Ahmed bin Saeed Reviews Rehabilitation Works on DXB's North Runway
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, visited the North Runway at Dubai International Airport to review the progress of the rehabilitation works.
The runway is scheduled to open for aviation traffic on 22 June, 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 - spearheaded by UAE national expertise from the Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP).
DAEP is a leading engineering organisation responsible for the master planning, design, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector - to ensure the project is completed within the set timeframe.
With an extremely tight schedule of just 45 days to complete, the North Runway Rehabilitation project is currently underway according to plan.
His Highness praised the exceptional efforts of the teams, and said: “The North Runway Rehabilitation project is a remarkable step in our efforts to facilitate and cater for the continuous growth of passengers and support the evolution of the air transport industry in the emirate.
"Dubai constantly seeks to ensure the resilience of its airport infrastructure and enhance the services provided to all passengers through deploying the latest state-of-the-art technologies.
"The general forecast for 2022 remains positive with projections for annual traffic flow now estimated to reach 58.3 million passengers, exceeding initial forecasts by a significant margin.”
The latest rehabilitation project included a workforce of over 400 engineers and field experts, as well as a labour force of around 3,800 people.
On the infrastructure side, due to their vast technical expertise in the construction of airports and their long-standing relationship with Dubai International Airport, Al Naboodah Contracting Company was appointed to conduct all the infrastructural works.
The North Runway at Dubai International Airport underwent a major rehabilitation in 2014, followed by the South Runway in 2019 which included an upgrade to the technologies deployed, as part of a regular maintenance programme to ensure the resilience and round the clock availability of the airfield.
Approaching the end of its pavement life, and while airport traffic is witnessing an aggressive rebound post COVID-19, the decision to rehabilitate the North Runway was taken so as to not impact the airport’s operation in the next decade.