle East air cargo industry. As part of Dubai Logistics City (DLC), it is waving its own ambitious banner as the world’s largest freighter airport and logistics hub. This new facility will be 10 times the size of the current Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village combined.
The airport will have an annual cargo capacity of more than three times that of Memphis in the United States, today’s largest cargo hub.